It’s as much a Michigan State basketball tradition as Tom Izzo breaking out his accordion for the holidays and seniors kissing the logo at center court at the end of their final home game.
Every year at the program’s media day, the head coach gives a thorough rundown of each player on his roster before fielding any questions. That day was Tuesday for the 2019-20 Spartans, who are again expected to make a serious run at Izzo’s second national title.
Izzo has already spoken about the expectations surrounding his program multiple times since the preseason formally began weeks ago. MSU is projected by most outlets to begin the year ranked No. 1 in the AP Top-25 poll. The Spartans open the season Nov. 5 against Kentucky in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
MSU finished 32-7 last season after reaching the 10th Final Four in program history. The Spartans were Big Ten regular-season co-champions and won the league tournament, while then-junior point guard Cassius Winston won Big Ten Player of the Year honors. They lost shooting guard Matt McQuaid, power forward Kenny Goins and center Nick Ward from that accomplished team.
Below are Izzo’s comments on each of his guys from Tuesday’s media session: