Tom Izzo Loves March So Much, He Won’t Even Touch April

Tom Izzo has done it again. While bringing at least a smirk back to every Kentucky fan’s face, he has brought another Final Four appearance back to East Lansing.

Izzo did the unthinkable. He slayed the mighty beast that was Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. Most importantly, his win over Duke is finally calling into question Coach K’s coaching ability and how it was possible that he did not win the title with his “best team ever”. April fools, K’s job is just as safe as when he won the championship in 2015.

When you think of what coach deserves the title “Mr. March”, you have to have Tom Izzo in the discussion. In his 20 year tenure at Michigan State, he has now punched a ticket to 8 Final Fours. Izzo owns March. He loves it, he is committed to it, he is MARRIED to it. So much so, that he would never dare do anything that even resembled cheating on it with April. Tom Izzo simply can’t close.

Keep in mind that Izzo has only won 1 NCAA Title. That was 19 years ago. Imagine if certain other coaches of blue blood schools had that kind of record. Gotta hand it to him thought. That shows some real dedication to have a good enough team to make it that far, just to choke away all of your hopes and dreams.

Can’t help but assume Izzo will remain faithful once again this year.

Soft 16: Michigan State Spartans

Last season, the Spartans were bounced early for the third straight year from the NCAA tournament. Syracuse broke the hearts of millions with a soul crushing 55-53 win. This was a 3-11 matchup that busted a lot of brackets. Everyone just expects more from the guys up in East Lansing. So, let’s break down the 2018-2019 Michigan State Spartans.

Head Coach: Tom Izzo

Key Returners: Cassius Winston, Matt McQuaid, Josh Langford, Nick Ward

Key Additions: Marcus Bingham Jr., Foster Loyer, Gabe Brown, Thomas Kithier, Aaron Henry

Key Losses: Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr.

Key Games: Kansas (Indianapolis), UCLA, @Louisville, Purdue, @Purdue, @Michigan, Michigan

Tom Izzo has been the coach of Michigan State for actually my entire life. He took the reigns in 1995 and only has one national championship from 2000 to show for it. And I thought Bill Self should be on the hot seat. Seriously, what is this guy doing up there that would keep them in an 18 year rut? While he may not win championships, his team is always ready to make some noise in March. Well, except for the last three years. Has Izzo lost his touch? Maybe, maybe not, all I know is that this dude is not going anywhere. He is Michigan State Basketball. The only other person that is associated more with MSU is Magic Johnson. Enough about the coach, how about this team. They are returning some serious talent. They lost arguably their best two players in Bridges and Jackson, but they have reloaded with some all-star freshman. Junior Guard Cassius Winston is my preseason favorite to win player of the year in the Big 10.

Prediction: Sparty will go 25-5 in the regular season. The Big 10 is going to be a cake walk for them. They will win the regular season title then cruise though the Big 10 Tournament until they meet Michigan in the finals. They will win that battle, but just barely. As for the NCAA Tournament, I think they take a 2 seed and finally get over their slump. I can see Izzo taking his guys to the Elite 8.