December 21st, 2020

A few short weeks ago, Tom Izzo was entertaining questions about this Michigan State team being one of the best defensive squads of his tenure. The Spartans had locked down during a dominant stretch against Notre Dame, then gone to Duke and played a staunch brand of defense at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The team had an experienced and athletic perimeter and size in the low post to make life difficult for opposing teams. Then, like so many other things in this upside-down year, things went south quickly.