The Michigan State Spartans started the NCAA Tournament as a seventh seed, but they've exceeded expectations by making their seventh Final Four under head coach Tom Izzo. Even though they are the lowest-seeded team in the Final Four, Michigan State still has a great chance to win the national championship. Here are three reasons why:
3) Unselfish Offense
A trademark of any Tom Izzo team is unselfishness and ball movement, and Michigan State ranks among the best teams in the country in assists (17.2 per game). The Spartans have weapons that can hurt you all over the court, and because they’re so willing to share the ball, it makes Michigan State’s offense unpredictable and harder to guard.
Wisconsin is the only Final Four team with more experience than the Spartans, headlined by senior point guard Travis Trice and senior forward Branden Dawson. Having older, more mature players on the court should pay dividends for them against Duke and in a potential matchup against Kentucky.
1) Tom Izzo
No one owns March like Tom Izzo. He's made the most Final Fours of any coach this century, owns the NCAA Tournament record for most wins as the lower-seeded team, and have seven appearances in the title game. Izzo always seems to get the most out of his team, and he's the biggest reason why you can't count the Spartans out.
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