UCONN vs Michigan St: Final Four Matchup Comparison

March 31st, 2009
Apr 4 2009 - 6:07pm

Most people thought Louisville was going to roll over Michigan St like they did against Arizona. But the well-coached Spartans controlled the tempo perfectly, and exposed Louisville for being a mediocre team in the half-court. Will that possession by possession mentality work against UCONN, or will that play right into the Huskies hands?

 

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Matchup Comparison

 

#1 UCONN

 

#2 Michigan St

 

         

AJ Price

UCONN is tough to beat when Price is playing at his best. Look out if he happens to be on from three..

 

PG

Kalin Lucas

The engine behind MSU's success. Must contain Price if MSU has any shot. Gus Johnson knows Lucas is the "Big Ten Player of the Year!!"

 

Craig Austrie

Basically a role player now, who isn't asked to do much on O considering the other options.

 

SG

Travis Walton

On the floor to pass the ball and defend. Doesn't light up scoreboard, but L'Ville game was great example of how he still makes important contributions.

 

Stanley Robinson

Unlike Morgan, Robinson has been playing the best ball of his life in recent weeks.

G/F

Raymar Morgan

Never really got into flow with injury issues, and has been virtually invisible. Has scored just 7 points in his last 3 games..

 

Jeff Adrien

Rock solid player rebounds and mixes it up on the inside. Not as imposing as Thabeet on D, but can still block shots.

 

F

Delvon Roe

Promising freshman has only impacted 1 of MSU's 4 tourney games. Needs to step up.

Hasheem Thabeet

Offensively challenged, but still a hugely imposing presence on D and on the glass.

 

C

Goran Suton

Averaging almost 20 & 10 over last two games. But has done most of his damage in the first half. Needs to hit outside shots to make Thabeet step away from the rim.

 

Reserves

Donnell Beverly

Only gets in for 2-3 minutes a game now.

PGs

Korie Lucious

Lucas & Walton are both PG's, so Lucious rarely gets much time. But he's far from a scrub.

Kemba Walker

Made name name for himself with 23 against Mizzou, but prone to inconsistency.

 

Wings

Chris Allen/Durrell Summers

Michigan St excels when these guys run the floor and hit threes. Summers was big against L'Ville.

 

Gavin Edwards

Serviceable so long as he doesn't drift outside the paint.

Bigs

Gray/Green/Ibok

Since February started, Draymond Green has emerged as the feature reserve forward. He's really coming into his own.

 

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