Michigan State is UConn, UConn is Michigan State

Drew Franklinover 6 years

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mich-uconn Michigan State's postseason run as a No. 7 seed is somewhat unexpected -- but with Tom Izzo, is it? -- as the Spartans advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2010. Izzo's squad entered the tournament with 11 losses on the season but is hot at the right time, having won eight of its last night games. State's current Final Four run is eerily similar to UConn's one year ago -- and when I say eerily similar, I mean identical. Prepare to have your minds blown with a comparison of the two:   2013-14 Connecticut Huskies -- Ranked No. 18 in the preseason AP poll -- Conference record: 12-6 -- Conference standing: 3rd -- Conference tournament: Lost in finals -- Scored 71.8 points per game -- Allowed 62.3 points per game -- Mid-March odds to win title: 100-1 -- Received No. 7 seed in NCAA East Region -- Defeated No. 10, 2, 3 and 4 seeds to reach Final Four -- Met the winner of Kentucky/Wisconsin in title game 2014-15 Michigan State Spartans -- Ranked No. 18 in the preseason AP poll -- Conference record: 12-6 -- Conference standing: 3rd -- Conference tournament: Lost in finals -- Scores 71.9 points per game -- Allows 62.3 points per game -- Mid-March odds to win title: 100-1 -- Received No. 7 seed in NCAA East Region -- Defeated No. 10, 2, 3 and 4 seeds to reach Final Four -- Will meet the winner of Kentucky/Wisconsin in title game (with semifinal win)   Of course, the one difference is UConn met an 11-loss Kentucky team missing a key player, while Michigan State will meet a Kentucky team one win away from perfection, if the Spartans can get past Duke. Still, crazy stuff here. (Hat-tip to Corey James from JKTMB Sports for sparking the discussion in our group text.)

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