What I love about Michigan State is the Spartans’ ability to find ways to win. They will have to do that without Kalin Lucas. Korie Lucious wasn’t consistent when Lucas was out with an ankle injury earlier. He will have to be for Sparty to move on. Although Draymond Green has been a pleasant surprise, Delvon Roe and Raymar Morgan have to play up to potential if MSU is going to continue to advance.
Baylor will be the home team in Houston, but, as with Saint Mary’s, this is all new territory. The Bears have the offensive talent to advance, especially on the perimeter with Tweety Carter andLaceDarius Dunn. But one of my new favorite players, Ekpe Udoh, will be the X-factor in whether Baylor advances. He will have to deal with Omar Samhan and either Duke’s trio of bigs or Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson.