Spartans should move into top-25 with win

MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo understand that a Gary Williams coached Maryland team is always dangerous and he is wary of what the Terps (4-0) bring to the table.

Michigan State should break into the top-25 for the first time this season with a win in tonight's championship game of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.

Tom Izzo's club moved to 4-0 with a nailbiting 63-61 win over previously #18 ranked Texas last night.

Michigan State's surprising success has been paced by freshman Raymar Morgan, who yesterday, pulled off a feat never before duplicated in MSU's storied basketball history.

Morgan became the first freshman to score in double-figures in his first four NCAA games. Not even NBA hall of fame great Ervin "Magic" Johnson pulled off that feat.

Meanwhile, point guard Drew Neitzel took a step toward stardom with his stunning double crossover move, freezing UT's super freshman Kevin Durant for the winning basket in last night's contest.

"He made a great play," admitted Durant, "but we should have helped out and stopped him."

There's no bigger stage than Madison Square Garden and Neitzel's 15-point, six assist performance in the white-hot spotlight of the Big Apple has drawn raves from newspapers from New York to Los Angeles.

Izzo though, realizes that a Gary Williams coached team is always dangerous and is wary of what the Terps (4-0) bring to the table.

"Maryland concerns me because they are the deepest team in the tournament by far," Izzo said in the post game press conference. "Their press is going to wear some people down and they have great athletes, but this is a great opportunity for a young team to play for a championship."

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