Detroit News predictions: Will MSU win national title?

The Detroit News
Branden Dawson hugs a Michigan State staff member after Sunday's triumph.

Rod Beard: The Spartans have answered a lot of their critics with some solid play, especially in the second halves, during the postseason. They've had more talent than their opponents in each of the first four games. Against Duke, Kentucky or Wisconsin, that won't be the case. To win the title, they'll have to play the best they've played this season, but they'll come up short.

Matt Charboneau: Everything about Michigan State's matchup with Duke in the Final Four says the Spartans have no shot. Mike Krzyzewski has dominated Tom Izzo, who has won just once against the Duke coach, and the Blue Devils got the best of the Spartans, 81-71, when they met in the second game of the season. But Michigan State has been beating the odds for a couple weeks now and anything seems possible at this point. The run to Izzo's seventh Final Four has been magical, but it will likely end on Saturday against the Blue Devils.

John Niyo: Michigan State's the one team no one expected to be here. And they'll likely be the first one headed home, facing a Duke team that, while young, boasts arguably the most talented starting five in the tournament. Anything's possible, but a win Saturday night might trump everything the Spartans have done to this point.

Bob Wojnowski: The easy answer is no, but the true answer is, it's not impossible to picture it now. Three No. 1 seeds join the Spartans in Indianapolis, and Duke, Wisconsin and unbeaten Kentucky would all be favored over Michigan State. Of course, that doesn't mean much . Notre Dame nearly stunned Kentucky largely because of its shooting, and Michigan State can shoot. And the Spartans did play the Blue Devils tight early in the regular season. It's improbable, but no longer impossible.