Michigan State enters Tuesday's Champions Classic (7 p.m. ET, ESPN and the ESPN App) ranked No. 1 in the preseason for the first time in the Tom Izzo era. The combination of a Hall of Fame coach and a wealth of returning talent makes MSU the early favorite to win what would be the school's first national championship since 2000.
Will we see the Spartans cut down the nets in Atlanta on April 6? If so, they'll have to buck recent history: Every preseason No. 1 since 2010 has failed to go wire to wire to win the national title. Here, we take a look at why this Michigan State team has a chance to end the trend.