March 4th, 2022

As late as last week, Izzo was still praising Michigan State’s defense overall this season as being strong. It’s been ranked at different points in the season as one of the best in college basketball, and Michigan State’s defensive numbers have been among the better ones in the Big Ten for most of conference play. But in the last two games, with the postseason looming, the Spartans’ defense has taken a dramatic turn for the worst that’s confounded coaches and players.