Michigan State's men's basketball team has won seven straight games, but the head coach is unhappy flying Thursday to Spokane, Washington. An extra day on sight is needed to prepare for Saturday's 9pm game against Gonzaga. It's a tough place to play and a decent team and Tom Izzo figures his team needs a good shake up and dressing down after going through the motions for a half Wednesday against the likes of Central Connecticut State. I still think MSU is the second beste team in the Big Ten and I base that off the first nine games and by what I've seen of others.
Ohio State is tops if Jared Sullinger is healthy. But he has back issues and if they plague him through the winter then the Buckeyes will have to hustle to win the title. Other teams will give MSU trouble when the Spartans are on the road, but once again, the league does not impress me with any monster teams. MSU is not ranked and in my mind the Spartans are clearly a top 25 team.
Who in the world is that good after Kentucky and North Carolina? No one I've seen so far. MSU has flaws, but those guards are coming along. MSU needs to play hard as heck as Izzo demands but if that's what the Spartans do they have plenty of physical talent to wear other teams down. I'm a bit surrprised frankly -- they've beaten some cream puffs but they have some strength and I think Appling and Trice are tough to deal with when they're both on the floor at the same time.