Tom Izzo and Michigan State will look to build off last season’s run to the Sweet 16 during the 2023-24 campaign.

Michigan State fell to Kansas State 98-93 in overtime in the Sweet 16. The Spartans spent the offseason tirelessly working. During Big Ten media day, Izzo said he believes his squad has a special bond.

“About 3 weeks ago, a bunch of our pros came back. They said it seemed like (the current Spartans) are a close-knit team,” Izzo said. “The only way you get that is that it’s earned through time.”


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Izzo says that the roster composition is a major factor for the continuity.

“I’ve got some 4th and 5th year guys. I’ve got some guys that have been successful,” Izzo said.
I’ve had some guys that have failed and have had to re-look at things.”

Izzo also expresses that this group cherishes the opportunity to create a lasting legacy.

“Had some tough losses in the NCAA Tournament. Had some big wins in the NCAA Tournament. I think they understand the difference between winning and losing,” Izzo said. “Then last year coming within an overtime win of maybe getting to another Final Four. I think that left some hunger.”

Izzo also discussed the potential of 6-foot-11 freshman forward Xavier Booker. Booker was rated as the No.1 prospect from Indiana and the nation’s No.11 recruit according to 247Sports.

Izzo also was effusive in his praise for the leadership abilities of freshman Jeremy Fears, the No. 1 recruit from Illinois according to 247Sports.

Michigan State begins the season with a home matchup against James Madison on Nov. 6.