EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tom Izzo is still lamenting an opportunity that slipped away last season.
"Not many times I felt like we had a chance to do something special - last year I did," the Michigan State coach said. "I really believed it was a year to not only get back to a Final Four but I thought a legitimate chance to win a national championship."
After an injury-plagued regular season, the Spartans entered the NCAA tournament as one of the trendy picks to make a deep run, but they were eliminated in the Elite Eight by eventual champion Connecticut. Michigan State must replace Gary Harris, Adreian Payne and Keith Appling from that team. If nothing else, the Spartans don't have to feel burdened by the weight of any outsized expectations right now.