Im not underplaying the impact of Allen leaving but never, never,never judge a Tom Izzo coached team until late March. As good a program as MSU is, its not unusual for them to not hit their stride til later in the season. I think if MSU were undefeated no one would be talking about Chris Allen. And like others have mentioned, the big 10 is showing its true colors as a paper tiger. It's a 2 horse race between MSU/OSU, with a few more "pretty good" teams, its nowhere near the juggernaut its own network(and then the rest of the media) thought it was 2 weeks ago.
A lot has been made of Allen being the only player that Izzo has "booted" from the team as an indication of the severity of Allen's issue with MSU (and vis versa). In reality, not much can be drawn from it. Players have "left" MSU in the same way DMac "resigned" from ISU.
Izzo apparently needed things to change on his team or someone would need to leave.
It is not that Allen committed the worst off-court (or on court) difficulties that Izzo has had.
I don't know, I always view the Big Ten to be overrated in any sport because of the inordinate amount of media coverage they get, and MSU is no different. Maybe Allen was the glue that kept them together in tough moments last year, but with Draymond Green and Kalin Lucas back, I wouldn't expect that to be the case.
All in all, the Big Ten is just not as good as everyone thinks.
Wait until Nebraska joins next year, things will change. The Big 10 just got tougher.
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