Tom Izzo's best offense ever?

Michigan State Spartans are underrated and have the look of a Final Four team

Originally Published: January 27, 2012
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
Tom Izzo Tim Fuller/US PresswireDon't worry, be happy, Tom Izzo. Your Spartans are looking like a legit Final Four contender.

If I were somehow given the ability to create an alternate hoops reality and I wanted to whip up an exceptionally underrated team from scratch, here's how I'd go about it:

I'd have my team enter the season unranked.

Then I'd make sure my team started the season 0-2.

Once my team got to conference play, I'd see to it that we lost a couple of close road games.

And maybe most important of all, I'd make sure my underrated group isn't even the best team in its own conference.

But of course I don't need to do any of the above because there's a real-life team that answers to this description. That team is Michigan State, and, yes, its is indeed exceptionally underrated.

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