Preview: UNC vs. Michigan State ON A BOAT
If you don’t have the weirdest boner right now thinking about the start of the 2011-2012 basketball season then you are not me.
- MSU is bringing back a preseason All-Big Ten selection in Draymond Green (at right). Green was second on the team in scoring last season at over 12 per game and also led the team in rebounds and assists. Rebound and assists? Yeah. He also recorded two triple-double last season. The 6’6″ guard will have the ball a lot tonight and will be looking to score. Green has had the privilege of getting beat by UNC three times in his career. Twice in 2009, one of those being the 2009 hammering of a national title game, and once the next season in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. History does like to repeat itself.
- As was alluded to, UNC and MSU have a recent history. UNC has gotten the better end of it all three times as well. The Heels are also used to playing MSU on neutral floors too, with both wins in 2008-2009 coming at Ford Field in Michigan.
- Spartan newcomers Branden Dawson and Travis Trice have played well in exhibitions but will have a lot to handle come Friday night. Dawson will most likely be matched up with Harrison Barnes and Trice with Kendall Marshall. Sophomore Adreian Payne will also have to up his 2 rebound, 2 point average to contend in the front court.
- One reason you can never count out MSU is its coach, Tom Izzo. The man is a certifiable legend. Izzo’s teams do have a knack for very slow starts though. Don’t expect a big night from a freshman-laden MSU squad.