2013 NCAA Tournament: A Look Back At No. 3 Michigan State Spartans’ Season
The Spartans started off the season with a loss to the Connecticut Huskies. It seemed like Tom Izzo would finally have a mediocre team, despite being ranked as high as No. 14 to start the season.
Michigan State entered conference play hot, but lost to a much hotter Minnesota Gophers team. After that point, the Spartans were arguably the best team in the Big Ten, right up there with Michigan and Indiana. Michigan State lost three games in a row dating back to late February to early March and they still only finished one game back in the Big Ten standings.
The Spartans lost in the Big Ten tourney to the hottest team in the conference in the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State ended up winning the conference tourney and they still have not lost a game and will play in the Elite Eight later on today.
For a team that lost its best player in Draymond Green, Michigan State had a great season. They played much better than a No. 3 seed the entire year, but it is what it is. The Spartans just ran into a better Duke team and could not make it out of the round of 16. Although Tom Izzo is known to coach less talented teams to the Final Four, this was not one of them.
Assuming that Michigan State does not lose a bunch of players to the NBA draft, the Spartans will be even better next year. Derrick Nix was the only senior on the team, so a Sweet 16 appearance and beyond will be expected from Sparty next season.