Wild Week of Travel for the Spartans

     How well we remember Michigan State's opening travel itinerary to the men's basketball season.  The aircraft carrier game in San Diego where the Spartans gave top ranked North Carolina a good game but just didn't have enough.  Then it was back home for a quick turnaround and trip to New York to face Duke and that produced another loss with Mike Krzyzewski breaking Bob Knight's career coaching victory record.  MSU started 0-2 and travel was a big factor right?

      Well it could be a bigger factor this year.  The 10-hour trip to Germany and a midnight game can't be easy on anyone.  The Spartans are favored over U Conn, but what if they don't win?  Then it's ten more hours back home, a quick change and a quick prep for Kansas the nation's 7th ranked team on Tuesday night in Atlanta.  That's asking a lot and not even NBA teams have to deal with such a regimen.

     Tom Izzo knew what he was getting into but he wanted the German trip because his players wanted it.  And it does start the season off in a special way.   And it's a long season too so the first couple of non conference games may not mean much.  But then again what if MSU starts 2-0 with all that travel?

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