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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 5, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2009 9:25 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Thx for bringing some sanity back to the discussion!!! 

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2009 8:52 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?


Actually unc played 4 top twenty five teams in this tourniment.  Don't let the facts get in your way.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2009 8:40 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

YOU ARE A FREAKIN' IDIOT!!!   How ignorant can you be???  HAHA...didn't play anybody...what a moron 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 8:34 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

 Good grief while the right wingers whine about the election being close somehow I agree on one thing one player doesn't make up for 35 points and UNC has made all those teams look inferior and definitly didn't need the refs to help them in those games. It may be closer  but UNC will win handily.

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 8:29 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?


 To all talking about ACC/Big 10 challenge.  Let's just remember this year the Big 10 is up 7-6!!!!!  Sure we lost the early season (crappy scheduling...for Wisconsin anyway) challenge, but Big 10 is 2-0 in the NCAA tourney!!!  Michigan over Clemson, UW over FSU!  HAHAHA

If MSU wins, ESPN bettah ReCognize that the BIG 10 WON this year's challenge!  BUT, betting they won't since the bias is there.  As horrible as that challenge has been for the Big 10, this year was anything but dominant as years past.  Several close games.  Unfortunately one that was not close was MSU vs. NC.

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 7:59 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?


Mich. State can beat North Carolina for one reason and one reason only. The homefield. That is a big difference in the college game to a 20 or 21 year old player. If Carolina gets in foul trouble early with their veterans as they did against Villy and have to substitute their 18 and 19 year olds, like Davis, Zweker, etc. against that home crowd, those guys will be pissing in their britches much less making shots.   Davis nor Zweker were extremely impressive against Villanova missing some short range baskets out of not being patient. 

If Mich St. can get Hansbrough, Lawson, Ellington or any of their starters in foul trouble early,  it could make for a very interesting game. 

With 70,000 pulling for the Spartans it will be a test of Carolina's nerves to stay patient and not rush their shots.  It should make for a very interesting championship,  to say the least.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2009 7:02 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?


 I did nit read all of the posts.  But those Sparty's on the Gold Coast in South Florida have scene a team grow.  They will not bend, they will not break, they will not lay down like Nova. Izzo, will win this game with the toughest team in college hoops.  BOTTOM LINE, PERIOD!  

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2009 7:00 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

This site was FULL of people 48 hours ago saying Mich St. Had no chance.

No chance? They have been the best team in the 64 thus far. Beat UConn. Beat Louisville. Beat Kansas.

And UNC beat?....

This is not December. Izzo doesn't play for December, he plays for Final Fours and National Championships... and, hey, here they are again, for the 5th time in 11 years.  My, my..... 

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:56 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Yeah, and Thabeet and Adrien  and Robinson were too much for Michigan St. too. That's what everybody said 48 hours ago.

How about Suton, Lucas (Big 10 Pyer of the Year), Walton (Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year), Morgan (who was possibly prevented from being Player of the Year by pneumonia and mononucleosis -- he's better now, enough to score 18 and grab six boards against UConn)?

And how about the best coach in the country? Especially in the tournament, which is what they aim their entire season toward?

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:55 pm

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Boy, he really joked in 2005 when he beat Illinois for the national title, didn't he. He's only been to SEVEN final fours...his career winning percentage as a coach is .810. Yeah, you're right, he's a choker.

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