2014 NCAA Tournament: Michigan State Spartans Could Be Favorites for National Championship

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The No. 5 Michigan State Spartans defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 73-56 to bring their record to 13-1. The Spartans were led by guard Gary Harris, who scored 26 points and had five steals. Michigan State will be proud of their win, because it sets the tone for future dominating performances in Big 10 play.

Although 0-2 against Big 10 opposition, Indiana isn’t a weak opponent. At 10-5, they will have every opportunity to pull off a few upsets and make it to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. If Michigan State can dominate a talented team like Indiana by 17 points, though, other top teams in not only the Big 10, but college basketball should be worried.

The Spartans are ranked No. 5 overall, but should still be the favorite to win the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Michigan State has wins over the then No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats, the 11-2 Oklahoma Sooners and 11-2 Texas Longhorns. Although their schedule hasn’t been as difficult as many top college basketball teams, the Spartans will prove themselves in conference play and have an opportunity to face some of the best competition college basketball has to offer.

With an extremely difficult Big 10 slate against teams like the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers and No. 22 Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan State will have every opportunity to seal their place as a No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. If the Spartans can have success in the Big 10, there won’t be a team that can stop them on the way to the Final Four and possibly the National Championship.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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