The Spartans ultimately depended too much on one player, Draymond Green.
He doesn’t have the sculpted physique of Thomas Robinson or the endless length of Anthony Davis, but Draymond Green possesses everything else.
There’s a thread running through Michigan State’s program that connects the decades and NCAA titles – three players intertwined by talent, charisma and leadership skills.
Michigan State Spartans are the Big Ten tournament champs beating Ohio State 68-64 in the final game on Sunday.
Big Ten player of the year Draymond Green scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Saturday’s 65-52 semifinal win over No. 14 Wisconsin, and he said Sunday’s game is a chance at redemption for top-seeded Michigan State.
Draymond Green had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Michigan State over Iowa 92-75 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Michigan State’s Draymond Green was chosen as player of the year in the Big Ten by two panels, one comprised of media, the other made up of coaches.
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo was selected as coach of the year for a third time as the Spartans finished 24-7 and 13-5 in the league after starting the season unranked.
Michigan State’s team posed for pictures — without a smile seen — in front of a Big Ten championship banner during a postgame ceremony to honor its seniors.
Even on a losing night for Michigan State, it’s easy to see why Draymond Green should be the Big Ten player of the year.