Saturday, April 3, 2010

Was Michigan State the Cinderella team of this years NCAA's?

The Butler Bulldogs defeated the Michigan State Spartans tonight by the score of 52-50 to advance to the NCAA championship game. They will take on the Duke Blue Devils Monday night.
Since I live here in Michigan, most of the articles that I have read are saying this is an upset win and that Butler is a "Cinderella" team.
What if we have it wrong though? What if Butler was actually the favorite and Michigan State was the Cinderella team of this years NCAA tourney?
I realize that it sounds a little crazy but follow me on this one.
Butler went undefeated in conference play this year and has not lost a game in 2010. They went into the tournament as the hottest team in the country. They already have eliminated a #1 seed (Syracuse) and a #2 seed (Kansas St.) and are playing in the first Final Four in school history at a location six miles from their campus. They have momentum and are basically playing on their home court. In my mind, they are the favorites.
Michigan State, on the other hand, lost their best player to injury in a second round game against Maryland. Most of their games have been very close (needing a last second shot to defeat Maryland, squeaking by Tennessee 70-69) and all that people seem to talk about is the great job that head coach Tom Izzo has done this year. A lot of people have stated that he is doing the best coaching job that he has ever done. I have a lot of respect for Tom Izzo and I do agree that this is his best coaching job yet.
However, I also believe that the reason why people are saying that we have been seeing his best coaching job yet is because nobody thought that MSU would get this far in the tournament. In my book that is the definition of a "Cinderella" team.

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