Favorite Sons: Michigan State gets a distinct home court advantage
All season Michigan State coach
Detroit was named as the 2009 site in July '03, and Izzo had used that selection to lure nine Michigan prospects to this team, including sophomore guards
Now there was even more on the line. Six years ago Izzo couldn't have envisioned how far in the tank the state economy would be, how many jobs would be lost, how dismal the Detroit sports landscape would look (the 0-16 Lions!) and how deeply Michiganders would need something to cheer in 2009. Izzo had much to discuss in the hotel ballroom, but, he says, "I found out there wasn't a lot of time to talk about it, because there was other work to do."
That work is the reason the Spartans were able to rout top-seeded Louisville 64-52 on Sunday. As
The Spartans' preparation is intense; they got their first scouting report on the Cardinals at 2 a.m. last Saturday, then had 20-minute walk-throughs or film sessions every few hours leading up to the game. The scouting staff records every televised game all season, and 14 editors (some of them student volunteers) use a $500,000 system to break down all their opponents' shots and ball screens.
Suton is one of the Michigan guys, though he wasn't born there. A native of Sarajevo, he fled that violence-plagued city along with his family during the Bosnian war, taking the last civilian flight to Serbia in September 1992. Eight years later, when he was 15, the Suton family moved to be near relatives in Lansing, where Goran became a star at Everett High, Magic's alma mater. Like Johnson, Suton won a state championship at Everett.
Now he has a chance to do what even Magic couldn't: win a national title in state.