Can MSU defense turn in another stellar defensive performance against a big UCONN team? Uconn present a different challenge for MSU than Louisville.
I really don't have an answer to any of the other questions, since I haven't followed Nova or UNC at all this year.
Disclaimer: what I am about to say is probably 90% incorrect. But an opinion's an opinion, right?
MSU will not hold down UConn as well as they did Louisville, but I'll be surprised if they can't keep it close. Two key players for the Spartans will likely be Goran Suton (again) and Travis Walton. Walton is the best defender in the Big Ten, and from what I've read, the only player to really burn him was Ty Lawson. He'll have to keep UConn's Price in check. Guarding Hasheem Thabeet will be no easy task for Suton since Thabeet is, well, Hasheem Thabeet. However, it seems to me that Thabeet hasn't really developed a great post game yet, other than just being 7'3. He doesn't appear to have much of a mid-range game, either. His main role seems to be to just grab the rebounds and block anyone foolish enough to come into his area.
But then after Thabeet, there's Stanley Robinson, Jeff Adrien, etc...
Also, will Izzo decide to have his players run? UConn is very, very talented, but they're not all that deep in the front court and MSU could certainly take advantage. Who knows, MSU might be better off running instead of letting UConn's front bash them in a half-court game.
If only these games were scheduled for Sunday instead of when Lincoln/Port are running.