In winning their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2000, the Michigan State Spartans did it with depth and role players, kind of like the 2000 National Championship team. Granted this team today doesn’t have four future NBA players (the ’00 team had Jason Richardson, Mateen Cleaves, Andre Hutson and Morris Peterson) so you can only go so far with this analogy…of course Draymond Green looks like a late first rounder, Branden Dawson looked like a 2014 prospect before the ACL injury, and Keith Appling could develop into a pro guy be his senior year.
But the 2000 and 2012 Spartans share both a BTT title and similarly good “glue guys” and role players.
Here’s my nerdy and somewhat softball question to Izzo about the two teams.
Q. Coach, you’ve had some role players step up and play some key roles during this tournament. Does that kind of remind you of the 2000 team when your guys like (Mike) Chappell and (A.J.) Granger had big times at key moments?
I should have thrown in Richardson...