Final Four: Michigan State Versus Connecticut Live Thread

The Spartans Essentially Host The Huskies At Ford Field [Michigan State Vs UConn Live Thread]

4/4/09 in NCAABB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

The Michigan State Spartans and the Connecticut Huskies meet this evening in the first Final Four battle of 2009.

The Spartans came into the tournament as the #2 seed in the Midwese region, and they have certainly earned their way to Detroit by beating some of the best teams in the country. Robert Morris, USC, Kansas and #1 overall seed Louisville were their victims on the way here, and Tom Izzo has once again prepared his team to be at their best when it counts the most.

Connecticut was the #1 seed in the West, and they beat Chattanooga, Texas A&M, Purdue and Missouri. In the middle of the tournament, Yahoo! broke news of possible violations involving the team. They haven't let that distract them so far, and have looked very strong in their journey to the Final Four.

If you're watching the game, this is the place to talk about it. Let us know who you think will win, who you want to win, and what you think of every play.

As always, enjoy the game!
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4/6/09   |   RMW24

kantwistaye wrote:
I should've known not to drink the Pitt kool-aid, but they seemed like such a complete team this year.  As for picking Gonzaga... I didn't buy into them all year but somehow liked them in their region.  Eff me.

Omg i had Louisville winning, crap

4/4/09   |   Raven73   |   103 respect

Read most of the comments here. It was VERY loud and emotional inside Ford Field. Outside was the most awesome sights. The people of Detroit and the entire state of Michigan are going over and beyond to make this a once in a lifetime experience. I don't think I've ever seen this kind of unity here. It's truly quite unique. I've attended a few Final Fours in my life but this is something I'll never forget.
The one thing that still resounds with me personally is when the UConn team came back in to the arena. I'm still touched by how classy a group of young men they are.
If you didn't see me...I was the one screaming and crying 6 rows up from where Magic and Cookie (his wife) were sitting. Honestly, think of how you all feel about "YOUR" team...it's very emotional for me.
GO STATE!!!

4/4/09   |   UgodawgsW

MSU 78 UNC 73

4/4/09   |   rjoelmc

WAT TO GO SPARTANS! 1 game down, 1 in progress, and 1 more to go. Thank you JEEBUS!

4/4/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Wow...basketball? I know it's been the same amount of layoff between the Elite 8 and Final 4, but am I the only one that thought this week just dragged out FOR-EV-ER!

http://www.bulletsforever.com/images/admin/sandlot.jpg

Ya same here

4/4/09   |   gruenblood   |   4 respect

Way to go State!!!  Izzo out-coached Calhoun today.

4/4/09   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

MrNFL wrote:
Wait....how was that commercial for prostate health???

Because those guys are all 50 years old.

Or something.

Yeah, it was retarded.

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Lol...Louisville, Pitt, Oklahoma, and Mizzou looked awfully good when I was filling mine out..

I should've known not to drink the Pitt kool-aid, but they seemed like such a complete team this year.  As for picking Gonzaga... I didn't buy into them all year but somehow liked them in their region.  Eff me.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Wait....how was that commercial for prostate health???

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
I had MSU over UCONN in my Q bracket.  Unfortunately I have Pitt over Gonzaga in the 2nd game.

Lol...Louisville, Pitt, Oklahoma, and Mizzou looked awfully good when I was filling mine out..

4/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Damn is Clark Kellogg on stilts? He's huge!

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Except for most, if not all, of our brackets..

I had MSU over UCONN in my Q bracket.  Unfortunately I have Pitt over Gonzaga in the 2nd game.

4/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Just glad UConn is out now, didn't want Calhoun getting basketball sainthood by winning a 3rd title and remaining undefeated in the Final Four. But I'm glad MSU won, I dig Izzo.

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Michigan State and Villanova would be an incredibly exciting game and MSU and UNC has an excellent story line.  We, the fans, win either way.

Except for most, if not all, of our brackets..

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Michigan State and Villanova would be an incredibly exciting game and MSU and UNC has an excellent story line.  We, the fans, win either way.

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

wrote:
at least the team should have to replace position for position

The only problem that could arise with that is that UCONN could say that they have no other center, but it'd be a decent compromise.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Wasted possession there by UConn.  That's it.  Walker, you have teammates, use them.

