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Matty D’s Top 25 College Basketball Preview (4: Michigan State)

Kalin Lucas

That’s right, the college hoops season is here and you know what that means: it’s time to unleash the mother effing fury! For the past seven months, I’ve been bottling up a vicious mixture of excitement and rage, just waiting for the moment to release my emotions onto the rest of the world. Well that time has come. Your boy Matty D is back to give you a look at the top teams in the country and to separate the champs from the chumps.

This entire week, I’ll be counting down the final five of my top 25 teams in the country and giving you a breakdown of each team so that you too can be prepared for this upcoming season. Chances are I’m going to say some things you don’t like, and chances are I’m going to say some things you may not necessarily believe, but trust me, I will give you my honest opinion every single step of the way.

So, I apologize in advance if I hurt anyone’s feelings, especially the guy who told one of our writers this weekend that Maryland was a lock to win the ACC. Dude, drugs are bad! As much as it may suck, if I don’t hurt people’s feelings, then I’m not speaking the truth. Unfortunately winning isn’t for everyone and the sooner you figure this out, the better off you’ll be.

4. Michigan State
While most people may look at the Spartans run to the NCAA Championship last season as a classic case of a team getting hot at the right time, I think they were simply a quality team that was overlooked by many people, including myself. I know they got their bags kicked in by UNC in the big game, but they did take down three teams (Kansas, Louisville and UConn) who everyone all thought had a legit shot of winning the whole thing. When it comes down to it, Kalin Lucas is a problem and Tom Izzo is probably the most underrated coach in college basketball. Everyone knows that come tourney time, nothing is more important than a point guard and good coaching. I would have them ranked higher but, as much as it pains me to say it, the Big Ten is a very good conference this year and those teams are going to beat up on each other all season long. Similar to the teams of the Big East last year, they may not have much left in the tank when the tournament rolls around.

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  • Daddy Dollars

    Should be number 1. Much like UNC had to get manhandled by Kansas a year before winning it all MSU had to get manhandled by UNC before learning how to bring home the title. They team is deep and replacing only two rotation players. The add a healthy Raymar Morgan (played last year with mono/walking pnuemonia) and Delvon Roe (played last year 6 months after microfracture knee surgery) and two freshman bigs. Tom Izzo is not necessarily the most underrated coach in America, but he is the best coach in America.

  • Detroit Dave

    IZZO’s track record and recruiting pitch. Every player that he recruited and stayed at MSU for 4 years has made it into the Final Four…… how many active coaches can say that?

  • hahns

    just by looking at the picture, msu needs to wear smaller shorts.

    watching the championship game last year, kalin lucas looked out of his league.

  • red_cedar

    Kalin Lucas was overmatched by Ty Lawson? Fine. But did you see him school Sherron Collins TWICE last year?

    Here’s another nugget: In the past 13 years, Kevin Love is the only power conference freshman to beat Delvon Roe’s OR%, DR% and eFG% in league play. Look for Roe to blow up this year.