Mike DeCourcy ranks Spartans No. 3 among Sweet 16 field
With just 16 teams left in the NCAA tourney, BTN contributor and SportingNews.com’s Mike DeCourcy has ranked the remaining teams, from 1-16. His No. 1? Arizona. Michigan State, ranked No. 3, is his favorite of the three Big Ten teams remaining. See his complete ranking in this post.
DeCourcy offers his “Advantage” and “Disadvantage” for all 16 teams, which you can read in the link above. Below, we’ve listed his Big Ten rankings and each team’s advantage.
3. Michigan State
Advantage: The Spartans have the best combination of significant players at the point (Keith Appling) on the wing (Gary Harris) and the post (Adreian Payne). All three can control a game at either end.
Advantage: This is the best offensive team remaining in a tournament that generally has rewarded those who don’t have to labor to make baskets. The Wolverines not only make deep shots at an uncommon level, they run great sets to get easy baskets, share the basketball like few others and are excellent in transition.
Advantage: C Frank Kaminsky is the toughest matchup left. He is a 7-footer who can shoot 3-pointers or drive the ball through traffic and spin into the post. He will not set up deep and let opponents pound on him, which mitigates the grind of going through a game as a lone big man, but he can flash into the post or dribble in and score from close range. He is surrounded by an array of capable scorers: Six others can be double-figure guys, and five could get 20 in the right circumstance.