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THE BRACKET
PABLO S. TORRE
March 19, 2012
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March 19, 2012

The Bracket

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MICHIGAN STATE

Two highly efficient offenses, two highly efficient D's, one big difference in talent: UK has six top prospects to MSU's one (Green). But Izzo and his video team develop a scheme to slow the dribble-drive and exploit the Wildcats' youth. And the experience of competing in the nation's toughest conference gives the Spartans the edge.

NORTH CAROLINA

There won't be a better guard matchup in this year's bracket than OSU's pesky Craft (2.4 spg) against distributor supreme Kendall Marshall (9.7 apg). Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Carolina has NBA-ready athleticism to spare. The Tar Heels' unrelenting pace leaves Ohio State in the dust.

MICHIGAN STATE

THE SPARTANS CAN'T MATCH NORTH CAROLINA IN LOTTERY PICKS, BUT THEY CAN GO TOE-TO-TOE IN TOUGHNESS. COACH TOM IZZO EARNS HIS SECOND TITLE, 76--74

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