Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo has had one-and-done talent in the past. He’s also had teams that exclusively featured upperclassmen playing the most important roles.
Ahead of the Final Four, Izzo discussed the balanced needed when constructing a roster.
“It’s funny. Everybody would like to have what Duke and Kentucky have as far as personnel,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “Both of them have had incredible years, but experience does matter too. Somewhere there’s probably a happy medium. If you don’t have the best talent, you’d better be very old and very experienced.”
Obviously, it makes sense. Many mid-major programs rely upon their experience to help them come the NCAA Tournament. It’s not just that, however, as those same teams are hoping those filled with one-and-done players are hurt by the inexperience their rosters have.
The Michigan State Spartans often rest somewhere in the middle of both worlds. Maybe not always having one-and-one level talent, but often underclassmen who are going to end up in the NBA one way or another.
Tom Izzo is only a few hours away from finding out if his team has the right balance to advance to the national title game.
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