Michigan State Basketball was one of, if not the hottest team heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans were looking to not only make it back to the Final Four but to win the National championship.
Michigan State Basketball entered the Big Ten tournament as conference champions, earning the No. 2 seed as they shared the Big Ten regular-season title with Wisconsin and Maryland. On Friday, March 13th their opportunity to win the conference tournament would be denied as the Big Ten followed other conferences lead in canceling the conference tournament. However, more news would be announced in the near future.
Before selection Sunday, the NCAA tournament made a major, historical announcement. The NCAA announced the cancellation of the 2020 tournament.
It was not a shocking decision by the NCAA due to where the country was in terms of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis but it was disappointing to many college basketball fans that there would not be an NCAA tournament in 2020. Many fans including that outside of college basket fans, look forward to the NCAA tournament and what is commonly referred to as March Madness. One team, in particular, was looking to have the opportunity to hoist the national championship trophy.
Michigan State like every other team in America, had their flaws and concerns heading into their quest to win a national championship. Yes, the Spartans didn’t have a plethora of seniors but they arguably had the best senior in America leading their team heading into the heart of March. There are many nitpicking things that you can find about the Michigan State that would have detoured them from winning a national championship but no team in 2020 was near flawless.
There were a lot of trendy picks such as mid-major conference schools like Dayton and Gonzaga as well as predictions of blue blood teams like Kansas to win it all and cut down the nets in April. People filling out their NCAA tournament brackets is somewhat of a national pastime in America. Many publications and simulated predictions were made even with an actual tournament this year as people wished that the tournament somehow could have been played.
Let’s take a look at the various reasons with explanations on my Michigan State would have won the 2020 National Championship.