MSU or UM potential NCAA champs
With that annual sports phenomena of March Madness here, the prospects of a national championship in NCAA basketball coming to Michigan are good.
I firmly believe that either Michigan State or the University of Michigan can walk away with a title in the next couple of weeks.
I’m aware there are plenty of other teams in the field capable to taking all the marbles at the end of March Madness.
Duke, with freshman superstar Zion Williamson, is certainly one of them. Coach Mike Kryzewski certainly has the background to win another crown.
Williamson is one of those freakish players who can make the difference. At 6-foot-11, 280 pounds, he reminds people of a smaller LeBron James with his ballhandling and shooting skills.
And you can’t overlook Gonzaga or the University of Virginia, two teams with enough experience and talent to win it all.
But the Zags and Cavaliers appear to lack a certain toughness — something they didn’t get enough to during the regular season.
The Spartans and Wolverines benefitted from playing in the tough BIG Conference, a league that put eight teams in the field.
Look at Purdue. The Boilermakers completely dismantled defending national champion Villanova a round ago. They’re a definite dark horse.
The Spartans and Wolverines also have enough to advance to the Final Four, primarily because of their coaches.
Tom Izzo may have a few critics on his coaching techniques, but the veteran MSU skipper knows how to win.
He also has the best point guard in the nation in junior Cassius Winston. Throw in strong inside players like Kenny Goins, Nick Ward and Xavier Tillman, and they might have enough muscle to combat Duke’s Williamson.
Michigan coach John Beilein may be the most underrated coach in the country, witness his recent success in the tourney.
He also has high-powered talent like Iggy Bradzeikis, Jordan Poole and 7-1 center John Teske. That’s enough to get the Wolverines pretty far.
Will it happen? Check your brackets and see where the two state powers could meet again ….