No other school can make the claim-- Michigan State has three winter teams still active in post season play.  Which one goes the furthest?  Probably women's basketball has the best road-- another home game in the WNIT, Thursday, 7pm against Kansas.  And if MSU wins that game, the Spartans probably stay at home to play another, perhaps against Michigan.

     You can analyze the chances of Tom Izzo's Spartans from here to doomsday and come up with anything you want, good or bad.  The games are all tough for everyone from here on out and I agree with the theory that the tournament really begins when the Sweet 16 assemble for their games at the four regional sites.  Michigan State might beat Memphis and might get blown out-- who knows on neutral sites.  Memphis has better athletes than Pittsburgh did, at least that's how I see it.  And a new venue may or may not help or hurt the Spartans.  Neutral floors are hard to analyze.  But Texas seems to have an advantage in the South regional.  Texas plays Stanford in Houston before 30,000 some screaming Longhorn fans and a win would send the Longhorns into the Elite Eight game two days later against the survivor of Michigan State and Memphis.

     I don't think it helps the Spartans that everyone is dissing Memphis as the weakest number one seed.  Memphis is after all 35-1 and has a 100-9 record in its last 109 games.  That's pretty good.  And Memphis likely has several NBA players on its roster and I always say NBA calibre players are needed to make a deep NCAA tournament run.

     Rick Comley's hockey team has no easy test at Colorado College on Friday, but if MSU wins, then a second game win over Notre Dame or New Hampshire is much more doable.  MSU could win two games and return to Denver two weeks later to the Frozen Four and make another run at a repeat national title.  There's a lot of uncertainty for all three teams, but at least they're still playinig late in March.


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