Michigan State-Gonzaga: In Prelude to Big Dance, Spartans Beat Zags in Thriller

Posted by Daniel Muth on November-18-2009 Add Comments

Though it's early in the NCAA men's basketball season and many things can happen between now and March, tonight's matchup between Michigan State and Gonzaga had all the feeling of a Sweet 16 game.

The play was perhaps sloppy at times, but the intensity was high from the start, with players hitting the floor for loose balls, banging down low, and challenging on the perimeter.

The last time these teams met was in an epic confrontation in the 2005 Maui Invitational that went to triple overtime, with Adam Morrison and the Zags prevailing in an unforgettable early season battle.

So coming into this one, I really had the feeling this was a trap game for MSU. 

They are ranked uncomfortably high given the injuries ...

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