Preseason Top 25 + 1 Countdown (Michigan State)
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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