If Michigan State makes Final Four, it’ll be Tom Izzo’s best moment

Pull this off, earning a sixth Final Four appearance in 12 years with a cobbled-together rotation including using walk-ons, and it will be bronzed as Izzo’s greatest coaching performance. It would surpass 2005, when he directed another team of questionable mental toughness to the Sweet 16, where it eliminated a top-seeded Duke and second-seeded Kentucky.

“It’s a new chapter, a new page, a new territory,” Izzo said. “We’ve been through a lot of challenges before but nothing like having your quarterback out and the other guys (banged) up a little bit.”