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So this is the Michigan State team we expected to see all year?  MSU, picked to win the Big 10, lacked physical play much of the season.  This is why the experts picked the Pitt Panthers to advance to the round of sixteen.  Their big men have the ability to dominate in the middle, and for the most part, they played pretty well.  However, Goran Suton matched the Panthers intensity on the low block and was a pleasant surprise.  He kept the Spartans in it early and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

 The player that needed to step up was Drew Neitzel.   The senior PG elevated his play from the previous outing against Temple by finishing with 21 points and dishing out 4 assists.   His backcout mate, Kalin Lucas, wasn’t too shabby either.  Lucas was able to get into the lane at will and finished with 19 points on 8-14 shooting. 

 The only dissapointment was Raymar Morgan, who got into early foul trouble and never had much of an impact on the game.  That could be a good thing though because you’d have to think he’s now due for a big game.  If the guards can play at a high level like they did against Pitt, MSU will have a very good chance of winning versus Memphis. 

 Memphis poses a lot of mismatches, especially at the 4 and 5 spots.  But the advantage MSU has is that they rotate a lot of players in and out.  In turn, Memphis will probably be at the free throw stripe a lot…which is a good thing for State.  Memphis as a team shot 58% from the line during the regular season.  They only shot  at a 47% clip yesterday.  What does this mean?  If the Spartans can get solid games out of Neitzel, Lucas, Suton, and Morgan, they should be able to win this game.

 Prediction:  MSU 76 Memphis 71

What do you guys think?

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17 Comments

    • The Negrinian
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm
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    Alright Chotch’s start commenting so we have something to do on Fridays! MSU 67 Memphis 63

    • Chotch
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm
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    I think for the sake of good luck we have to repeat our routine from Saturday again before the next MSU game.

    • jswol54
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm
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    I concur, it starts at 9:57 on Friday night so we’ll have plenty of time to get er’ done!

    • Billy-Ho
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm
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    I think State can pull it off…Memphis didn’t look that sweet yesterday and the way state is playing I think that they have really good chance of beating Memhis…Even though I didn’t pick the Spartans to advance past Pitt I will defiantly cheer for them since my brackets are so fucked anyways.

    • Billy-Ho
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm
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    I will make it out there this time….maybe I can bring a hackett buddy and we can have the ultimate showdown of hackett..norrix and portage central..

    • Chotch
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm
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    The ultimate showdown does not involve anybody from Hackett, unless your talking about a showdown to see who’s the gayest. Hey Billy I heard you pushed somebody off a 3rd story balcony last weekend.

    • jswol54
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 6:12 pm
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    Well as long as Fisher drinks like an 18 year old on spring break for the first time, I’m not worried about the PC boys. Evans did his best to carry the team, but the drunkeness that Fisher displayed will trump even an A+ effort from his teammate. As for team Hackett, you’d best bring your A++++++++++ game because you’ll need it. That being said, it probably won’t happen this weekend so let’s choose a bar, proceed to get wasted, and watch the Spartans dismantle the little tiggers!

    • Billy-Ho
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 7:34 pm
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    Hackett would dominate in the ultimate showdown…defiantly didn’t push a kid off a balcony either….i am game with the bar thing

    • Nate Dogg
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 7:40 pm
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    Yes u did Willie i saw the whole damn thing! I hope State keeps winning makes it easier to find excuses to get wasted! Also if we have a convention of foot ferries then by all means find a Hackett buddy untill then NO SIR! One of you is enough.

    • jswol54
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm
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    Billy, what ever happened to the kid that fell off the balcony?

    • Billy-Ho
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm
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    Long story…nate was trying to beat cheeks and i had no other choice but to end his life by pushing him off a balcony…

    • Billy-Ho
    • Posted March 24, 2008 at 9:54 pm
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    You guys think you are so damn funny….don’t ya.

    • jswol54
    • Posted March 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm
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    Nate was trying to beat cheeks??? What was his name?

    • Nate Dogg
    • Posted March 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm
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    Nate’s gonna be beatin ass if your chompers keep runnin! Dem Apples?

    • Billy-Ho
    • Posted March 25, 2008 at 6:26 pm
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    I think his name was Terry.

    • jswol54
    • Posted March 25, 2008 at 6:36 pm
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    So that’s the Terry Nate has been ‘GLOWING’ about…possibly Terry “Hulk” Hogan? He is getting a divorce and Nate did have a crush on him back in the day. Hmm, I smell a homo!

    • Nate Dogg
    • Posted March 25, 2008 at 8:27 pm
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    John what did I tell you about smelling yourself?


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