Saturday, November 28, 2009

Didn't I Tell You Michigan State Wasn't a Number Two?

When I saw Michigan State play earlier this season, I said to myself, there's no way this is a number two team right now:
Erving Walker hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:56 left and Florida hung on to upset No. 2 Michigan State 77-74 on Friday night in the Legends Classic.

Walker finished with 12 points to help the Gators (5-0) remain undefeated.

Durrell Summers missed two last-gasp 3-point attempts in the final minute.

The Spartans (4-1) missed their chance to give coach Tom Izzo a record 341 victories at the school. Izzo will get another chance Saturday.

Chandler Parsons scored 14 points to lead the Gators. Walker hit his 3 from beyond NBA range in front of Florida's bench for a 72-71 lead.

Kalin Lucas scored 20 points for the Spartans.

The Gators will play Rutgers in the championship game.

Michigan State was knocked off because of some incredibly sloppy play. They hacked the Gators with bad fouls down the stretch and committed a whopping 23 turnovers. The Spartans also missed eight of 10 3-point attempts.

That's not to say that Florida is automatically that great, either. I hate early season rankings. It's nice to get some attention and give the players something to defend, but it seems unrealistic to say that Michigan State is now going to have something of a letdown of a season if they don't climb back up in the rankings. Wait until they have a half dozen Big Ten games under their belt.

What I'd really like to see are games with teams from all the big conferences in the next few weeks before I sit down and start thinking about who's good and who isn't.

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