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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.


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

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:41 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

I agree, that unless Carolina chokes, they will win.. But What really gets me is Greg Anthony and his partner has picked NC since they won the semi-final game and tonight they change there mind!..   I wish everyone would get of the "do it for Detroit" bandwagon!..   All they want to do is go with the Cinderella, so they can say "I knew it"...

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:38 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

The only team that may have been able to stay with UNC was UCONN and they could only do it if they had Jerome Dyson. No other team in the NCAA has a chance and certainly not MSU. UNC wins by 30+ 

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:34 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

UNC by 30+ 

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2009 9:33 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

UNC by 30+ 

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 7:56 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

This is going to be a very tough game for the Spartans... but then again I said that before the Kansas game, Louisville game and UConn game. &nbs
p;Izzo surely is a great coach, and you should not under estimate is ability to ready his players for a key game.  North Carolina is really, REALLY good though... even on off nights, they destroy teams.  Michigan State can do it though.... they can pull the upset... We will just have to wait and see!


Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 7:55 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Lots of revisionist history on this board.  Carolina didn't play anybody to get here, huh?  Sure they made all those teams look like 'nobodys' by winning by at least 12 points, but those teams were certainly not 'nobodys'.  Its really very simple.  Open another browser tab, open up the end of the season polls, then read and weep. LSU-#20, Gonzaga-#10, Oklahoma-#7, Villanova-#11.   If its the case that all these teams were 'nobodys,' then MSU was a 'nobody' in Dec when they were ranked 13th and lost to the Heels by THIRTY-FIVE!  Then its also the case that MSU is a 'nobody' now.  Your words not mine.  I like MSU, but I don't make asinine illogical comments in support the Heels, so I can certainly call you out for making similar arguments for MSU.

Popular vote totals don't matter people.  If they did, Al Gore would have been our president 2001-2009.  The name of the game is the Electoral College, and that is the game by which McCain was blown out by Obama.  How old are you guys, 11?  You are certainly nitpicking the author like little girls might nitpick Miley Cyrus's hair extensions!


My beloved Heels by 14 points.


Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 6:33 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

One word....... R E S P E C T.

If you're boys have the same cocky attitude you do, they will have a disappointing end to their season.

No doubt, UNC has more talent on paper and did have a convincing win over Sparty in December. I watched it.

You obviously did not watch MSU beat USC, Kansas, Louisville and U Conn.  They are peaking and this will be a good game.

"Spanking".... probably not.


Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 4:53 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

   Get real dirtybird and quit shittin in the nest. your team is no M State, and from the sea of red in the stands, we beat you quite easily in your own backyard,  We are the junkyard dogs. We slowed you down and just like always, including monday night, the other team is going to get flustered and confused, same old story, too bad the press and fans like you cant except the reality of the down and dirty M State Spartans being the next nat. champ.  First question to Mr. President when we visit the white house....."What were you thinking, you look smarter than that?" 

    Secondly and furthermore, what an absolute job of mastery in the coaching department by the most beloved coach in the State of Michigan history...Tom Izzo, he proves with the effortless revolutionary stroke of a Swiss watch, what precision and absolute attention to detail can do on a basketball court, Please write a book Tom, I wanna know more. 

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2009 4:28 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Well, technically if you grabbed 40 random people (of voting age) it would be more like 11 for McCain, 13 for Obama, and 16 who did not participate in the sham that elections in this country are.  But I agree with your main point.

Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2009 3:57 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

UNC will win by 5. It will e a close one but UNC will win.



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