It’s that time of the year again. Time to make big promises that you probably won’t be able to keep. You spent the last few weeks of the holidays murdering mashed potatoes and champagne, and now it’s time to reel it back in by eating a salad and going to the gym for a couple of weeks. Michigan State in 2019 did a lot of great things. Last season, they won the Big Ten, beat Michigan three times, and took down Zion Williamson and Duke to make it to the Final Four. The end of the year was not great. MSU started the 2019-2020 season ranked at #1 for the first time in school history, but they did not make it out of their first game, losing to Kentucky. Then, they lost to Virginia Tech before getting blown out by Duke at home at the start of December. Not the best way to end the year. But New Year’s Resolutions are all about making yourself better by setting goals. Here are Michigan State’s New Year’s Resolutions.
Get Cassius a Chip
Regardless of whether or not Michigan State wins a National Championship or not, one thing will most likely go up in the Breslin Center rafters: Cassius Winston’s jersey. Without a doubt, Cassius is one of the best players to come through the school that produced players like Magic Johnson, Steve Smith, Mateen Cleaves, and Draymond Green. One thing that would solidify his greatness is a Natty.
Final Fours are great. Tom Izzo has a lot of them. MSU made it there last year. This year marks 20 years since the last time they won the whole thing. Why not this year? There is no obvious front runner as there has been in the past. Six different teams have held the mantle of #1 in the country this year, including the Spartans. Izzo and Cassius are both undeniably great. This New Year, Michigan State needs to give their star his one shining moment.
Prepare for the Future
Sadly, Cassius Winston will not be in the green and white for much longer. When he graduates, someone else will need to step up as the leader of the team. Right now, that front runner could be junior Xavier Tillman. The big man has played outstanding recently and definitely could make a leap next year.
Aside from Tillman, the Spartans have a few other guys that could step up. Aaron Henry, Gabe Brown, and Marcus Bingham, all sophomores, have the potential to be great together. They’re all athletic, they space the floor, and they have high energy. Whoever steps up is going to have massive some massive shoes to fill.
Give Steven Izzo a Shot
One of the best things in college basketball is seeing walk-ons get a chance to play. This generally comes at the ends of blowout games, and the players oftentimes don’t get the chance to shoot. Tom Izzo’s son, Steven, is one of these walk-ons.
Seeing the 5’8”, 150-pounder stroke a three would make the Breslin Center erupt. He made a free throw in a preseason game against Albion, but he needs a true basket in a real game. In 2020, Michigan State needs to focus on blowing everybody out to ensure that Steven Izzo gets as many shots as possible
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