Spartans Lost in NCAA Final.. Still Winners

John OpieCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)





Congratulations Spartans…  Coach Izzo, Team, Staff, Izzone…. Great Year.. Great Accomplishment…

You reminded the entire Big Ten on whats its like to be a Spartan and a part of the best athletic conference in the USA..

The Spartan Team had  tough Road to the NCAA Final Game..
Beating two No. 1 seeds..

Pomeroy Rank of Spartan Opponents:
USC: 26
Kansas: 10
Louisville: 4
Connecticut: 3
North Carolina: 1

Toughest road to the final of any team… The Spartans made the entire Big Ten Nation proud!
Looking forward to the Final Four in Indy 2010….

Kori and Raymar had surgery to repair broken bones in their feet from the final against the Tar Heels...... These guys sacrificed their bodies for a shot at greatness...

CONGRATULATIONS Spartans !!!!




Box Score from the NCAA Final Game:

Official Basketball Box Score
Michigan State vs North Carolina
4/6/09 9:21PM at Ford Field, Detroit, MI

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VISITORS: Michigan State 31-7
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Morgan, Raymar...... f  1-2    0-0    2-2    1  0  1   5   4  0  1  0  0  19
10 Roe, Delvon......... f  1-1    0-0    0-1    2  6  8   3   2  0  1  1  0  17
14 Suton, Goran........ c  7-10   3-4    0-0    3  8 11   3  17  0  3  2  0  31
01 Lucas, Kalin........ g  4-12   0-1    6-8    0  0  0   2  14  7  6  0  0  35
05 Walton, Travis...... g  0-2    0-0    2-2    0  1  1   3   2  3  4  0  0  24
00 Ibok, Idong.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
03 Allen, Chris........    0-8    0-7    3-5    1  0  1   2   3  1  0  0  0  17
13 Thornton, Austin....    0-1    0-0    2-2    0  3  3   1   2  0  0  0  0   3
15 Summers, Durrell....    4-10   2-6    3-4    2  3  5   1  13  2  2  1  0  21
22 Dahlman, Isaiah.....    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   1
23 Green, Draymond.....    2-2    0-0    3-5    2  5  7   3   7  0  2  0  1  12
25 Crandell, Jon.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
34 Lucious, Korie......    2-5    2-5    0-0    0  0  0   3   6  0  2  0  0  14
40 Herzog, Tom.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  1  0   1
41 Gray, Marquise......    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   2   0  0  0  0  0   3
   TEAM................                            2  2
   Totals..............   22-55   7-23  21-29  13 29 42  28  72 13 21  5  1 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-27 44.4%   2nd Half: 10-28 35.7%   Game: 40.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-10 40.0%   2nd Half:  3-13 23.1%   Game: 30.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-9  66.7%   2nd Half: 15-20 75.0%   Game: 72.4%    4


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HOME TEAM: North Carolina 34-4
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 THOMPSON, Deon...... f  3-8    0-0    3-4    0  3  3   4   9  0  2  0  0  23
50 HANSBROUGH, Tyler... f  6-14   0-2    6-10   1  6  7   3  18  2  2  0  0  34
05 LAWSON, Ty.......... g  3-10   0-3   15-18   0  4  4   0  21  6  1  0  8  37
14 GREEN, Danny........ g  2-4    2-3    0-0    2  1  3   5   6  4  2  0  1  24
22 ELLINGTON, Wayne.... g  7-12   3-3    2-2    2  2  4   2  19  0  0  0  0  35
02 CAMPBELL, Marc......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
04 FRASOR, Bobby.......    1-2    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   3   2  1  0  0  0  23
11 DREW II, Larry......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
15 TANNER, J.B.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
24 WATTS, Justin.......    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   1
32 DAVIS, Ed...........    5-7    0-0    1-4    2  6  8   4  11  0  0  0  0  14
35 MOODY, Patrick......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
40 COPELAND, Mike......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
44 ZELLER, Tyler.......    0-0    0-0    1-2    0  1  1   1   1  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   28-61   5-12  28-40  11 24 35  22  89 13  7  0  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-34 52.9%   2nd Half: 10-27 37.0%   Game: 45.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-9  44.4%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 41.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 15-19 78.9%   2nd Half: 13-21 61.9%   Game: 70.0%    5


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Officials: Tom O'Neill, Curtis Shaw, Tony Greene
Technical fouls: Michigan State-None. North Carolina-None.
Attendance: 72922
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Michigan State................   34   38  -   72
North Carolina................   55   34  -   89
Two day attendance total: 145,378
Ty Lawson - 8 steals most ever in championship game

Points in the paint-MSU 18,UNC 30. Points off turnovers-MSU 6,UNC 25.
2nd chance points-MSU 15,UNC 14. Fast break points-MSU 4,UNC 4.
Bench points-MSU 33,UNC 16. Score tied-0 times. Lead changed-2 times.
Last FG-MSU 2nd-00:04, UNC 2nd-00:46.
Largest lead-MSU by 1 1st-19:11, UNC by 24 1st-04:48.

Congratualtions Spartans....



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