Michigan State Advances to the Final

Dan Wheat-RiversContributor IApril 4, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 03:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans laughs during practice prior to the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Ford Field on April 3, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It was a very tight game for about 33 minutes.  UConn was getting all the fouls called their way and Michigan State was pulling down all the rebounds. Then Durrell Summers hit a fast break dunk over Stanley Robinson, who actually got a piece of the ball. 

This gave Michigan State a 10 point lead and it got the fans at Ford field into the game.  Michigan State then looked to be in control of the game as they were getting turnovers and fouls going their way. 

UConn then overcame the panic you could see on their faces to get back to within four points after a 7-0 run.  Michigan State responded by making one of two free throws and then a three point play after another UConn basket.

After UConn missed a floater in the lane, Michigan State pushed the lead to 78-71 with 40 seconds left.  After another missed layup, it came down to whether or not Michigan State could make its free throws.

And they did. They won by a final score of 82-73.

The Michigan State guards were playing well while their big men were struggling to do anything against the impressive front line of UConn.  A lot of there struggles seemed to be because of getting called for fouls.  Suton and Ibok both had three fouls before they scored a bucket.

There was a little bit of a scuffle with just under two minutes left in the first half.  Jeff Adrien was fouled hard and it looked like he took a swing at a Michigan State, I think it was Travis Walton, player on the way down.  Luckily nothing more came of that.

If UConn wants to blame anything for the loss, they need look no further than their free throw shooting.  They missed 12 and shot 63 percent.  There are always fouls that don’t get called, but since they had seven fouls less than Michigan State, I don’t think they can complain about any no calls.

Good luck to Michigan State in Monday night’s championship game.