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2. Michigan State

The Spartans will start in virtually every top five with good reason: This is a team more than capable of winning the whole thing. Gary Harris and Adreian Payne are the go-to players for Tom Izzo, but the player who really holds the key for Michigan State is Keith Appling. Can the enigmatic point guard finally settle down in his senior season? If Appling can be steady, the Spartans can go far. -- Dana O'Neil