December 02, 2009
The Hunt for the Most Interesting Team in the World is the Dagger's 2009-10 countdown preview series. Check out the overriding principles here.
Last year's record: 31-7 (15-3, Big Ten)
2009-2010's toughest games: vs. Florida (L), vs. North Carolina (L), at Texas
Primary attraction: Can Michigan State repeat the magic of 2009 and give Tom Izzo his second national championship?
Three items of undeniable interest:
1. Kalin Lucas -- If he's not the best point guard in the country, Lucas is in the discussion with one of the guys he helped beat in last year's tournament (Sherron Collins of Kansas). Sometimes he needs to become a little less selfish with the ball (he took 17 shots against Carolina on Tuesday night, many of which were contested), but with a bulked-up frame, look for him to be an All-American in 2009.
2. How good were they? -- MSU was going to be one of the 2010 favorites regardless of what the team did in the '09 tournament. But because the squad knocked off Kansas, Louisville and Connecticut in succession last March (and April), expectations became huge. The truth is, the Spartans were a flawed team last year and they are this year too. That's not meant to be an insult; I'm sure Izzo would agree. Two early-season losses to Florida and North Carolina are nothing to hang their heads at, but it should be interesting to see how they deal with all the hype.
3. Suton-less? -- Goran Suton has moved on, so it will be left to Delvin Roe, Draymond Green and Raymer Morgan to bang it around inside. That should be enough to run with Purdue and Michigan and Ohio State, but how will it fare against bigger schools in the NCAAs?
Magic: A nice little package on Magic Johnson's MSU career (although the bit about him not having NBA aspirations seems a tad spurious.)