Tag:Michigan State
Posted on: April 7, 2009 12:05 am

North Carolina wins national title, 09-10 talk

I actually called this one last April. There was just no denying all season long that from top to bottom North Carolina was the best team in college basketball this season.

The Tar Heels murdered Michigan State tonight in a game that was never close and never competitive. Tyler Hansbrough won his first title and now moves onto the NBA and Ty Lawson is probably going with him. Wayne Ellington was the MOP.

Congratulations to Michigan State on a great season. The Spartans played well and I don't mean to take anything away from them. Conference talk, future NBA talk, and history aside the guys in the baby blue jerseys were just better.

Now it's time to start discussing next year. Earlier last week I threw out a quick top 25. I will update it in a few days when a few more underclassmen make NBA decisions. For now you can check it out here.

Posted on: April 6, 2009 2:52 pm

Dantheman's Title Game PIck: Is it UNC or MSU?

I've had North Carolina since last April and I won't change that tonight. The Tar Heels are just too talented for Michigan State in my opinion. We've already seen this happen once before, back in November at Ford Field. North Carolina murdered the Spartans 98-63. It was MSU's worst loss since 1996.

That won't happen again.

But North Carolina will win. And they will not let there be a whole lot of questioning it. Ty Lawson will have a big game but the MOP will be Tyler Hansbrough.

Why Hansbrough? Because tonight is all about him. If Psycho T doesn't win tonight his legacy will be tarnished forever with an asterisk. The greats usually win national titles, especially the greats we remember.

I wrote an article on this last night.

Prediction: North Carolina 76, Michigan State 65

Michigan State sticks around for a while but UNC makes a run with 10 minutes left to put it away. Congrats to both teams for being here. I look forward to a great game and I will have some sort of analysis afterwards.

Posted on: March 29, 2009 8:44 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2009 8:46 pm

Your FIRST look at the Final Four

What is going to happen at the Final Four? I will give you my best thoughts as the best week progresses, but here's the first few things you may want to know about the four team teams at the Final Four:

Best Player at the Final Four: Ty Lawson
I actually think Lawson is the best player in the country (non Blake Griffin category). He sets up everything in North Carolina's offense and when he is playing well the Tar Heels are almost impossible to beat. Lawson is the key to a UNC championship. Don't be fooled by the hype for Tyler Hansbrough.

Notable Possible Rematch: North Carolina-Michigan State

The last time these two teams played was December 3rd and it was ironically at Ford Field. The Tar Heels won 98-63 behind Tyler Hansbrough's 23 points. After the game someone said "See you in April" to UNC head coach Roy Williams. He replied with "I will be back and I hope my team is with me." Well guess what Roy? They are.

Points Per Game in the Tournament:
North Carolina 88.75
Connecticut 87.25
Villanova 81
Michigan State 70.5

Points Allowed Per Game in the Tournament:
Michigsn State 61.25
Connecticut 62
North Carolina 66.25
Villanova 66.5

Threes Point %:
Michigan State 23-57 (40%)
North Carolina 27-70 (39%)
Connecticut 16-54 (30%)
Villanova 24-81 (30%)

Rebounds Per Game:
Connecticut 47.5
North Carolina 38.25
Villanova 36.5
Michigan State 34.5

Free Throw %:
Michigan State 65-82 (79%)
Villanova 86-112 (77%)
Connecticut 89-129 (69%)
North Carolina 64-95 (67%)

Turnovers Forced:
North Carolina 60
Villanova 54
Michigan State 48
Connecticut 41

North Carolina 43
Connecticut 48
Michigan State 49
Villanova 52

Wins by 5 or Less:
Michigan State 2
Villanova 1
Connecticut 0
North Carolina 0

Closest Winning Margin (in the tourney):
Villanova 2
Michigan State 5 (twice)
Connecticut 7
North Carolina 12

If you give a point for each stat (not counting the wins by five or less or winning margin) in a 4-3-2-1 format you end up with this:

Point System Totals:
North Carolina 21
Connecticut 18
Michigan State 18
Villanova 13

It's really interesting that the team that causes the most turnovers (North Carolina) also turns it over the least. Michigan State is the most efficient team offensively based off leading all four teams in 3PT% and FT% but they also score the least amount of PPG due to their slow it down type tempo. Also UNC hasn't even played a close game yet outside of the LSU game, where they pulled away late. I had the Tar Heels last April winning the national title this year and they are the team to beat this April. I won't reveal my picks just yet though.


