UNC-Michigan State: 2009 Men's NCAA Tournament Championship Picks

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IApril 5, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 04:  Raymar Morgan #2 and Goran Suton #14 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after Michigan State won 82-73 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hopefully you've had a chance to check out our site—The Sports Chat Place—where we've been doing College Hoops Picks Against the Spread all season. There are five of us from The Sports Chat Place who also write on B/R: Ryan, Mitch, Dave, Shaun, and Steve.

For the NCAA Tournament, we decided to put together a few articles with all of our picks for the various rounds. We've received a lot of positive feedback from these, so we're going to continue the whole way through!

In case you haven't seen the other articles, the idea is that everyone picks the game against the spread and is allowed to write one or two sentences explaining why.

The Sports Chat Place has only been up and running since the end of January (at the time it was called The College Basketball Place). We have been very happy with how many hits we've been getting this season, especially during the tournament. At the start of the NCAA Tournament we had just over 500,000 hits—we now have 725,000.

If you enjoy what you read here, I encourage you to go check out the site! College hoops may be coming to a close for the season, but that doesn't mean that we're shutting our doors! We have just launched the NASCAR portion of The Sports Chat Place, and we will soon have MLB, NFL, and Fantasy Football up and running (as well as having The College Football Place fully integrated).


NCAA Tournament Championship

Monday, April 6, 2009


No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Michigan State
9:21 PM ET

No. 2 Michigan State31-615-320-12-16672.063.0
No. 1 North Carolina33-413-314-17-232289.872.0


No. 2 Michigan State45.241.435.731.669.742.26.716.213.82.8
No. 1 North Carolina48.141.138.733.875.445.38.518.212.65.3


Line: UNC -7.0

Mitch: UNC -7.0—Thanks Spartans for the run, I'll be rooting for you but have to bet with my head.
Ryan: UNC -7.0—With five players averaging double-digit points, MSU can focus on slowing one or two of them down, but the Spartans won't be able to stop them all.
Shaun: UNC -7.0—The Tar Heels will be cutting down the nets in Motown after a decisive win over the Spartans.
Steve: MSU +7.0—The Spartans have shown the ability to slow down a high scoring team in Louisville and outscore another offensive team in UConn. Their defense will be the difference against UNC.


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