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Lol, I love the huge shove right on Lucas' back, and then the long delayed whistle..

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Game.  This time its for real.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

AND IT COUNTS!!!!

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Wowowowow. on the dunk, but the layup and1 is even better.

4/4/09   |   Michael_G   |   38416 respect

 wooo hoooo!!!!!!!!

4/4/09   |   Michael_G   |   38416 respect

 Nice flop Thabeet

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Hearing the "Go Green/Go White" reminds me of the Ferris State hockey games (MSU is in the same conference) where we used "Can't Read, Or Write"

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Thats a timely injury.  The NCAA needs to fix this rule.  If Thabeet goes out, Michigan State should get to pick who goes in, not UCONN.

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Game.

I really should stop doing this, I said the same thing right before Oklahoma had their run on UNC to scare me..

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

(Edited by kantwistaye)

What the heck.  Call the foul.

Edit: These refs are nothing short of atrocious.

4/4/09   |   tw5960

how the heck did michigan state get in the final 4 that is kinda amazing, i hope uconn and unc go to the final and that uconn wins it all

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Dairy Queen would like to thank Clark Kellogg for the free advertisement. Mmm... Dairy Queen.

4/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Raftery and Bilas aren't CBS talent so I don't think they would ever be bumped up like that. Raftery might be the best color guy in the nation right now though.

Send it in Jerome! Best. Call. Ever.

4/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Clark Kellogg was much better in the studio.  I like him and he's a massive improvement over Billy Packer, but he's better suited to the studio.

Agreed, I think he's better as an analyst than a commentator. But I didn't think Billy Packer was as horrible as most other people. Yeah, he wasn't great but its not like he was John Madden or anything.

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Game.

Big Ten still sucks though.

/national media'd

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Raftery and Bilas aren't CBS talent so I don't think they would ever be bumped up like that. Raftery might be the best color guy in the nation right now though.

ONIONS!!!!!!!!!!

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Game.

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

MrNFL wrote:
I was surprised he was moved straight to the A-Crew. I figured someone like Raftery or Bilas would've been bumped up.
(Edited by kantwistaye)

Raftery and Bilas aren't CBS talent so I don't think they would ever be bumped up like that. Raftery might be the best color guy in the nation right now though.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Um, CBS?  No more "Eye Vision" plz thx.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Clark Kellogg was much better in the studio.  I like him and he's a massive improvement over Billy Packer, but he's better suited to the studio.

I was surprised he was moved straight to the A-Crew. I figured someone like Raftery or Bilas would've been bumped up.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Stick a fork in 'em.  State's got this.

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Dude got pogo'd? I don't know about that one..sounds dirty.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Don't get the mans' way when he wants to dunk it, wowza

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I'm so glad to see Stanley Robinson get posterized.

4/4/09   |   Michael_G   |   38416 respect

 IN YO FACE!!!!!

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Clark Kellogg was much better in the studio.  I like him and he's a massive improvement over Billy Packer, but he's better suited to the studio.

4/4/09   |   RMW24

Biggest Lead of the game! M STATE

4/4/09   |   RMW24

I am really in to this game it will be one to remember! GO STATE!

4/4/09   |   RMW24

rjoelmc wrote:
They are playing a good game so far, up by a point at the moment. I think they will do it!!

I really don't like UCONN they flop like crazy

4/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

rjoelmc wrote:
on WHAT?? Life support, a roll, easy street. I was thinking of firing up a big fat one but maybe I'll just have another cold beer and a shot. GO SPARTANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All of that sounds pretty good to me. I'd like to see MSU pull this off for Detroit and their fans, give them all something to be happy about.

4/4/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

wrote:
I would be with you on that, but I can't get the baseball package this year. I am not looking forward to seeing the same 4 teams play on ESPN all year.

Yeah, you'd think DirecTV would throw all of us loyal subscribers a bailout type bone and discount the packages some this year. I'm saving up my $$$ now to afford the NFL package this year.

4/4/09   |   rjoelmc

RMW24 wrote:
ANYONE ON?

on WHAT?? Life support, a roll, easy street. I was thinking of firing up a big fat one but maybe I'll just have another cold beer and a shot. GO SPARTANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4/4/09   |   rjoelmc

RMW24 wrote:
Lets GO M STATE

They are playing a good game so far, up by a point at the moment. I think they will do it!!

