Who would win a 4-team tournament between the all-time greats from each of these schools? They are all schools with storied histories, and at least one championship. Villanova has 1, UConn and Michigan State have 2, and UNC has 4. Here are the all-time starting lineups for each of the teams.
G Michael Jordan, G Vince Carter, F James Worthy, F Rasheed Wallace, C Bob McAdoo
G Randy Foye, G Kerry Kittles, F Tim Thomas, F Paul Arizin, C Jim Washington
The first matchup features a stacked UNC team, with NBA Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo, along with Rasheed Wallace, one of the most complete players in the game over the past decade or so, and Vince Carter, an athletic freak. On the other side of the court is the underdog Villanova, who are led by their strong guard play, as well as HOFer Paul Arizin.
The next matchup should be a little tighter, in my humble opinion. Magic Johnson leads a pretty solid team of Michigan State Spartans against UConn, who are also a very complete team, led by Ray Alled, one of the best shooters in the game. I give a slight edge to Michigan State, but only because of Magic.
Michigan State Spartans
G Magic Johnson, G Jason Richardson, F Morris Peterson, F Zach Randolph, C Kevin Willis
G Ray Allen, G Richard Hamilton, F Rudy Gay, F Clifford Robinson, C Emeka Okafor
Vote for the teams that you think would win these Final 4 matchups, and we'll have the finals later this week. Let us know what you think of each team, and of course feel free to let me know who you think should have been on a certain team.