Izzo sees MSU as a possible "tough out"

The Spartans enter the postseason winners of eight of their past 11 and six of their past eight. If they can find some consistency, they could prove to be a difficult foe in coming weeks.

On a game-by-game basis this season, Michigan State has been tough to predict. The Spartans have shown the ability to be dominant, at times, and the tendency to be average at others.

But while the regular season is in the past, there is a wide range of ways the postseason could go for Michigan State in the upcoming Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments.

”I feel pretty good about this team right now,” Izzo said. “I think we’re capable of being a very tough out. Unfortunately, we’re capable of losing our first game in both.

”We’re not head and shoulders above anybody, but we’re not head and shoulders below.”

Michigan State enters its first-round game in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday as winners of eight of 11 and six of its past eight.

”I’m not sure where we are,” Izzo said. “But if you look at the last eight games, I think we’ve played better more often than we’ve played bad. I think we’re going in in a perfect way and a perfect situation.”

Still, with the inconsistency that saw the Spartans drop home games to Illinois and Minnesota and a road game at Nebraska could be an issue. On the other hand, the talent that was shown in a home win against Ohio State, a pair of wins against Michigan and a couple other games, the Spartans could be a formidable foe come the NCAA Tournament.

”We're still knocking on the door,” Izzo said. “I'm not sure anybody’s fearing us, but I'm not sure anybody's waking up in the morning saying 'Oh good, we've got Michigan State.’”

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