Spartans Need Morgan To Step Up

Michigan State is 17-3 when Morgan is in the starting lineup and 19-2 when he plays more than 20 minutes.

In tonight's (10:05pm EST) first round matchup of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State (#2 seed) will face Robert Morris University (#15 seed) in the Midwest Regional in Minneapolis.

The Spartans know little about the player on the Colonials of Robert Morris, except for forward Raymar Morgan, who played AAU ball with guard Jimmy Langhurst.

But MSU knows one thing, it isn't going to go far in the NCAA tournament unless Morgan steps up and plays like the all Big Ten and all NCAA candidate he was in the preseason.

Morgan has suffered through a variety of illnesses and injuries through the season but the emergance of guard Kalin Lucas and good play off the bench helped

When he's on, Morgan's combination of physical strength and his outstanding shooting touch make him a tough cover.

But Morgan has been out of sync at times, appearing not to know where he is on the floor and missing opportunities to finish.

Still, he is the most physically talented player that MSU has and a healthy, 100% Morgan would give MSU a legitimate shot at another Final Four appearance.

Michigan State is 17-3 when Morgan is in the starting lineup and 19-2 when he plays more than 20 minutes.

He recently proclaimed to the media that he was finally healthy and ready to give MSU the shot in the arm it needs for a long tourney run.

"I've had my best practices the last couple days. I'm ready to go," Morgan told the media yesteray. "I'm ready to get into this tournament and show everyone that Raymar Morgan is back."

If he is, expect the Spartans to be dangerous.


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