Tom Izzo: Michigan State basketball ‘legitimate contenders’ for title

 

Would Miles Bridges come back? It would be answered in April, when Bridges took a stage with Tom Izzo in front of MSU’s iconic Spartan statue.

A few hundred yards away from old Jenison Field House, he made the declaration to follow the path of Magic Johnson. Bridges would return for his sophomore season. Just like Magic. The same NCAA trophy Johnson sought almost 40 years earlier became his sole mission.“I got some unfinished business here,” Bridges said as the crowd of 1,000 erupted into cheers.“I have personal goals here. I want to win a national championship.”

It appears the Spartans have the horsepower to do it. Last year, the Spartans were deficient in terms of size up front, but made the tournament behind the play of Bridges and a cast that included fellow freshmen Nick Ward, Cassius Winston and Josh Langford. In addition, Tum Tum Nairn Eron Harris, Alvin Ellis, Matt McQuaid, Kyle Ahrens and Kenny Goins completed the playing group that had only one player other than Bridges over 6’7″. Big men Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter were both out for the season with knee injuries.

This year the Spartans will have both Carter and Schilling back along with Ward and freshmen 6’11” Jaren Jackson and 6’8″ Xavier Tillman and Bridges to provide an imposing front court.

The backcourt will have Nairn, Langford, Winston and McQuaid who all have played significant minutes to provide Coach Izzo with his most talented team in his twenty-two years in East Lansing. Loyal Spartan fans are excited for the season to begin. Expectations are high!!!

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