CBS Sports' Seth Davis visited the radio studio today and sit in for 45 minutes helping promote his new book about the 1969 MSU vs. Indiana State national championship basketball game. Davis is a Duke grad, after growing up in Maryland. He has done well with CBS and is also writing for Sports Illustrated.com. No airs, no snob, just a pleasant good guy.
He likes Michigan State among any of the men's Big Ten basketball team to have the best chance in the NCAA tournament. He doesn't know how the Spartans will go and he thinks a lot of teams will have their fates in or out of the tournament determined in the next couple of weeks by conference tournament play.
Davis took part in Tom Izzo's media one day camp last fall and he likes the MSU coach. He is well versed on all the teams and he thinks Pitt has the best shot, at this point, of winning the NCAA title.
I also spoke with Tom Izzo today who feels his team has got to play better in the days ahead than it did against Indiana. He knew a two game road trip would be difficult and he knew Indiana would let it all hang out in the game against the Dpartans. Devan Dumes was injured early in the game and did not play and had he played who knows if MSU might have won. But the Spartans have seemed to be the best team all season long in the Big Ten and deserve the first outright title for the school since 1999.
Next up, senior day this Sunday againist Purdue. Travis Walton, Idong Ibok, Marquise Gray and Goran Suton will all say good bye to thunderous cheers and the Spartans will try to finish off a 25-5 regular season record, then head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tournament next week.