The MSU Basketball bandwagon that is sweeping the nation

So is everyone officially on board yet?

If not, there might still be some room to squeeze you on if you’re interested. But act now, because spots are filling up fast. You don’t want to be forced to walk along beside it.

Do you know what I’m talking about yet?

Here, I’ll give you some hints: ESPN is driving it,  and Barack Obama is riding shot gun.

Yes, what I am speaking of could only be the Michigan State Basketball bandwagon, something that has become a hot topic ever since the Spartans, finally healthy and back playing together, strung together their best three game stretch of the season to win the Big Ten tournament on Sunday.

Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and co. are set to begin their 2014 NCAA Tournament run. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and co. are set to begin their 2014 NCAA Tournament run. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When observing just how much attention the Spartans are receiving right now, it’s hard to imagine that this is the same team that just a week and a half ago had been losers of 7 of their last 12 games.

“There are people around here that pronounced us dead a week ago,” MSU Basketball coach Tom Izzo said at his Monday press conference, whose No. 4 seeded Spartans (26-8) will take on the No. 13 Delaware Blue Hens (25-9) Thursday at 4:40 pm ET. “All of a sudden we went from the ugly duckling to the prom queen.”

And Izzo’s not kidding. Shortly after the brackets were announced, four CBS analysts picked Michigan State to reach the Final Four, followed by five ESPN analysts a few hours later who all picked Michigan State to be the eventual champions of the tournament.

In addition to this, of the the brackets submitted to ESPN’s Tournament Challenge thus far, 46.6 percent of them have the Spartans reaching the Final Four, third most among all teams (Florida: 62 percent, Arizona: 48.4 percent). But of the teams chosen to win the National Championship, the Spartans rank second in that regard, as 14.4 percent of brackets have them winning it all (Florida: 27.3 percent).

Add a Sports Illustrated cover featuring sophomore guard Gary Harris and former Spartan legend Mateen Cleaves to the mix, and the bandwagon literally can’t get fit any more people on it.

Sorry. I’m sure Cal Poly, Mercer and Wofford are still looking for folks though!

But on Wednesday, the MSU Basketball team received a little more attention, when President Barack Obama chose the Spartans to win it all over the Louisville Cardinals in this year’s championship game in Dallas.

“Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach,” Obama said during his “Barack-etology” special on SportsCenter Wednesday morning. “I’ve got Michigan State going all the way…He (Izzo) knows how to motivate folks and he knows how to coach. My pick: Michigan State. Bring it home for me. It’s been a while since I’ve won my pool.”

For those currently riding the Michigan State bandwagon (especially for those of which with the hope and dream of winning $1 billion), they’ll certainly be hoping Obama has picked the winner.


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