4/4/09   |   Michael_G   |   38416 respect

 Let's go Michigan State!

4/4/09   |   rjoelmc

wrote:
wait till the NBA playoffs start at the end of this month and don't finish till late June, early July

Oh hell, did you have to mention THAT!! Just shoot me now.......

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

wrote:
wait till the NBA playoffs start at the end of this month and don't finish till late June, early July

I'll have baseball to enjoy on every off-day as well as the same days then though.

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

I'm getting tired just watching this..

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I never realized how much UCONN flopped until today.

4/4/09   |   RMW24

Lets GO M STATE

4/4/09   |   RMW24

ANYONE ON?

4/4/09   |   RMW24

me 2

4/4/09   |   RMW24

kantwistaye wrote:
I think this will be a good one.  Izzo is on top of his game right now and had a week to draw up a gameplan.  If UCONN allows Suton to drag Thabeet away from the hoop, the Spartans will take this.

I am rooting for the spartans because I don't want the men and women to both win for UCONN

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Harper's Island = sh**ty looking show..

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

MrNFL wrote:
Wait, THAT was a foul?

This officiating has been crap.  UCONN should be winning by 5-8 with the way the refs have been calling this.

4/4/09   |   Michael_G   |   38416 respect

 Let's go M STATE!!!!

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Wait, THAT was a foul?

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

I'm going to take a wild guess and say it's going to be a little chippy for the rest of the game..

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Jeff Adrien is a b#%ch.

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

(Edited by kantwistaye)

Jeff Adrien = Tyler Hansbrough?  He takes the ball, misses a shot, and goes to the free throw line everytime it seems like.

4/4/09   |   rjoelmc

It's going to be a good game! I think Michigan can pull it off, but need to play some very smart defense and keep the fouls to a bare minimum. WOOHOO! I'm glad this is almost over, I'm having a hard time getting mentally focused on baseball. Great game SOX!!!!

4/4/09   |   donm454   |   20 respect

Go 'Nova and UConn!!!

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Michigan State need to go right at Thabeet.  Force the refs to make these calls.

4/4/09   |   Michael_G   |   38416 respect

 My worst NCAA nightmare coming into the tourney was a UCONN/NC final, go STATE and NOVA!!!

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Some great shooting on the outside and midrange for MSU. UConn looks too good on the inside on both sides of the court right now though.

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I'm not surprised that MSU has more fouls called on them because UCONN has one of the best foul and free throw differentials in the nation.  However, it shouldn't be 6:1 right now.  UCONN has been allowed to leave their feet without punishment, yet MSU is getting some tightly called fouls against them.

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I'm a little disappointed in the refs for not punishing UCONN for leaving their feet.  A couple of missed fouls early.

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
I can't be the only who can't stand Stanley Robinson, right?

Not really.

Super blown call #1.

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I can't be the only who can't stand Stanley Robinson, right?

4/4/09   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Good start CBS, you just had a s-bomb dropped on national TV.

4/4/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4805 respect

I'm as diehard a Michigan Wolverine fan as it gets...and yet i will root for the MSU Spartans, the City of Detroit, and my homestate of Michigan. The State of sports in the "Wolverine State", the "Winter Wonderland, and of course, the Motor City is just fine.

"Seek a Peninsula, and it will find you."

Detroit takes alot of shots for the rest of the country, some of it deserved. However, the play of our athletes and teams is a point of pride for the City of Detroit, and the State of Michigan...The Spartans, Wolverines..Grand Valley State, Western Michigan, Lake Superior State...the Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, and yes, even the forlorn Detroit Lions. Good Luck to Coach Izzo ans MSU...from a Wolverine.

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Lets all also to remember to try and look for Rheda or Micheal...

MSU guy just said a naughty word..

4/4/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Wow...basketball? I know it's been the same amount of layoff between the Elite 8 and Final 4, but am I the only one that thought this week just dragged out FOR-EV-ER!

http://www.bulletsforever.com/images/admin/sandlot.jpg

4/4/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I think this will be a good one.  Izzo is on top of his game right now and had a week to draw up a gameplan.  If UCONN allows Suton to drag Thabeet away from the hoop, the Spartans will take this.