Michigan State star Denzel Valentine offered a guarantee on Saturday that the Spartans will win the national championship this season, according to the Detroit News.
Valentine made the statement when asked if he would make a guarantee similar to the one Mateen Cleaves made while playing for the Spartans in 2000. That season, Michigan State defeated Florida 89–76 to win its first national championship since 1979.
“Maybe I can say that now,” Valentine said. “National championship guarantee, right now.
“We have the team to do it. The only thing that is gonna stop us is us.”
Valentine’s guarantee came just moments after head coach Tom Izzo said that he believes this team has a legitimate chance of winning the title.
Michigan State (26–5) is currently ranked No. 2 in the country and will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed, behind only Indiana.