It’s the Tigers against the Spartans, and with that comes the coaching battle of LSU’s Tony Benford and Michigan State’s future-hall-of-famer Tom Izzo. History says it’s a mismatch, but the purple and gold say that doesn’t matter.
When you’re breaking down the match-up, you can’t pass up the difference in experience between Michigan State and LSU. The Spartans are NCAA tournament regulars and feature a lineup with several juniors and seniors in the mix. 0
The Tigers are about as weathered and battle-tested as a team so young can be. With obstacles ranging from the death of a teammate to their head coach being suspended, playing their 35th game could start to feel more like work than fun.