Spartans and Tar Heels Advance to Title Game

Chris GrinsteadCorrespondent IApril 4, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 03:  Sparty, the mascot for the Michigan State Spartans, performs 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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

As predicted by many, the North Carolina Tar Heels have defeated the Villanova Wildcats by a score of 83-69. The Tar Heels were able to put together a solid shooting performance as well as a good defensive show during this Final Four matchup.

The North Carolina team dominated Villanova in almost every aspect of the game including three-point shooting, defense, and the half-court game. Ty Lawson led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels, with Tyler Hansbrough not far behind with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Scottie Reynolds put up 17 points for the Wildcats in a losing effort in their first Final Four appearance since their last National Championship. After the game Roy Williams told Clark Kellogg that he felt that their toughness was underestimated and that this Tar Heels squad had proven itself time and time again.

The Michigan State Spartans were able to pull off the upset against the No. 1-seeded UConn Huskies defeating Jim Calhoun's squad by a score of 82-73. The whole game, MSU seemed to control the game tempo.

Kalin Lucas led the way for Tom Izzo's crew with a game-high 21 points. Raymar Morgan also broke out of his recent funk scoring 18 and nine rebounds.

Hasheem Thabeet contributed to the UConn Huskies' cause with 17 points and two blocks, not quite enough to get it done. At 13:40 left in the game, the Spartans took a 51-49 lead and never looked back from there, holding onto the lead for the rest of the game to advance to the National Championship game.

With this win, Michigan State earns its first title game appearance since 2000, when the Spartans won their last National Championship. 

Spartans. Tar Heels. CBS on Monday Night. This game is a sequel to the Big Ten-ACC Challenge match-up in December. Michigan State has the home court advantage, but the coaching is about equal with two very seasoned coaches who have each won a title.

This game is shaping up to be an epic battle of wits and strength combined with a chess match between legendary coaches, Tom Izzo and Roy Williams. In the End, the Tar Heels should be able to pull out the win to represent the ACC on the Big Stage once again.

The Big Ten has overachieved this year, however, as no one expected MSU to get past Kansas or UConn, much less play in the National Championship game. This game should be a good one so don't miss out on a new chapter in sports history.