A Reasonable Michigan State Thread

11/27/2008 1:41:53 PM Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I don't know about you, but tipoff will occur right about the time that my family is sitting down to dinner.  Needless to say, I will be taping the game (taping the old fashioned way as my parents have yet to embrace the DVR concept).

The purpose of this post is to create a repository for a reasonable discussion of tonight's game. I say this because I think tonight's game represents unchartered territory for Terps fans.  Most Terp fans do not think our guys have a realistic chance of winning this game.  Aside from last year's UNC game (a game we won by the way); when was the last time this happened?

There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about this season, but I think the positives outweigh the negatives.  The Terps are limited in some important areas; but are stacked in others.

Last year's team could have been called the cardiac kids.  The highs and lows were almost too much to bear.  I think that we will find that this year's squad doesn't have as high a ceiling as last year's; but the floor is much higher too.

We won't see Clemson-like collapses; but we may not see UNC-like wins either.  On paper, that puts Michigan State out of reach.  I'm not willing to bet on it though.  Vasquez is a true leader and could indeed will this team to victory.  We have lots of weapons and if the bigs can hold their own on the defensive glass; we might just pull this one out.
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