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Old 03-28-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default NCAA Elite 8: (5) Michigan State vs (6) Tennessee

Sunday, March 28, 2010

2:20pm ET: (5) Michigan State vs (6) Tennessee

Discuss the game!

The AP reports: Yes, the Volunteers are well aware fifth-seeded Michigan State is college basketball royalty, such a regular at the regional finals in recent years the Spartans may as well include it in their preseason itinerary. And that sixth-seeded Tennessee is a rookie, making its very first appearance in the round of eight Sunday... But if anyone expects Tennessee (28-8) to be intimidated or feel even the tiniest bit overwhelmed, well, they don’t know the Vols.

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Wayne Chism - Tenn 12.6 ppg
Kalin Lucas - Mich State 14.8 ppg

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Wayne Chism - Tenn 7.3 rpg
Draymond Green - Mich State 8.0 rpg

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Tyler Smith - Tenn 3.7 apg
Kalin Lucas - Mich State 4.0 apg
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: NCAA Elite 8: (5) Michigan State vs (6) Tennessee

Ah, the much anticipated battle of "Really? One of these teams is going to the final four?".

Neither can be Cinderella's, 4 vs 6 seed from major conferences. And both suck. Mich St can have the easiest draw to the final four ever. They eeked out a win vs a 1 trick Maryland team and that's it. Tenn had to play one legit team, and even then I think OSU was pretty overrated and while earned a 2 seed, they weren't really a 2 seed in quality.

If Michigan St wins, they'll have beaten a 12, 4, 9 and a 6 to reach the final four.

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Old 03-28-2010, 10:38 AM   #3
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Ah, the much anticipated battle of "Really? One of these teams is going to the final four?".

Neither can be Cinderella's, 4 vs 6 seed from major conferences. And both suck. Mich St can have the easiest draw to the final four ever. They eeked out a win vs a 1 trick Maryland team and that's it. Tenn had to play one legit team, and even then I think OSU was pretty overrated and while earned a 2 seed, they weren't really a 2 seed in quality.

If Michigan St wins, they'll have beaten a 12, 4, 9 and a 6 to reach the final four.

While I don't quite share the extreme of your assessment...let's be honest, it's foolish to say any team that has advanced through the tournament to this point "sucks"...but I've given up trying to predict either of these teams. Had each winning a couple games, then falling prey to the shortcomings they've shown consistently throughout the season, but which seemingly disappeared in critical stretches of the post-season.

My hope is that Izzo's coaching can offset Tennessee's edge in overall athleticism, and once again send the vile Bruce Pearl home.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:53 AM   #4
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Default Re: NCAA Elite 8: (5) Michigan State vs (6) Tennessee

No one felt sorry when MSU had to play USC, Kansas, Louisville, UConn and UNC consecutively so no one should get all poopy about them having an easy road this year. Shit happens.

Just sucks I'll prob miss the game (don't go to WMC to watch bball in a hotel room lol).
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:55 AM   #5
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Suck is relevant. I just don't see either as a legit Final Four teams. But one's gonna make it. Michigan St really lucked into a all-time easy draw. 4,6,9,12 is pretty fantastic for a trip to Indy.

It's not like Butler that beat a 1 and a 2 on route.

I've very impressed with Tenn though. I think what Bruce has done there this year is amazing. Now he just needs to start running background checks before he recruits or it doesn't matter how many wins he's getting he might not be around long.
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Cmon M-state!
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I love Tennesee energy, hustle. Tyler Smith has to kicking himself.
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I love Tennesee energy, hustle. Tyler Smith has to kicking himself.

I know, it's just hard for me to see it through that god-awful orange and my blinding hate for their coach, the anti-christ.
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Tyler Smith - Tenn 3.7 apg
Kalin Lucas - Mich State 4.0 apg

lol Tyler Smith is still leading us in APG, of course he only played 14 or 15 games.
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I know, it's just hard for me to see it through that god-awful orange and my blinding hate for their coach, the anti-christ.
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I know, it's just hard for me to see it through that god-awful orange and my blinding hate for their coach, the anti-christ.

Well, Bruce Pearl is Jewish
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I got my Vols winning 87-80
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**** michigan state, go Tennessee i guess
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I love Tennesee energy, hustle. Tyler Smith has to kicking himself.

He had 21/19/14 in Turkey the other day.
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He had 21/19/14 in Turkey the other day.

Be a nice 2nd round pickup.

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I know, it's just hard for me to see it through that god-awful orange and my blinding hate for their coach, the anti-christ.

For some reason the orange makes me want sherbet

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My hope is that Izzo's coaching can offset Tennessee's edge in overall athleticism, and once again send the vile Bruce Pearl home.

I dont think Izzo gets enough credit. He's a heck of a coach.

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