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Lost to Neb by 2.
248th in rebounds per game (how does that happen?).
6th in the nation in FG%.
Lost to Oakland.
70th in points per game.
This is not a giant killer. This is a team we should, on an average night, beat.
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Love to see that they aren't strong on the boards. Apparently a good shooting team, but if we take clean up on the glass and don't give them easy looks then I agree they aren't giant killers.
Looking at their schedule, however, they went to New Mexico, not an easy place to play and a good team, and lost by 13. They were only down 4 at the half too, so definitely a team that could be capable of pulling off an upset if we come out lackadaisical.
I read that Valpo is the oldest team in the nation. 9 upperclassmen, and 5 seniors.
Wow, they do indeed have 9 upperclassmen. And every single one of them averages at least 15 minutes a game.
Do these upperclassmen have NCAA tourney experience? If not, it doesn't really matter
Perhaps not, but conference tourney experience certainly helps, as well as playing against a variety of styles in your career.
I guess all the teams with players that don't have NCAA tourney experience should just forfeit now. And any team that has won in the past without tourney experience should negate their win/s as well.
I'd say the conference tournaments are a little bit different than NCAA. You play against teams you know very well. But, the fact that the starting lineup is all seniors helps them still, and teams with no expectations and nothing to lose can be dangerous. Playing in Auburn Hills will be a big help. MSU can't look past anyone this year.
What's the deal with Ryan Broekhoff? They seem to be really proud of him.
LIU gave us trouble last year so I'm not going to get to cocky. That rebounding # is encouraging though
Agree. I see Dawson, Payne, etc. getting a lot of put-back points.
Reading into it too much. A small school that has doesn't have any players who has been in the tourney whether mostly seniors or not, they will find out its a difffent animal than their usual conference season and tourney. Yes, upperclassmen have the maturity level that can handle adversity better but can they deal with all the extra media and other outside distractions when never faced opposed those who has been there done that.
Saying a team's experience is an advantage when in all actuality all the players are experiencing something new. Is it really an advantage?
How can that be? I'm 45 years old.
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It is ALWAYS a great day to be a Spartan!!!!
248th in rebounding and the guy from SI picks them to beat US? Alrighty then
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Their guards aren't very good. They don't fit the profile of the teams that give MSU trouble this season.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
van wijk and capobianco have size that could force alot of outside shooting. i've watched them twice this year and they have gone into second half slumps and given up huge first-half leads (both games were at Valpo).
Saw them play Detroit a few times....they are a little defensively challenged in my opinion. They terrible on the glass. But they can shoot.
Saw them get cold, and give up 58 points in a half to UDM at home....Detroit's forwards destroyed them on the glass and got a lot of garbage baskets. Hitting 11 3's was the only thing keeping it close.
Saw them beat Detroit at home 89-88 in regulation. They were better on the glass, but Detroit shot better then them. Detroit missed a lot of FT's in that game if I remember correctly.
Check the Valpo PG's, and they'll give the ball up. However, they kept McCallum from scoring a lot in both game...he was free to dish though, and in both games Minnerath had his way down low. (Minnerath compares to Payne). I don't think Ray Jr. was looking to score because the Forwards (and Castille, his SG) were so wide open. He did have 15 points to go along with his 6 assists in the second game at Valpo. (6 points, 8 assists in the 1 point loss)
This isn't a vintage Valpo team...I don't think they'll pose much of a challenge against this MSU team in AH from what I've seen of them. The Horizon league was down and I think they got a bit lucky in a few games. Their non-con was terrible. Lost to Nebraska, St. Louis, New Mexico, and Oakland (probably the best 4 teams they played...including Nebraska and Oakland into that.)
This post was edited by RPMadMSU 13 months ago
They had to hit a couple of circus shots to win their conference tourney, which had its final in their own gym.
Thanks for the write-up. I also know Valpo is a media darling when they are good, the type of Cinderella story they love writing about, and I've hardly heard a peep form them.
"Broekhoff averages 15.9 points per game, and the 6-foot-7 senior is at 43 percent from 3-point range. That may be the best way for him to score against the Spartans — rather than try to bang inside against Payne and 6-foot-9, 270-pound Derrick Nix.
It was Broekhoff’s desperation 3-pointer as time expired that enabled Valpo to avoid elimination against Green Bay in the Horizon semifinals."
Another 6'7 power forward that can hit the 3.
Ryan Broekhoff and Kevin Van Wijk were all-league selections and LaVonte Dority was named the league's sixth man of the year and Erik Buggs was named all-league defensive player.
They won the champ game despite scoring 6 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half and committing 25 turnovers.
Minnerath was very good in the game at Valpo. If we get that type of productivity (10-16 shooting) from Nix or Payne, we should win.
I'm concerned about the number of 3s the Crusaders will try.
H2H v. Minnerath/Anderson of UDM this season (again Minnerath's game compares closely to Payne's Anderson Compares Dawson. UDM used both of them on Broekhoff at times. ) Broekhoff is their best player....and it's not even close.
Game One: @ UDM
Broekhoff: 18 points, 9 Reb, 4-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt. 2 blocks, 2 TO's 2 Fouls.
Minnerath: 36 points, 4 Reb, 12-17 FG, 4-7 3pt, 0 blocks, 0 TO, 3 Fouls
Anderson: 17 points, 4 Reb 8-11 FG's, 0-1 3pt., 1 block 1 TO, 1 foul
Broekhoff could not defend Minnerath on the post, or at the 3pt. arch at all. His best defense v. Anderson's drives were the 2 fouls he finally gave (Anderson ended up 1-4 from the line) All Anderson's points were driving at/around Broekhoff
Game Two @ Valpo:
Broekhoff: 10 points, 4 Reb 3-10 FG's, 2-7 3 points, 1 block, 2 TO's, 3PF
Minnerath: 21 points, 5 Reb, 1-1 3pts., 0 blocks, 1 TO, 4PF
Anderson: 8 points, 3 Reb, 4-6 FG, 0-0 3points, 0 blocks, 3 TO, 0PF
Borekhoff started on Anderson early, and he drove around him a few times and it frustrated him, so they switched him off to Minnerath who didn't even try to shoot 3's over him. Just took him down low and went over him on the post. They really had their way with him on the post...near the end they had him on SG Castille...who shot the 3 over him a few times. His defense frustrated his O in that game in my opinion. Wasn't even looking for shots at times.
I was checking out their forum and they believe their guards matchup very well with ours.
They tried 655 on the season and hit 246 as a team for 37.5 %. Yeah, Broekhoff (82/190 - 43%) had a good percentage, but the rest of the team was pretty poor.
Wisconsin (252/754) and Nothwestern jack up more and hit at a slightly lower rate.
Michigan is close (247/645) 38.3 %.
Valpo has gotten frustrated way to many times when teams drive or play a post game...they let it affect their shooting in my opinion.
Can't see that. If Harris is close to healthy, they have no one to check him.
They sound like a 3-point shooting team that we need to guard strongly on the perimeter.
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