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.
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.
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