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While it's too early to seriously consider tournament matchups, the field itself is becoming more clear. And while we're always hyper sensitive about every flaw MSU has no matter how small, I just don't see teams in this bracket that I feel they would be outmatched against (like a Kentucky, UNC, Memphis, etc. from previous years). In fact, I'm having trouble finding a non-B10 team I'd be concerned about facing.
Give me this guy's bracket right now and I'll book my flight to ATL.
Jerry Palm predicts the teams in the NCAA College Basketball Men's Tournament for CBSSports.com.
Ball handling, beating the press and turnovers have not been a strenght this season.
Izzo has figured it out before, but I wouldnt be happy with that draw
Truthfully, nobody and everybody. This team is capable of beating anyone in the field. They can also lose to just about anybody. Don't believe that they will. I see Elite 8 or better.
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I will say louisville, based on last year's result, and basically the same team back this year.
I'm worried about Kentucky or UNC sliding in. Yes, any team can beat anyone, but if MSU gets a 2 or a 3 seed and UK or UNC are the matchup in the 2nd round its going to be a dog fight. Way too much talent on those teams.
The list of projected high seeds that are frauds IMHO is substantial:
Miami (still not buying it)
Florida, UK if they start to gel, Butler, Creighton.
Good call. And both of those teams will likely be gelling by the time the tournament kicks off. Someone is going to get a raw deal with one of them as a 10/11.
true, but lots of people thought Memphis fit that bill last year as an 8 seed...
In that bracket, Gonzaga would be a very tough match-up in a Sweet 16 game. In reality, I think the size and defensive ability of Michigan State matches up with any team in the country. The teams to fear, in my view, are those mid-majors who enter the tournament playing well and are capable of shooting lights-out on any given night. Gonzaga leads that pack, but seeding is about avoiding those teams early on. Playing a Creighton, VCU, Butler, Akron is best avoided in the first round. You do that with at least a #3 seed. Past that, it's a crapshoot and you should expect to play a quality opponent. I'll say this....nobody will be happy to have Izzo and Michigan State in their bracket. Nobody.....
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
I agree. Everything about Florida screams FF team right now - experience, guard play, ect. Which, knowing Eddie Munster's track record, means they'll crash and burn early. He's ruined so many of my brackets he's earned a coveted spot on my Never Again list, along with Pitt, Notre Dame and Gonzaga.
I agree that no one scares me on that level, like a UNC with 7 first rounders, etc.
I would say Miami and Florida as 2 seeds I would like to avoid, thought I'd like our chances vs Miami given we've already played them. Honestly, Mizzou in the 2nd round would scare me a little, though Tom Izzo >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Frank Haith. Gonaza also very very good this year. Arizona & Syracuse are very talented also. Teams like UCLA, Oregon, Gtown, and ND all have the capability of rising up and beating you, but are inconsistent. Watch out for VCU,Wichita State and Colo State also. Then of course Butler....
Now that I've named damn near everyone....
In order: Louisville, Florida, Butler. Not sure I would care to see UCLA in six weeks, either.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
Florida - Yes, I realize the SEC as a whole is down, but this team is damn good
Louisville - Pitino is too good of a coach not to have his team figured out come March, plus there are a lot of players from last year's team
Syracuse - Our zone-offense isn't that good
Kansas - Tough to beat good teams twice
Butler - When it comes to big games, either they're charmed or the teams they play are cursed
VCU - Great defensive team
teams that can run an effective press defense. It seems to exacerbate our turnover issues.
Your average UofM fan and I have something in common, neither of us went to UofM. Though we do share One major difference, I got Accepted.
While it's far too early to look at actual tourney match ups, this particular bracket, in my opinion, sets up for MSU to have these match ups.
Gonzaga in the sweet sixteen, Kansas in the elite eight, Michigan in the Final Four, and Florida in the Championship. (if they would even get that far)
I think MSU is better than most teams in the tourney, but way too inconsistent to win these four games straight. I have MSU losing in the elite eight.
And this bracket is kind of dumb, and I hate how easy Michigan's region is for them. Things will change before March.
Florida is the team to bet in my opinion. They beat everyone they play by like 20+
We're happy with Bo's record in the tournament.
- Chitown Badger
the only team that scares me is the Spartans...play well & win, play poorly and go home.
No team really "scares" me.
Non B1G teams that would probably concern me the most?
Duke (only if Kelly is fully healthy)
Miami is legit. Duke with Kelly is going to be a tough ask for any defense. MAYBE Louisville, because Siva and Smith are a quality backcourt duo.
Nobody from the garbage pile that is the Pac 12, nobody from the SEC or the Big 12.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
Obviously good teams are good teams. I'd rather MSU not have to play good teams.
Which good teams "scare" me more than other good teams? Probably ones that cause a lot of turnovers with pressure.
Nobody scares me.
This team has come a long way.
They are capable of winning it all but have room for improvement in terms of execution, turnovers, and defensive discipline.
That Indiana game was an excellent display.
Only one person scares me - Kaiser Soze
We can definitely beat anybody but I'd say my top 3 are Florida, Louisville, and Gonzaga
I would hate to see Florida in our bracket. They're playing good basketball. Yes, the SEC is weak, but they're running people out of the gym. Two losses were a one point loss AT Arizona and a 6-point neutral court loss to KState.
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