I don't know about you, but I am highly frustrated that the NBA Players Association and the Owners only met once between July 1st and Mid-September knowing a lock-out was coming and started. Thanks to their inaction, the whole NBA season might be gone and possible creating the best NCAA Men's Basketball season in recent memory. This means that somebody has to pay for it, that team is the Michigan State Spartans and there are three reason why.
Tom Izzo vs. the ACC: Anyone who follows college basketball, loves Tom Izzo the head coach of the Spartans. His motto is anybody, anywhere, anytime; it does not matter if half his team are barely old enough to buy tobacco and vote or having the depth that is so pitiful that me and a couple of friends can step on to the court and give solid minutes. This year he is taking the motto very seriously for starters, they are playing North Carolina the ACC number 1 team on an aircraft carrier. That is cool, but UNC is are returning four starters from last year team and are hungry to win this year, I am not feeling this one at all. Next, they play Duke at Madison Square Garden, Duke is the number 2 team in the ACC, yes they have depth and the talent to make a Final Four run, but also MSG is also Duke's third home after Cameron Indoor Stadium and East Rutherford, N.J. Finally in the ACC gauntlet is Florida State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge while the Seminoles are the easiest of the three, but they are an experience team and willing to take the third spot of the ACC tournament in March. This will make any team season let alone their non-conference schedule, but there is more for Coach Izzo team.
Non-Conference Schedule: If playing three teams from a top conference is bad enough at least the Spartans will get a break in terms of toughness, before headed to Spokane and play against Gonzaga a team who is always up for a NCAA Tournament bid and sometimes a Final Four. I say have fun fellas.
The Big Ten: Everyone knows the Big Ten is never fun to watch as offense is at best non-existent. And sadly every team in the Big Ten have gotten better either by having more talent or gain more experience from last season, for example: Ohio State, the best player is back and I believe it all the NBA's fault. Next up on the Big Ten totem pole is the Spartans favorite team to hate Wisconsin, trust they are tough and will be a thorn on MSU and the rest of the Big Ten side. Also there are the Michigan Wolverines who in my eyes are improving every year and that is scary for a MSU fan, who knows they may win the season series against State this year, a scary thought in deed.
I hope the NBA will be back on before the start of the Big Ten season, or else January through March will be as nerve racking as waiting for my grades for this term.