I had Michigan State out in the second round. I really did not know too much about the Spartans, only that I thought they played in a weak Big Ten Conference. I was wrong. It’s the beauty of sports, you do not ever really know.
I just know a couple of things, first, it was not that long ago that we were saying that Roy Williams could not win the big one, no one says that about Tom Izzo, second, Michigan State in this tournament is not who we thought they were. They are clearly much better. Throw that meeting in December in the garbage. I remember in high school the team I played for, lost by 28 in one of our early conference games. Later that year, we played that team again in the Semifinal of our county tournament, and won by 4. Tournament basketball is a whole new ballgame. You play different as a team when you are on a run in a tournament. If you play like a team, and the Spartans certainly do that, then you can accomplish the near impossible.
UNC is a great team, and they should win on Monday night, but this Michigan State team that some did not even have in the Regional Semifinal, and few had them playing this Monday night can shock the world. The thing is; they wouldn’t shock themselves. Those guys in green probably would not ever want this season to end, they are playing their best and it is something when you are in a tournament you want to bottle up and keep forever.
With all of that being said, it just takes one game, one night, and one team to outplay the other.
My pick: Michigan State 79, North Carolina 75 (In Overtime)