Michigan State Spartans Final Four Preview

ctsports picksAnalyst IApril 2, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 29:  Goran Suton #14 of the Michigan State Spartans cuts down a piece of the net following their 64-52 win against the Louisville Cardinals  during the fourth round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Craig Trapp, lead sports handicapper from CTSportsPicks.com, finishes up his Final Four Team Preview articles today looking at the Michigan State Spartans. If you missed any of the other teams, you can check them out here: UNC, Villanova, and UConn.

After a slow start to the season, Michigan State has come on and might be the hottest team in the Final Four. That being said, experts are still not giving the Spartans much respect, as they are the longest shot on the board at 5-1. The good news for Michigan State fans is, this team loves the underdog roll and flourishes when everyone tells them they can't win.

Without a doubt, this team has the best coach in the Final Four. Tom Izzo is a master in the NCAA Tournament. He seldom has the most talented teams, but his teams are always prepared and usually win because they just want it more. The Spartans are a direct reflection of Izzo. Team basketball is the key to all of Izzo's teams and this one is no different. Individually, this team is just average, but as a whole, they are very tough and gritty.

Offensively, Kalin Lucas and Travis Walton run the team. More than ever before, this team really looks to run when they have the numbers. Both Lucas and Walton can really get out and score on the break. Lucas was the Big Ten Player of the Year and has been clutch all Tournament. If the Spartans are going to win, these two must be efficient offensively and lock down the UConn guards.

The one player who has been the most valuable to this team all year has been senior center Goran Suton. Not always the leading scorer or rebounder but he's the one guy who does all the dirty work. Several games in this Tournament have seen Suton hit wide-open jumpers to carry this team to wins. Not the most athletic or fastest player but definitely the most important single player if MSU is going to win in this year's Final Four.

Defensively, this team must play another stellar game. Their performance defensively against Louisville was spectacular and if they can repeat against UConn they have a great chance to win the Championship. Not sure if they are good enough to outscore UConn so they must hold them to under 45 percent from the field and out-rebound them in the lane.

Pretty hard to believe that the best coach remaining is not of the favorite to win this year's Final Four. But, the good news is, if you like the underdog you have to love the 5-1 odds for the Spartans.

Hope everyone has enjoyed all of Craig's preview articles for each team in this year's Final Four.

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