Every year, like clockwork, Tom Izzo sets up a gauntlet November schedule he later laments. And almost every year, like clockwork, Michigan State basketball carries its Thanksgiving feat into December. Largely because the quality of opponents from the opening month typically tends to go from bluebloods to low- and mid-major programs. That is, until the Big Ten moved up the start of conference play during the 2017-18 season. Now, what once was a chance to spend the early part of December easing up and focusing on finals has the Spartans and others ratcheting up their intensity on the court.
Source: Detroit Free Press