Kellogg: Michigan State Will Win National Title

Bucknell might give Sparty a scare, but Kellogg likes MSU to win it all

Taz and the Moose
March 14, 2018 - 10:45 am

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If Tom Izzo advances to his eighth Final Four this year, he may need to get past No. 2 Duke and No. 1 Kansas. But first things first: he needs to get past No. 14 Bucknell (25-9), which has won 18 of 19, with the lone loss coming on the road in overtime.

“They’ve got size, they’ve got depth, they’ve got experience, they’ve played tough people – I don’t think they’re going to back up,” CBS Sports college basketball insider Clark Kellogg said of the Bison on Taz & The Moose. “I think Michigan State ultimately will be able to prevail, but they better be on top of their game – because this Bucknell Bison team is real.”

Bucknell is led by 6-7 senior forward Zach Thomas, who averaged 20.3 points and 9.2 rebounds this season, and 6-9 senior center Nana Foulland, who averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks.

“They’ve got shot-makers, they’ve got size, experience – and the longer you can compete when you’re a heavy underdog, (the better),” Kellogg said. “Obviously Michigan State playing in Detroit will have tremendous support, so that underdog fan shift won’t help the Bison as much as it might help some other teams on more of a neutral court. I still like what the Bison have shown, but I do think Michigan State is going to prevail.”

In fact, Kellogg believes Michigan State will win the national championship. He has Arizona, Xavier, Purdue and Michigan State in his final Four.

“I’ve been Sparty since the beginning of the season,” he said. “They haven't played at the level they need to, but I think they’re going to find it. I’m going to go Michigan State.”

Michigan State (29-4) plays Bucknell on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Kellogg, it is worth noting, has Arizona beating No. 1 Virginia in the Sweet 16. Kellogg initially thought that game would a coin flip, but with Virginia losing ACC Sixth Man of the Year De’Andre Hunter to a broken wrist, he gives Arizona the edge.

“You need all of your best players, and they don’t have one of theirs,” Kellogg said of the Cavaliers. “So I think Sweet 16 perhaps, but then after that, I don’t know if they have enough to beat most likely who would be in front of them.”