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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: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:52 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

I'm loving these North Carolina has not seen a team like Michigan State comments by Rust Belters. Uh, UNC did see a team like Mich. St.. They were called Mich. St.! And UNC delivered a 35-point-you-look-more-like-EAST-Mi

chigan beat down. 

Can Michigan State win on monday? Absolutely. Will they? I don't think so.




Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:47 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Yeah, because MSU has to worry about the refs...

Please.  UNC is the team that needs to worry.  Will the refs have the onions to go against the "feel good" Spartans and their 70,000 fans in order to get a call right?  We'll see, but I'm not counting on it.




Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:41 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, the ACC is 2-0 against Michigan State. So who's losing to whom? The Big Least is no ACC, and neither is the Small 10. 




Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:38 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Oh, they do deserve to be be in the champ game AND also a #2 seed. N.C. has not seen the likes of MSU. It will be a good, if not great game.

 

 




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:28 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

 NC did not play a top 25 team....on the way in

 

How much basketball did you watch this year?

LSU was in the top 25 for the entire 2nd half of the season, even making it to #11

Gonzaga was in and out of the top 25 all season, making it to #4 early in the season

Oklahoma was in the top 5 all season

Villanova was in the top 25 all season and under #15 for the 2nd half




Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:19 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

53% was the highest percentage since 1976. McCain got stomped! What are you talking about?




Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:16 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

The ACC is 2-0 against Michigan State. The Big Least is no ACC, and neither is the Small 10. 




Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2009 5:42 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Lawson and Lucas I think are just about even overall from my perspective. Wayne Ellington and Danny Green are better than whoever States other point guard and Foward is. Hansbrough, I think is probably better than Suton who has been amazing throughout this tourney, dont get me wrong. But, Hansbrough is just too good with his magic shots that he throws up and over half of them go in. Green and Hansbrough would also LOVE to leave school with a championship in their hands as they move to the draft. It will be very emotional for both of them after the game. Both of them have been unbelievable for the Heels in their careers! I wish both of them luck in the NBA!  im going to say the Tar Heels win the game 87-79!




Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2009 5:34 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

obviously, you haven't watched Ty Lawson play in the NCAA tournament, half of it WITH A HURT TOE! look at him. are you serious? lawson is the best point guard in the game! 




Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2009 4:37 pm
 

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

Wow, no wonder Vegas is smiling today! I bet most of you would have taken Uconn and given the 4 pts! Vegas loves thinkers like this!

 

 



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