In this second-round matchup, it's No. 13 seed Michigan State vs. No. 4 Georgetown. Check the rosters, the college stats and the Page 2 takes, then place your vote.
|Photos: Johnson (AP), Skiles (Michigan State Univ.), Smith (Getty)|
|Scoop Jackson predicts ...|
Magic Johnson at halftime, down by 10, says to Jud Heathcote that Iverson reminds him of his Detroit playground idol Curtis Jones -- only better. Known for ooping passes from anywhere on the court, Johnson realizes that it's impossible against this team and the Triple Towers inside. He spends the second half backing the ball over the halfcourt, setting the offense from there. It slows the game down to a pace that is uncharacteristic of the Spartans. And although Steve Smith has a good game (26 points), it, along with Johnson's tournament-record 22 assists, isn't enough to shut down the lil' fella from the Stuart Garden projects in Newport News, Va.
Final score: Georgetown 84, MSU 71
|Photos: Ewing (AP), Mourning (Getty), Iverson (Getty)|
|Eric Neel predicts ...|
The backcourt battle's a push. Skiles isn't nearly quick enough to bottle up Iverson on the one side. And on the other side, Magic beats Sleepy every which way but loose. The game is won when Earvin tries to get Kelser involved. He can't see him. He's blotted out like the sun in an eclipse. Mutombo, Mourning, and Ewing (and yes, they're all on the floor at the same time) are the moon. They pick alley-oops out of the air; they Malachi Crunch him; they backside him out out of bounds. Eventually Greg just takes a seat with the ballboys under the hoop. His biggest moment comes when he helps wipe perspiration off the floor after Mourning hits the deck taking a Magic charge.
Final score: Georgetown 77, MSU 55