UF Gets Rematch with Mich. State

#2 Florida gets a rematch with #7 Michigan State on Sunday. The two teams played for the National Title in 2000. Here, I preview the match-up.

Florida got a much needed win in easy fashion 85-55 against Sam Houston in round one. They will face a familiar foe in Michigan State, who was very impressive in the first win over Colorado. Yes it is a 2000 rematch but do not forget that maybe the reason the Spartans are a # 7 seed and UF a number 2 is Anthony Roberson. He shunned Tom Izzo and the backyard to join Billy Ball in Gainesville. He had an impressive first tournament game with 16 points and will be a marked man versus the Spartans. David Lee was dominant and really played his best game as a Gator. He will need to try to match his effort against a more physical Spartan team. UF made 9 three pointers and really forced the tempo in there favor with unselfish passing and the use of the press in the first half. Matt Bonner is healthy, although he had an off night going 3-11. The Gators need him against Michigan St.

NEXT UP MICHIGAN State - #7 SEED 1st Round defeated Colorado 79-64
The Spartans shot 46%, made 7 three pointers and out-rebounded the tough Buffaloes for the victory. Offense has been the problem this season and they were led by Chris Hill's 14 and Erazem Lorbek's surprising 17 off the bench helped the Spartans jumped out to a 44-29 lead at the half and cruised to victory.

Scouting Report:
Michigan St. is a physical defensive team who can get into transition. They are a very good rebounding team who out-rebounded it's opponents by 5.9 rebounds a game. They hold teams to 40% shooting and more importantly 33% from behind the arc. The offense is led by 2nd Team all Big Ten performer guard Chris Hill who averages 14.3 ppg and almost 4 assists. Aloysius Anoganye is a force on the glass and was a freshman on the 2000 team that defeated UF in the title game. Slovenian Erazem Lorbek came off the bench at the forward position to lead the Spartans to a victory against Colorado. Alan Anderson had 15 and is a versatile three who has ability. Michigan St. has Adam Ballinger on the inside who is another 6'9" senior who was on the 2000 team. They are young off the bench they do bring in big bodies. They have won 9 of 12 and are one of only three teams to beat Kentucky this season and that was in Rupp Arena.

Look for UF to get into more of it's high pick and roll using Bonner, Lee and Drejer. With the Spartan man defense penetration by Hamilton and Roberson is a must on the offensive end. UF can get some transition points if it rebounds and outlets quickly because all five Spartans go to the offensive glass. Michigan St.'s perimeter game has been suspect all season so look for UF to settle into some zone after early man to man. Billy likes to start in man and see if he can get the opponent into UF's Tempo. This is a game that has Matt Bonner written all over it. Florida can win if everyone else is on, but if the big Redhead brings his "A" game he will get 25 and the Gators are on to San Antonio.

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