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One Thing Each Final Four Team Has That Butler Doesn’t


Michigan State: Quality secondary scorers

It’s no secret that Michigan State’s run to the Four Four has been fueled by the play of star guard Cassius Winston. The junior has averaged 18.4 PPG and 6.6 APG during the NCAA Tournament, but the Spartans are not led by Winston alone. In fact, Tom Izzo’s team has four other players averaging double figures in scoring this season. In Winston’s two worst games this season (made just six field goals combined), the Spartans won by an average of 18.5 points. Both of those contests featured different players taking the bulk of the scoring burden away from Winston. Far too many times this season, if Kamar Baldwin wasn’t hitting his shots, the Bulldogs weren’t winning. For Butler to hold their own in the Big East next season, the team as a whole will have to do more on the offensive end. The Spartans knew the burden couldn’t always be on Cassius Winston, and that balance got them to the Final Four.

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