Mike Valenti Says MSU's Seed Means U-M Game Meant Nothing

'This team has balls and you've got to respect that.'

The Valenti Show
March 18, 2019 - 3:12 pm

The NCAA told Michigan State University basketball fans yesterday's game didn't count, according to 97.1 The Ticket's Mike Valenti. And that's a shame.

While he considered the game a classic, Valenti said it was treated like it didn't happen. The committee was clueless, the chairman a disgrace. He added he's not mad State failed to make No. 1 seed, but he is mad the school was put in Duke's region.

The committee embarrassed itself, he said; It looked like they did their brackets before the MSU game was played.

"That game meant nothing, it just didn't matter and I think that's disrespectful to both our universities," Valenti said, adding student athletes put their bodies on the line, and for what? Nothing.

He also thought State kicked the hell out of Michigan. 

But they were denied the No. 1 seed.  Michigan State was seeded as the No. 2 seed in the East region by the NCAA Tournament selection committee. The Spartans are in the same region as the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, Duke.

The end result was the Spartans, No. 6 seed overall, face Duke -- top overall seed in the tournament -- while the Wolverines, No. 8 overall, do not. 

They may have a bad luck of the draw, but Valenti says MSU has something Michigan doesn't. "This has team has balls in spade, massive meatballs," he said, comparing the size to the one-pound meatballs at his favorite Italian restaurant.

On the other hand, Michigan can't close, he said, and that's not a good sign for Michigan. "That comes down to your players, not the coach," he said.

"The last 15 minutes of all three games, so 45 total minutes of basketball for Michigan, Michigan State -- Michigan State has outscored you 105-58 -- balls, big ones."

For his part, Tom Izzo agreed Michigan State did not get what it deserved from the committee.

"For a couple of years now, including in 2016, I don't think we did," Izzo said, per Mlive.