UConn-Michigan State: 2009 Men's NCAA Tournament Final Four Picks

Ryan BrennanSenior Analyst IMarch 30, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 28:  (L-R) Guard Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies goes up for a shot against forwards Leo Lyons #5 and DeMarre Carroll #1 of the Missouri Tigers in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 28, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/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 the MLB, NFL, and Fantasy Football up and running (as well as having The College Football Place fully integrated).


NCAA Tournament Final Four

Saturday, April 4, 2009


No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 2 Michigan State
6:07 PM ET

No. 2 Michigan State30-615-319-12-16671.862.7
No. 1 Connecticut31-415-316-1482978.563.7


No. 2 Michigan State45.341.435.831.669.742.16.616.113.92.8
No. 1 Connecticut47.537.634.130.468.046.05.816.012.67.8


Line: UConn -4.0

Mitch: MSU +4.0—The Spartans are simply the tougher team and have more heart.
Dave: MSU +4.0—Suton is playing well inside and out. Spartans have home-state mojo.
Ryan: UConn -4.0—Spartans get the in-state, D-Town edge, but Calhoun keeps the Huskies focused for the 5-8 point win.
Shaun: UConn -4.0—The Huskies are on a mission and not even playing "on the road" will stop them.
Steve: UConn -4.0—In a game that will be a defensive slugfest from the opening tip, the Huskies are a little bit better along the front line because of Hasheem Thabeet, and a little bit better in the back court because of A.J. Price. UConn will cover...but just by a little.


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