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Harvard v. Staee
Rootin' for the smart kids.
Can you clarify? I heard Michigan State was the Harvard of East Lansing...
"Rootin for the smaaaht kids."
In the yaaahd.
The Harvard of East Lansing is East Lansing High School where I went to school. Trojans represent!
IT'S SMARTY VERSUS SPARTY!
I would kill to see Staee drop this one.
Let's go nerds!!!
Represent the Ivy League well tomorrow!
I have MSU advancing, but don't have any money on the line, so I will, of course, be rooting for Harvard. That said, I think MSU will win by 15+.
State's brand "bully ball." Here's hoping the refs dial it back with a closely called game. Anything that requires State to play "brainy ball" would favor the Michigan of the east.
Be rocking the mock turtle neck?
Does the Michigan of the East also hate State?
...though a few of them didn't like the "Harvard....Michigan of the East" shirt I used to wear around Cambridge when I was in grad school. I've got them ousting Sparty in my bracket in my brother's pool. Yes, he went to State. Yes, I would give almost anything to have that play out. Go Crimson!
I used to live in Boston, and I was eating somewhere in Cambridge about ten years ago when a kid walked into the restaurant wearing a t-shirt that said, "Logical Positivists are Chicken Shit."
I realized I'd entered a slightly different world.
I have them in the final 4. I'd easily give up my $5 for a sparty loss in the first round to Tommy and Harvard.
Harvard is in the top 50 in Kenpom's Adj0 and AdjD. MSU won't be blowing them out.
the elitists from Haa-vard. But then I realize it's Sparty and my brain says "Hell no.".
the blue-collar no-class Sparty, and my heart says "oh yeah!"
I am looking forward to all the references to Harvard having a "Princeton offense".
Yes, I have seen several of those references already. Aside from the fact that Amaker wants his players to go through a series of passes before really looking for a shot, I don't think it really is a Princeton style offense at all. No back-door; no double curls; no running the offense through a Center stationed between the foul line and the top of the arc. Interestingly enough, I think Belein's playbook shows more Princeton influence than Amaker's does, at least it did last year when he would run sets through McGary stationed up high.
Belein has always had the five start between the foul line and the three point line. Morgan and Horford can set a ball screen or take a pass and then set a ball screen. Very Princeton-like.
I have a hard time seeing MSU lose this particular game, but I noted one ominous sign for them, going forward: the refs called a ton of fouls on them yesterday. Most of their annoying handchecks, reach-ins and grabs were actually whistled as fouls. Payne played the game of his life (41 points in 24 minutes!) and they still only won by 15 because Delaware lived at the foul line. If that kind of officiating continues, MSU probably won't make it to Dallas.