For the Michigan State basketball team, the tests that the players take in the classroom are probably a breeze compared to the tests Tom Izzo gives them.
How’s this for a multiple-choice question? To open your season you will:
a) Face a #1 ranked UNC squad
b) Face a top-ten Duke team at Madison Square Garden
c) Face a Gonzaga team in a game that has packed much more meaning in the past few years on the ‘Zags’ home court.
d) Face a Florida State team that did maximum damage in the ACC last season
e) All of the above
If you guessed E, you’re correct and you probably already know that a heavy-hitting schedule for Tom Izzo’s team isn’t even a surprise anymore. It’s expected. The words “cupcake schedule” don’t fly in East Lansing.
But opening on this tough tear may be just the swift kick-start that puts a little hair on the chests of this young remodeled team of Spartans players.
But this year, even Tom Izzo has outdone himself.
When he made his entrance at Midnight Madness l