Saturday, March 15, 2014

My thoughts on MSU beating Wisconsin and Spartans vs. Michigan in Big Ten championship game

MSU rolling
We have seen exactly why Michigan State has been so successful down through the years with the way the Spartans have reacted to a so-called new life in the Big Ten Tournament. They are a very tough program mentally. With their full contingent of players back, the Spartans are very difficult to defeat in big games. Questioning Tom Izzo's coaching is idiotic.
It begins with defense. The Spartans did clamp down on Wisconsin, which I'm not sure isn't the best team in the Big Ten. Branden Dawson being healthy has helped the Spartans immensely. Adreian Payne and Keith Appling have been more themselves, too. I agree Michigan's Nik Stauskas deserved the Big Ten Player of the Year Award, but Gary Harris is  actually the better player.
I still believe the Spartans have a better team than Michigan, and will prove it today in the Big Ten Championship Game Snday. That isn't meant as a knock on the Wolverines, who have been amazing this year. But I will say this: If the Wolverines beat the Spartans a third straight time under these circumstances, it'd be an incredible accomplishment.
I'm just so happy the Spartans and Wolverines will be meeting today. It's been long overdue in the Big Ten Tournament. It will be a beyond compelling game and very special for this state.


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