Michigan State at North Carolina 12-1-09

December 1, 2009

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Izzo and the Spartans (5-1) can only hope that new year-new team approach leads to a new result, too. Twice, Michigan State and North Carolina (6-1) met at Detroit’s Ford Field last season. And twice, the Tar Heels walked away with lopsided victories, the first a 35-point win in last year’s Challenge. Then, after the Spartans beat top seeds Louisville and Connecticut to reach the final game in a run that galvanized the economically battered state of Michigan, North Carolina jumped to a 24-point first-half lead and never looked back in an 89-72 victory.

While Lucas leads a veteran group, the Tar Heels look very different from the team that won the program’s fifth NCAA championship. Four-year star Tyler Hansbrough is gone, as are Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green. Left behind is a group built around senior Deon Thompson (team-high 17.7 points per game), sophomore Ed Davis and fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard, who missed most of last year with a foot injury. These Tar Heels are still trying to establish their own identity in the post-Hansbrough era, mixing in talented but unproven newcomers in hopes of finding a cohesive unit.

In an example of the Spartans’ edge in experience, Thompson and Davis are the only two returning Tar Heels who played at least 10 minutes in the championship game, while sophomore point guard Larry Drew II—Lawson’s successor—played just 4.  I like Michigan State in this rematch from last year.

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