April 6, 2009

V-Cast: Can MSU and Motown magic top UNC talent?

DETROIT - Michigan State has upended two No. 1 seeds, ousted defending national champion Kansas, and the Spartans have beaten three head coaches with national championships on their resumes. Now Michigan State embarks on their final challenge, a rematch with No. 1 seed North Carolina with a national championship on the line.

Few have picked Michigan State against the Tar Heels, who probably possess the best group of talent in all of college basketball. Then again, most of the experts have picked Michigan State to fall in each of the games after their opening-round win over Robert Morris.

In SpartanMag.com's pregame V-cast, staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk discuss the talent of UNC and their ability score points in a hurry. Among the tasks Michigan State will have to negotiate is keeping Carolina from blistering the nets from beyond the arc.

Villanova's inability to make perimeter baskets in tandem with Carolina wings Wayne Ellington and Danny Green hitting a high percentage of their 3-point attempts was a recipe for disaster for the last standing Big East team in the NCAA tournament.

For Michigan State to give Carolina fight, the Spartans need to make a high percentage of 3-point shots. That means that both Chris Allen and Durrell Summersare going to have to play well on the same night with Korie Lucious coming off the bench as an additional perimeter scoring threat.

Comparoni and Konyndyk also discuss the notion of Michigan State sending three to the boards instead of their usual four to the boards. Comparoni cracks the history book and explains exactly why Michigan State will not abandon the principles that have gotten them to the title game even though several college basketball analysts are suggesting that Michigan State will fall on their own sword if they do not back off their staple of sending four to the boards.

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