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It will be an expanded version of the Big Ten in 2011 with the addition of Nebraska to the ranks. The Cornhuskers defection from the Big 12 not only raises the total number of teams in this conference to 12, …
The recent realignment of a few teams in college football has set up divisions in two major conferences for the first time in their history. The addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten gives the conference 12 teams, which have …
The National Championship game is set for Monday night after an intense round of Final Four action on Saturday. The Michigan State Spartans pulled away from the Connecticut Huskies 82-73 pulling off their second straight underdog type victory in front of what you can call a home crowd in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday. The Spartans have absolutely been superb on the glass and with some big help from Kalin Lucas and Raymar Morgan they were able to handle the Huskies convincingly. The Spartans will meet up with the nation’s most popular pick the North Carolina Tarheels. The Tarheels sport the best offense in America that really shined through in their runaway win over Villanova 83-69. North Carolina had control of the game from start to finish and their ability to score points quickly has been unchallenged so far in the Tournament. However, the Michigan State Spartans will use what is likely to be the biggest crowd in National Championship history to their advantage since most in attendance will be wearing green. Hopefully that will be the difference in helping the Spartans slow down the Tarheels offense and provide an exciting Championship game.
The first game of the Final Four will host two familiar faces in the Michigan State Spartans and the Connecticut Huskies. The Spartans are making their 5th Final Four visit in the last 11 years which is simply remarkable. Connecticut was a big favorite out of the West bracket and they backed up the hype well playing solid basketball throughout the tournament. Michigan State appears to be playing their best basketball of the season and that should make for a great game. The grudge match will be a classic battle especially on the inside in the paint. The Huskies and the Spartans both are tremendous teams in terms of rebounding and scoring down low. Centers Goran Suton of Michigan State and Hasheem Thabeet for Connecticut should be in for an intense match-up. The team that can really execute drives to the basket and establish presence on the boards will hold a huge advantage considering the most of these two teams production this season has come from the paint.
The USC Trojans continued to stay hot in their opening round convincing victory over Boston College. USC won the last 5 games of the season wrapping it up with their first ever Pac-10 Tournament Title and that momentum has apparently carried over into the NCAA Tournament. USC completely dominated Boston College beating the Eagles 72-55. They will now take on the number 2 seeded Michigan State Spartans in a battle to go to the sweet sixteen. Michigan State came away with a solid victory over Robert Morris in the opening round 77-62. The Spartans are one of the favorites to have a chance to win the Midwest bracket, but USC will have the chance to bust everyone’s brackets if somehow they have not been already.
The battle in the Big Ten will rage on this Tuesday night when the No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers host the No. 6 ranked Michigan State Spartans in a big match-up of top 25 teams. This match-up will play huge importance for each team’s chances at winning the Big Ten outright for the regular season. As the standings sit now, the Spartans hold a two game advantage over Illinois and Purdue. However, a win by Purdue on Tuesday night would put everyone right back together again not to mention these two teams will tangle again in the season finale. Michigan State climbed in the polls this week after much of the top 10 fell and they still have a chance at earning a number 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament if they could close out the year strong.
Penn State hosts Michigan State on Saturday with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line. The Nittany Lions are 6-1 in the Big 10 and with a win will clinch the Big 10 title and a trip to Pasadena. Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State all have 6-1 records in the conference but the Nittany Lions have already beaten the Buckeyes so a win against the Spartans would put them in the Rose Bowl. For Michigan State to win the title they would have to upset Penn State and then have Michigan upset Ohio State. Their chances of upsetting the Nittany Lions are probably better than having a terrible Michigan team upset the Buckeyes.