When Tom Izzo looks at this current Michigan State Spartans crew, he sees similarities to the 2007- 2008 Drew Neitzel led squad. The coach referenced this at the school’s media day and said that this year’s team is young, gritty but close-knit.
Neitzel’s team, and it was his team no doubt, is like the mold of this year’s squad.
That final four team had lost its trio of superstars—stellar seniors Maurice Ager and Paul Davis and junior Shannon Brown, who now has a few rings with the L.A. Lakers. This year’s team has lost experienced Final Four veterans, and quite frankly, expectations are barely existent.
Now, Izzo is starting this season with 7 players on the roster who never played a minute for the Spartans and only two players that have played more than twenty minutes a game—senior Draymond Green and sophomore Keith Appling.
And now for the Spartan head coach, it’s all about rebounding, not just in the paint, but also with his game plan.
Izzo lost one of his best defensive player...