Posted on: February 9, 2009 11:26 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 12:12 am

Dantheman's Power 16: Uconn is #1

I've actually held off from posting this lately due to CBS' picture editor being messed up. I'm just tired of waiting so here's the new power 16:

1. Connecticut Huskies (22-1) : The Huskies lone loss was to Georgetown, but I think the Huskies got the upper hand in the loss. How? Since that loss Connecticut is 11-0 with wins over Louisville, Michigan, and West Virginia. Georgetown is 3-8 with losses to Seton Hall, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame.  Thanks Georgetown?

2. North Carolina Tar Heels (21-2): This is ridiculous isn't it? How is a two loss North Carolina ranked above a one loss Oklahoma? The Tar Heels have won seven straight games and has wins at Florida State & Michigan State. OU has not proven to me that they can win on the road just yet.

3. Oklahoma Sooners (23-1): Speaking of the Sooners, does anyone realize they haven't even PLAYED a top 25 team on the road just yet? Outside of Missouri, which may or may not be ranked by March 4th (my birthday) the Sooners don't have a single road game against a ranked team ahead of them either. I'm not taking anything away from OU, but winning on the road is just part of college basketball. In the NCAA Tournament you have to win games outside of the friendly confines of Norman, Oklahoma.

4. Pittsburgh Panthers (22-2): The Panthers just keep winning and honestly they appear to be one of the most well rounded teams in the entire country. Is it possible that a team ranked in the top five isn't getting enough national attention?

5. Duke Blue Devils (20-3): Number five!? How dare he? Why is Duke #5? Mainly because Duke has wins over Purdue, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Miami FL which are all tournament teams in my latest projection. The game against North Carolina will show whether or not Duke is ready for the big stage.

6. Michigan State Spartans (19-4): The Big Ten is loaded with NCAA Tournament teams, but there's only one most agree can actually win the national championship. Michigan State is that team. The Spartans have wins over Minnesota, Ohio State (won twice), Kansas, Penn State, and Illinois since January.

7. Louisville Cardinals (18-4): The Cardinals have rebounded very well since their rocky start. At 9-1 their lone loss in Big East play is to #1 Connecticut, which is pretty impressive. Regardless of seeding (1, 2, 3, or 4) nobody wants to play this team in the NCAA Tournament.

8. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (18-3): The recent losses are discouraging but this stat still holds true. The Demon Deacons have wins over Clemson, Duke, and North Carolina this season, which is a very nice profile.

9. Memphis Tigers (20-3): I was more critical of Memphis than any other team I've seen this season earlier in the year. Now I am slowly coming around on this multi talented team. Still not a believer in Memphis? They have 14 straight wins and 50 straight Conference USA wins in a row.

10. UCLA Bruins (19-4): The Bruins are 8-2 in Pac 10 play, which is good enough for first place.  Since their loss to Washington UCLA has won four straight games including their blowout win over Notre Dame on Saturday.

11. Marquette Golden Eagles (20-3): A lot people think the loss to South Florida showed the true identity of this Marquette team. I disagree. What will show their true identity is how they bounce back. Going to Villanova won't be easy coming off of their first Big East loss.

12. Clemson Tigers (19-3): The Tigers are a team I go back and forth on. How good are they? Well they beat Duke by 27 before allowing Florida State to come back from 19 points down for a win on Saturday.

13. Xavier Musketeers (20-3): Why is everyone so shocked by Xavier's loss to Duquense? The Musketeers make it easy to run through the A-10 like it's easy, but it's a lot harder than people think.

14. Villanova Wildcats (19-4): The Wildcats have won five straight games, a stretch where they have won games over Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Providence. Their NCAA Tournament seed keeps rising higher and higher.

15. Missouri Tigers (21-4): What a comeback for Missouri to knock off Kansas in the Border War. The Tigers are for real and I called it in the preseason. I'm proud of that. Mike Anderson is one of the most under-appreciated coaches in the entire country.

16. Butler Bulldogs (21-2): The Horizon League isn't take it easy on Butler, but the Bulldogs keep taking the poundings and aside from the loss to UW-GB they keep winning. I can't figure out if the selection commitee is going to give a top 20 ranked Butler team a low seed like it did last season, or whether they will get more credit this time around.

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