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If they go zone they we need Payne to really step up. He can hit that free throw jumper they have to come out of it. Dawson can get the ball and get to the rim in hurry. Or we could use Valentine as a zone breaker. His vision would probably lead to some easy baskets for our bigs. Personally I don't think they will use much zone based on Payne being able to hit a jumper and Dawson' s athleticism. Man to man double our bigs live with the results. The key to the whole game is keeping Burke from collasping our defense and kicking it to open shooters.
"What is green and white and red all over? The Spartans pounding their chests after this bloodbath" -Mitch Albom 11/2/13
Great write up. MSU wins, 62-60.
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Losing the tip scares you.
"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
If Trice plays, just remember to cut above the ball screen. If he goes under, Burke or Timmy will be open for a 3 every time
Should be a great game. I personally think these teams are so even that both will win at home.
I expect us to split. They are a quality team. Should be some great games
Thanks for the post OP. I was thinking about starting a similar one yesterday, but realized I did not know enough about scum's team. The wisky/scum game was the only full game of theirs I have watched.
With that said, hope Trice can contribute, keep Appling fresh and out of foul trouble. I have wanted us to play a line up with Dawson, Payne, Harris, Valentine and Appling. Against a team like um I think this could be powerful, against zone or Man to Man, such athleticism.
Just win baby
Stauskas now is not the same as Stauskas earlier in the year. Hardaway is easily the bigger threat, and Harris needs to be on him.
This post was edited by arfabe16 14 months ago
I expect them to throw a zone at us more than they have anyone else this year. How much that will be, I don't know.
The thing is, Beilein does NOT like to have 2 of his bigs out there for very long. It really limits his offense, which focuses on the pick-and-roll and perimeter shooting. That means that if UM is playing man defense with its usual line-up, Stauskas or Robinson have to guard Payne, and that's just a monster mismatch in MSU's favor (Payne has a better chance at stopping either than they do at stopping Payne).
That leaves Beilein with little choice but to throw a zone at us. If we're cold from outside, they probably run us out of the building. But Harris, Appling, Trice, and Payne have all shown that their jumpers are for real, so I don't expect all 4 of them to be cold from outside.
They have to defend MSU, too.
Michigan, although no one is talking about this, is an average defensive team. Ohio State, who is no one's idea of a solid offensive basketball team, got any shot they wanted for nearly 40 minutes.
MSU could hang 75-80 on Michigan if the pace isn't crazy slow.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I'm really hoping UM tries to turn this into a track meet.
I am sorry to sound like a blind homer, but I will take App over burke, so long as he os hitting the three like he has been. Burke has been more consistent, but since the bloomington debacle App has been a monster, and there just is not a player that I would trade him for anywhere in the college game.
I guess what I am saying is that Appling is BETTER than Magic. Derp
oh yeah...and I think BJ will relish shutting his ass down: he will win that matchup IMO
Unlikely. They'll run when they can, but their best chance to win is to make MSU guard them and try to get Appling off the floor due to foul trouble.
What I'll be interested is to see is UM's mindset. They've had to get up for three very difficult games in a row.
1. @IU: Tons of hype, got down early, hung around, but lost the game clean. No shame in losing by 8 in Bloomington.
2. OSU @ Crisler: Frankly, OSU carried the play most of the game and Michigan was fortunate to win. Game really showed many of UM's defensive deficiencies. Can't be strong in every area, and that's Michigan's weakness.
3. @UW: Opposite of the OSU game. UM carried the play and got Bucky'd. Happens to everyone.
Now they have to get up for a very difficult game for a fourth straight time. Are they up to that? Will the rivalry be enough to get them going? These are kids, and it's still a young team. I would guess they'll be fine and we'll have a 40 minute war. But if MSU can somehow land the first punch, I'm not sure UM is going to be in the best space to respond. They ave been through a lot mentally.
This post was edited by rookmsu 14 months ago
well, this post pretty much sums it up: I'm not a bball expert, but I do believe this is mostly what he's done the last few years against us with his wimp ass 1-3-1 BS isn't it? Gotta shoot over it and then REBOUND any misses....as usual offensive rebounding will be huge.
no arguing Harris is a better defender than Dawson BUT I'm concerned about Gary's back. IF he's healthy enough, yeah he will draw him. If not, I expect to see Dawson on him and as I said...Dawson can keep him in check IMO
They just haven't looked all that good against the top if the BIG (so far, they're quite capable of beating all if them, especially with the crisler whistle) IMO. They should've lost the OSU game, it took an almost unheard of 3 point % and a combination of the refs ignoring the raking of Aaron Craft and Aaron Craft being a witless fool to snuff out a particularly 1 dimensional team.
Well worth my last upvote of the day.
Thank you, Denicos.
scum 4's and 5's are going to break the Breslin flop record that has been held by Wisky for a decade.
This post was edited by GRR Spartan 14 months ago
Just win baby.
If only we had kept Sherman...
Good point.. + b2b OT games.. Burke, Timmy, Stauskuas all played more than 80 minutes..
Could be tired legs
Nix and Payne need to do work. The poster that mentioned that we have had the advantage down low for the last few years but never seem to take advantage is spot on. The difference this year is the experience and maturity of Payne/Nix and more importantly, the three ball. The three ball is falling right now for App and Harris, and they will get plenty of open looks as they always do. Keep shooting the way they have been and we will own the paint. I just think that MSU is starting to find its groove, like they always do this time of year. Hold home court and go to aa playing with house money
No but harris is definitely better...
And I don't know about the bench. I'd say they're pretty even.
(no really, the analysis sounds pretty legit. Thanks for sharing it.)
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