ESPN college basketball analysts love everything about Michigan State entering the 2017-18 season. Its coach, its star player, you name it. The Spartans are a trendy pick for the nation’s biggest accolades.
The folks at ESPN made this known Tuesday morning when they released their preseason predictions. The phrase “Michigan State” is used 54 times in the story in various categories, such as Final Four team, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and national champion. Here’s a more detailed breakdown:
- Of the 26 polled analysts, only Andrea Adelson left Michigan State out of the Final Four. Instead, she chose Duke, Wichita State, USC and Notre Dame.
- More than half of the analysts (14) picked Michigan State to win the national title. Duke and Arizona were the next most popular, receiving 4 votes each.
- Twenty of the 26 voters (about 77 percent) picked Michigan State sophomore Miles Bridges to win Player of the Year. Two people picked Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson and Duke’s Grayson Allen, while Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham received one vote each.
- Michigan State’s Tom Izzo was the most popular pick for Coach of the Year. He received 8 votes, while Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall (6) and Florida’s Mike White (3) were also popular selections.
Michigan State, ranked second in the preseason AP top 25 poll, opens the year against North Florida on Friday.
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