Almost there. The Final Four on Saturday will determine who among North Carolina, Michigan State, Connecticut and Villanova are good enough to play for the title on Monday night. In the first game, at 6:07 p.m. EDT, Michigan State, which beat No. 1 seed Louisville in the Midwest, will face off with West top seed Connecticut. The Huskies feature 7-foot-3, 263-pound junior center Hasheem Thabeet, who averages more than 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks a game. And he's not their only player averaging a double-double. Add Jeff Adrien to that list, and then factor in A.J. Price's more than 14 points a game. Freshman Kemba Walker, who contributed 23 points to help topple Missouri, is also perfectly capable of stepping up. The Spartans, who last won a title in 2000, will have the advantage of playing just 90 miles from their home court. Senior Goran Suton, who averages 10 points and eight rebounds per game, went for 19 and 10 in the win over Louisville. Michigan State averages fewer rebounds than UConn, but it still matches up in points allowed. And it has Travis Walton, the Big Ten's defensive player of the year. The Huskies have only made it to the Final Four three times, but in the previous two they went on to win the title. In order to do that again, they'll have to first beat the Spartans and then the winner of the late game, North Carolina vs. Villanova.
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