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Michigan State

Preseason Top 25 + 1 Countdown (Michigan State)

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 22: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts as the Spartans take on the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 22: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts as the Spartans take on the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Why this team will be good: Because thinking a Michigan State team coached by Tom Izzo won’t be good is essentially giving up your credibility. Michigan State is almost always a reliable defensive and rebounding team. Last season, MSU was third overall in KenPom.com’s tempo-adjusted defense (behind Louisville and Ohio State) and top 31 in offensive and defensive rebounding. The team is still big, so it’s not likely to have too much of a drop-off. This team should be a faster group than last year, too, and I think that puts them at an advantage in the famously slow Big Ten.

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