October 18, 2011 was the first day the public really got an insider look at the upcoming Spartan men’s basketball team. It was media day for the Spartans and head coach Tom Izzo, entering his 17th season, said he’s as excited as he’s been in a few years about this current team. Izzo is confident even though hype coming into the season is far less than previous years. The Spartans are not even ranked in the Top-25 after earning a No. 2 ranking before last season.