Final Four Recap And Tonight's Championship Preview

Dan Wheat-RiversContributor IApril 5, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 04:  Durrell Summers #15 of the Michigan State Spartans moves the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Ford Field on April 4, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

There was one great and one good Final Four game. Michigan State against UConn was a great game that was anybody's game until about a minute was left. North Carolina/Villanova was a good game, for a little while, but you knew early on that UNC was going to win.

UConn gave away a chance to play for the national title by not hitting free throws. They shot 63 percent from the line. With their play down low and the amount of fouls they were drawing, they probably should have won by 10.

But the Michigan State guards kept them in it long enough to overcome the foul issues. I actually thought the officials were giving UConn the game for a while. It seemed like they were getting every little call while Michigan State wasn't getting any in the first half. Seven of the first eight fouls were against Michigan State. Lucky for them, they play 10 guys and the fouls were spread out.

Now, MSU will play tonight in Detroit for a chance to win its third national championship; the last two were in 2000 and 1979.

Carolina overcame a slow start to dominate for most of their game. There were about three minutes in the first half and a couple in the second where Carolina let Villanova back in the game, but they didn't let those mini-runs phase them and will now look to complete the season by beating MSU tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

I'm a little disappointed not to see Hasheem Thabeet go against Tyler Hansborough. But I think Monday night holds a great matchup anyway. Goran Suton is a good big man that has shooting range, so Hansborough will have to play away from the basket some. I also think Ty Lawson will have his hands full with the Michigan State guards.

I think Carolina holds the edge, though. They seem like they can run with Michigan State, but they've also been shooting lights-out all tournament. Unless Michigan State can change that, I don't think they can win. They need to gets lots of turnovers and transition baskets while not committing fouls if they want to have a chance.