Izzo vs. Pitino is marquee matchup

I am really looking forward to the Michigan State-Louisville showdown. It features two of the best coaches in America, future Hall of Famers Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino.

Of course, I am talking about two paisans, so there will be a lot of rigatoni and linguine for this one!

These guys have each won a national championship and they would love to eventually add to the trophy case. It is an epic match-up for the Sweet 16. I said all along that we would have some Goliaths doing battle, and there are eight coaches in this year's Sweet 16 that have coached in the Final Four before.

Izzo and Pitino know how to motivate their players. When their kids walk into the locker room, the player's eyes light up because they know how good the coaches are. They inspire, communicate, teach and coach Xs and Os.

Players have so much respect from what they learn from these guys. They are brilliant strategists.

It is also good to have talent on your roster, which shows that both coaches can flat-out recruit.

In this match-up, one big question is simple. Can Louisville contain the multi-faceted skills of All-Solid Gold performer Draymond Green? Louisville will have to find a way to contain him.

All Green did against Saint Louis was score 19 points, grab 13 rebounds and dish out six assists. The Spartans shot 54.3 percent from the floor in the win.

The Cardinals have won six straight games and are healthy now. That has not happened often this season as Pitino has done a magic act with his team looking more like a M*A*S*H unit at times.

Peyton Siva is the catalyst who makes things happen. He will have to come up big in this contest. He goes against a Spartan backcourt which includes Keith Appling, who had a big 19 points against the Billikens.

This should be a Maalox Masher. The winner will be the team which is more effective on offense. Shot selection will be vital in this contest and I would not be shocked to see this go down to the wire.

One thing is for sure. Both Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino will have their teams prepared for this one.