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UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Posted on: April 5, 2009 1:20 am
 

DETROIT -- Perhaps a rematch between Barack Obama and John McCain can serve as the undercard.

Or how about Ivan Drago-Apollo Creed II?

Because those are the only things I can think of that were as lopsided as the first game between North Carolina and Michigan State, that 98-63 debacle here at Ford Field that had Tom Izzo wondering whether he was dumb for scheduling the made-for-TV event. When the horn sounded, the Spartans were 4-2 with an 18-point loss to Maryland and 35-point loss to North Carolina, and though many spent that December night suggesting the Tar Heels would return to Ford Field during the first weekend in April, how many of you really thought Michigan State would be the school playing them for the national title?

Rest assured, I didn't.

Hell, as recently as Saturday at noon I didn't think Michigan State would be playing them for the national title. But here I am, late Saturday (early Sunday, technically), writing about Monday's title game between UNC and MSU, and I couldn't be more excited despite that December blowout, because I don't think this game will be anything like that game.

Why?

Because Goran Suton is playing.

(He was hurt last time.)

And because 70,000-plus will be cheering for the Spartans.

(Only 25,267 attended that December game.)

And because this Michigan State team is better than that Michigan State team.

(It just is.)

Similar to Billy Donovan's first national championship team, Izzo has his Spartans playing well at the right time, playing their best down this stretch, and sometimes that's the key to this stuff. Of course, North Carolina is playing well right now, too. Awfully well, in fact. So it's possible Michigan State might just be out-manned Monday night, and Tyler Hansbrough will get the send-off most have long expected.

Or maybe not. Honestly, who knows? But either way, what I do know is that this city will be jumping for the next 48 hours, covered in green from Canada to Greektown, and the build-up to Monday night should be splendid.

With any luck, the actual game will be, too.

With Izzo on one sideline, I'd say it's more likely than not.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2009 9:03 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Every bit of your post was wrong. You don't even know Roy's Name




Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2009 5:09 am
 

Hey CBS. Michigan Citizens Are Not Great People!

 I was watching the game and I heard Jim Nantz of CBS refer to the citizens of Michigan as great people and what a boost to their spirits it's been that Michigan State got to the finals. UGHHHHH! Please!!!  The people of Michigan singled a historically persecuted minority group, in this case gays and lesbians and not only voted to deny them equal marriage rights but also banned them from civil unions. That's not what I'd call great people. I'd call them a bunch of dumb rednecks and I couldn't care less how much they're suffering from the economy as a result.  They're a bunch of pinheads, as Bill O'reilly loves to say. Lastly, my father was born and raised in Detroit and most of my relatives still live in that area. Thankfully, they're well educated and tolerant and would never vote to discriminated against their fellow citizens. Shame on all the bigots from Michigan!




Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2009 11:40 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

I just loved how all the MSU supporters were boostin up MSU and actually thinking they were gonna win. Then talkin about it wasn't gonna be a close game! Because after the results, they may not feel stupid, but they sure do LOOK and SOUND stupid! hahahahahaha

 

 




Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2009 5:16 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

I agree that MSU did earn their chance to play for the title. No one can argue that because they beat every team in their way. Were they the second best team in the tournament?...probably not. But, they had their shot and couldn't pull out a win and UNC showed that they were clearly the better team.

 

 




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2009 2:39 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

COLETI011 :

 

Let's recap your gum-run you made on Sunday:
1. And I quote: "It will be a very close game" - wrong
2. And I quote: "That is the truth. Book this post." - Booked. Still Wrong.
3. And I quote: "UNC will not win by more than 10, and that's IF they win." - VERY WRONG

The fact that MSU beat Louisville and UConn means one thing and one thing only - MSU earned their shot at the title game. The December game meant nothing prior to the finals (unless some of the guys dwelled on it and expected a repeat - either from MSU or from UNC). So, it remains this - an extremely talented UNC team vs a hard working MSU team with incredibly strong defense. Well, as I stated earlier, it's offense vs defense and if MSU doesn't hit on all cylinders and UNC plays even slightly above average, the game will be a blow out.

Let's look back:

21-7 early. Turnover and turnover by MSU - partially because they seemed all out of sorts, but also partially because UNC defense which received no credit all year was smothering them - especially Lawson.
55-32 at half - seriously...is that even fair? No. UNC shot extremely well, MSU had a bucket full of turnovers and they shot extremely poor from behind the arc in an attempt to stay in the game.
89-72...well, I was off slightly (predicted 87-74).

All hail the Champs!
With or without Lawson/Ellington - UNC is in the Elite 8 next year. "BOOK THIS POST!"




Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2009 1:10 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

So much for Lawson ain't going to do squat against Walton.  Walton couldn't stop Lawson and he also couldn't stop Wayne Ellington so after yesterday people still won't know who Walton is except for maybe the guy that couldn't play defense in the biggest game in his college career up to this point.  UNC made MSU look like a high school team they had no clue what was going on and if UNC wanted to they could have put up over a 100 points on them.  They did just enough to keep the lead big enough in the second half.  When MSU got within 13 they showed that it wouldn't take long for them to get the lead back up to 20.  Also so much for Sutton making a big difference in this game.  He did play well but they still lost by 17.  So without him they lose by 35 with him they lose by 17 and how many points did he scored in the championship game 17 there's the gap.  UNC was the best team in the nation this year and they showed it in the tourney.  Congrats to all the guys on UNC for a great year and now they can all go pro happy that they won the title.

 

 




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2009 10:21 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Clark Kellog is annoying. He's a fake Dick Vitale. Sometimes he's funny but most times he's annoying. 




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2009 10:11 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Well the game has started and I'd like to change my prediction from UNC winning by 30+ to UNC winning by 40+. And, if they don't I will pay back my scholarship from the community college I currently attend.

The Big 10 is no match for the ACC

 




Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:54 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

First of all, I am not a Michigan State fan, but I'm about to turn off the sound  and just watch the because the announcers on CBS are so obviously biased in favor of the Tarheels.  Yes, MSU isn't playing well right now, but it was obvious to me from the tip-off that these announcers might as well be wearing blue and white.  Just call the game and quit praising the Tarheels as though they were the greatest team to ever play the game.  Somebody needs to tell announcers to just call the damn game and that's that.




Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:42 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

UNC Practicly already won

 

 



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