Sunday, February 26, 2012

Can't believe I'm saying this, "Thank you, Badgers!"...

...though it's not as if the Spartans needed their help that much, because I believe they should win at least one of their remaining two games, and with Ohio State free falling the way they are, it's hard to imagine the Spartans losing on senior day at Breslin Center.

Tom Izzo has his seventh Big Ten title in 17 seasons as MSU's head coach.  Quite an amazing feat. As I wrote to a friend on Facebook, we have gone from the most underachieving, frustrating team of the Izzo era last year to the most overachieving, hardworking team of the Izzo era this season.  It's been an incredible turnaround and has to rank as one of Izzo's best coaching jobs.  However, Tom Izzo would probably agree that a coach's job is much easier when he has players who work well together and want to work hard, and when said coach also has a senior leader like Draymond Green.

Speaking of Day-Day, he has now officially joined the pantheon of great Spartan basketball players.  That Mt. Rushmore of the MSU hardwood includes such luminaries as Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Gregory Kelser, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith, and Mateen Cleaves.  It will only be a matter of time (three years maximum?) before Draymond Green has his number hanging in the rafters of the Breslin Center.

While I'm on the subject of the pantheon of Spartan hardwood greats, what more does Tom Izzo need to do to further cement himself as the greatest coach in Michigan State athletics history?  Is there even a debate that he's the greatest we have ever seen in East Lansing, regardless of sport?  I suppose an argument could be made that Biggie Munn is the best, but Biggie was only football coach for seven seasons.  And as good as Duffy Daugherty was as football coach, he doesn't have the hardware that Izzo has, and his career took a precipitous slide after high water mark of 1966.  As I see it, Izzo is the best coach in MSU history.

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