Michigan State Spartans
The coach also announced the team captains Thursday.
Going into the season, this might not be where you would think the Wolverines and Spartans should be ranked.
The rankings might surprise you, especially if you thought that the defending conference champion and Rose Bowl-winning Spartans were the best team in the Big Ten.
Last season’s Big Ten title and Rose Bowl victory was the culmination of Michigan State’s steady improvement in Dantonio’s seven seasons at the helm.
The redshirt sophomore averaged 4.9 points and 1.5 rebounds last season, while shooting 49.4 percent from the 3-point line.
Drummond got the best of former Michigan State Spartan and current Golden State Warrior, Draymond Green, in a Team USA practice on Monday.
Payne averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds while starting all six games for the Hawks’ Las Vegas summer league team this month.
In the meantime, here is a hysterical and adorable photo of Izzo posted by his buddy and former Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci.
Michigan State’s up-and-down team might be peaking at just the right time.
While hosting Northwestern might seem like an ideal opportunity for the Spartans to get back on track, Tom Izzo is wary of the Wildcats.