The match-ups and schedule for the Old Spice Classic have been released. (Don’t the words “Old Spice” and “Classic” go together nicely?) Michigan State will play Maryland in the opening round at 7:00 on Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Day). The game will be televised on ESPN2.
If they won that game, they’d play the winner of the Gonzaga-Oklahoma State game on Friday. The match-ups on the other side of the bracket are Tennessee-Siena and Georgetown-Wichita State. The final will be played on Sunday; Saturday is an off day.
Maryland went 19-15 last season, including 8-8 in the ACC, and ended up in the NIT. With the series of recruiting defections and transfers Maryland has suffered in recent months, it doesn’t appear the program is on the upswing.
Update: Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman runs down the state of the Maryland roster. Summary: Good perimeter scoring potential, lack of interior players, likely NIT-bound.
Coffee Talk: You’ll note that some combination of (1) careful planning and (2) procrastination has resulted in my series on MSU’s historical tempo-free tendencies proceeding at a Iowa-basketball-offense-like-pace. At this rate, we may not get through the full series by the start of the 2008-09 season.
The next post in the series will be on field goal shooting. But before we get to the hard numbers, I thought we could chat about a more subjective shooting-related topic:
Which Spartan basketball player, past or present, would you want taking the last shot in a hypothetical national championship game, with the score tied?
I tend to focus on the Izzo era, but feel free to submit nominations from earlier decades, as well. And feel free to conjure up memories of great last-second shots in MSU basketball history as evidence for your nominees.