The Michigan State Spartans may have lost nine games on the year, but all nine of those losses were against teams that were ranked at some point in the season.
The Spartans’ nine losses on the season came against seven teams, which were the Connecticut Huskies, Miami Hurricanes, Minnesota Gophers, Indiana Hoosiers (twice), Ohio State Buckeyes (twice), Michigan Wolverines and Duke Blue Devils. Five of those teams that Michigan State played were actually ranked in the top 10 (at the time) and six overall were ranked in the top 10 at some point during the season.
Connecticut was the lowest ranked team (at the time) that Michigan State lost to, other than Miami, who wasn’t even ranked. The Huskies were ranked No. 23 and that loss came in the very first game of the season for the Spartans.
Although none of this really has that much significance, since Michigan State did not win the Big Ten regular season title, conference tournament or NCAA Tournament, it does show that the Spartans were a very good team and only lost against quality opponents this season.
The last loss of the year was the most costly, since it knocked Michigan State out of the Big Dance and that came against a Duke Blue Devils team that was regarded as one of the best teams in college basketball all season long.
Michigan State could very easily be even better next year, but it all depends on how many players enter or don’t enter the NBA draft. However, head coach Tom Izzo is known for putting together some pretty good teams, so the Spartans should be fine no matter what happens.
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