If the Spartans want a realistic chance, exit Thabeet and insert Hansbrough in this picture.
Easier said than done, Clement.
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1) The oddsmakers have UNC as 7 1/2-point favorites. Which side are you on?
2) Which Tar Heel will walk out MOP with a win: Lawson, Hansbrough, Ellington, or Green?
3) Which Spartan will walk out MOP with a win: Lucas, Morgan, Sutton, or Lucious?
4) Which coach is most likely to earn a third, not just second, national championship?
5) Is this UNC team (Hansbrough, Lawson, Ellington, Green) better than 2005's (May, Felton, McCants, M. Williams) national championship team?
6) What is the largest halftime deficit the Spartans could realistically overcome? Is their a deficit too large for the Heels?
Izzo better have a Calhoun-type lock on the refs if his team can avoid Lawson drawing double-digit fouls on the entire depth chart of Michigan State.
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7) I hate to say it, but could an injury to Lawson's toe (which seems as close to 100% as possible) be the best shot for the Spartans?
8) How large of an upset would the Spartans pull if they can go Giants over Patriots in a championship game "rematch"? In the span of ten years, is this potential storied upset most comparable to 1999's UConn over Duke (Dookies favored by 7, in case you forgot)? Do you have a better one?
9) Whose 3-point shooting is more important to their team winning? Is there a method to forcing Ellington into early misses in Izzo's playbook?
10) Will this game need an extra session like last year's title game (
11) Mario Chalmers moment-time. Down 3, and you have the ball, with less than 10 seconds to go. Is Lawson or Lucas passing or taking the shot themselves? (Better question: is either coach calling for the foul?)
I hope all these answers are, in fact, answered. However, I remain Dr. Skeptismo.
We'll hopefully get more from Pay tomorrow - and perhaps myself - as tipoff approaches.
As for my score prediction...let's just say I have one team by 25+. I see shades of Duke/UNLV in '90, not '91.
That should say plenty. And yes, I'm saying the all-time largest margin of victory may be in danger.
Admittedly, this cover is MUCH better.