A Look At the Michigan State Spartans' Toughest Game of the Season

By Trevor Lowry
Michigan State Spartans
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The Michigan State Spartans will be playing tough teams all season long, but let’s take a look at their toughest one of the season.

The matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats will be awesome. It is as simple as that. Kentucky brings in arguably the best recruiting class of all time. That tends to be the case when a team gets 20 five-stars to join its squad. Okay, it really isn’t 20, but it does break down like this: five five-stars, one four-star and two three-stars (according to ESPN).

That is unheard of, but apparently John Calipari could care less. What a recruiting job he has done for the Wildcats.

Now onto the Spartans. Returning will be Gary Harris, Keith Appling, Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne (among others). Basically only Derrick Nix will be gone.

Michigan State finished with a 27-9 record last season and earned a No. 3 seed in the tourney.

Tom Izzo vs. John Calipari. Two top 10 teams going head-to-head. Possibly two top five teams.

This will easily be one of the best matchups of the year. Keep in mind that Michigan State also plays in the Big Ten and will also play North Carolina this year. Games against Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State and others will also be great to see, but this non-conference schedule game will be for some series bragging rights and will be played against two national title contenders.

As you can see, I am not excited at all for this game (sarcasm).

Kentucky vs. Michigan State. It just sounds good.

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