In terms of efficiency, they each have a top-10 offense capable of satisfying the pickiest advanced statisticians.
According to a Freep report, the Wolverines claimed their first Big Ten Tournament championship since the 1997-98 season with a 71-56 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center.
For Michigan State, there's one phrase that might best sum up the way its young roster has played all season.
In a theoretical, metaphorical way, of course. "Jim is a good coach, he's a guy that I've known for a long time, a friend of mine, a good guy", Izzo said.
The Wildcats are in, playing as a No. 11 seed in the tournament's First Four games in Dayton, Ohio.
"I told the kids three weeks ago when we were just hoping to survive and get in the tournament that even if you just get in that First Four, if you can get by that first game it can give you an advantage", Weber said. The Wolverines are an overtime loss at Minnesota and a last-second defeat at Northwestern from a 12-game winning streak. The Cowboys started Big 12 play with 6 straight losses before rattling off 10 wins in 11 tries. I know they're extremely well coached. "We were in the same boat", Underwood said. In general, I'm proud of this team for what they accomplished. "I think we have a blueprint in how to do it". That is evident by their winning of the Big 10 Conference Tournament. The Spartans are 3-3 against teams ranked between 51-100 in Sunday's RPI. The Seminoles are deep and athletic too, but we've seen them struggle some times when adversity hits. "We're proud of them".
The 2016-17 Spartans will always be known for their highly touted freshman class that was counted on to deliver big-time results before it was ready because of health issues and a grueling schedule that at times came close to hobbling expectations. Derrick Walton, Jr. once again was the floor leader for the Wolverines in the Big Ten title game. They've each erupted for 20-plus points and 15 assists in recent games, continuously improving as the stakes grow more important. We have a chance just like every other team in this tournament to go out and win a championship. Expect a fast-paced meeting in Indy.
The University of Louisville Cardinals are a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region in the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Las Vegas odds have no bearing on how the games actually turn out, but oddsmakers are so good at their craft that they rarely miss.
Since finding stable ground back in late January, Beilein has allowed more wiggle room for his players, especially after a rough week involving a non-flight plane crash on the runway Wednesday in Detroit.
Underwood, who has forged almost identical results, has followed a similar approach. They've really gelled around first-year head coach Brad Underwood, who ran a dynasty at Stephen F. Austin, and led the Lumberjacks to a first-round beatdown of West Virginia last year.
Well, you get the drift. You've got to work mentally on getting your guys in a good place, and then you've got to go enjoy that moment.
"I told my players that I appreciated the fact we pushed and pulled a lot this year", Izzo said.