Michigan State has won at least 11 games in four of the last five seasons and has ended each of the last four seasons with bowl game wins.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be contending for the national championship shortly,” John Harbaugh said of Michigan.
Harbaugh will bring back helmet stickers to the program, while doing away with allowing players to wear “Legends” jerseys.
The basket didn’t count, but Dekker ended the game with 17 points that helped Wisconsin to their 72-65 win over Oregon.
Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, 60-54 on Sunday.
Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo needs the team’s trio of leaders – his “three amigos,” as he calls them – to step up their games.
Izzo, whose Spartans enter the tournament as a seven-seed after a relatively rocky season, did not label Kentucky as a sure bet to win it all.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament starts Thursday on the court, and there are a number of online resources for fans to follow the action.
“I don’t think it’s going to be the detriment that cost us for sure four to five games this year,” Izzo said of the team’s foul shooting.