- John Gasaway, ESPN Insider
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.
Tom Izzo tends to worry a lot about his team, but this season's Spartan squad may be the best offensive machine Izzo's ever coached. John Gasaway explains why Michigan State is underrated and shows all the signs of a strong Final Four contender.