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Do any of the above match-ups bother anyone? Sulaimon is probably their best player. Kelly is a load when he's on (and he will certainly score more than 1 pt this Friday). However, it's hard to look at the starting 5 and not like MSU.
This hasn't always been the case when we've played Duke, but the Spartans should handle them Friday.
My biggest concern is Curry. That kid can drop 25 points easy if he's hitting.
The first time MSU basketball aired in France the French surrendered to Tom Izzo just to be safe.
I think that is less of a concern with harris guarding him. Not saying he is going to shut him down but he is not going to be shooting open jumpers all game.
Our perimeter D has looked damn good the last few weeks. Last 4 games, teams have been 28-125 (22.4%) from the 3. Players aren't getting very many open looks from the arc. During the middle of the season, we seemed to struggle with help D. Guys would regularly get abandoned and left with an open shot. I have faith in our D to keep Curry from shooting the lights out.
the problem of late has been pick and roll defense. That is my biggest area of concern going into this game
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Who wins this matchup?
Gotta pound them inside. Kelly & Plumlee were both in foul trouble all day against Creighton. think that's a big advantage for us
Anyone think they'll call up DayDay for tips on how to guard a Curry?
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Agreed but that could just as easily be us in foul trouble depending who the refs are favoring with the quick whistles...
Dawson vs Sulaimon will be a big key. I think Dawson should have the clear physical advantage. If he uses it will be up to him.
"What is green and white and red all over? The Spartans pounding their chests after this bloodbath" -Mitch Albom 11/2/13
Just like always, Duke is incredibly balanced and anyone on the court can make you pay. If you make a mental mistake (which we make a lot of), they will make you pay. It's been their formula going back to the 1990s. They aren't gonna take a lot of chances. They aren't going to try to run you out of the gym.
They are going to be very high pressure on your backcourt and try to make them turn it over, they are going to execute everything flawlessly.
Beating Duke always means not beating yourself. For us, that is interesting because our team has been prone to some boneheaded plays. We're going to need to clean that up
He will as every guard does this to Msu
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But the refs wont allow them to foul out.
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Did you see the Creighton game?
Yes, they both got a ton of fouls early and then the refs had Duke in the bonus 4 mins into the second half. On top of that, blatant fouls by Plumlee were given to Curry or someone else within a 7 foot radius of the play.
Nothing about Duke outright "scares" me as I think we're comparable in 1-on-1 match-ups, but what does scare me is MSU's inconsistency defending the high ball screens this season.
A Plumlee screen on Harris (guarding Curry) forces Nix to hedge on Curry while Harris recovers. The younger Curry is a great shooter, obviously, so Harris will need to recover quickly. He'll also need weakside help from either Appling/Dawson on the wing in case Curry gets the lane on Nix. Payne will have to be sagging in the middle to swat away the pass to Plumlee (who will always be rolling to the hoop). Izzo is right when he says guarding the ball screen will be a 4-person or even 5-person job on defense.
Honestly, I expect to see a bit of Costello in the game to guard Plumlee, mainly because he's our best pick and roll defender. He also has the body and length to bother Plumlee.
"Tonight, we show the world what this program is made of!" -- Brian Ellerbe on Mar 4, 2000, the night of scUM's 51-point loss to MSU.
Seth and Stephen Curry are almost completely different players. For one, Steph is about an inch taller, much quicker and has a snap-release on his jumpshot.
Seth Curry is more methodical and leaps about a foot on his jumper. His release is good, but his full shooting motion is very slow. I like Harris on Curry because he has two inches, quickness and more time to recover on Curry's jumper (because of that slow shooting motion)
Their 3 point shooting is what scares me. I do think we have one of the better perimeter defenses in the country with App, G and BJ though.
AP is going to have to step up on Kelly.
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