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I am going to go with a 7. Fairly confident. OSUs offense is worse than ours. If MSU plays decent they should win.
6-7 range - for the same reasons you said. I don't think they have anyone to guard Dawson or Payne. MSU needs to D-up though.
7.5 We seems to play them very well every year. I'm sure Izzo and staff will have a solid defensive game plan to limit Thomas and force others to beat them, though it hasn't happened yet this year. Could really use a good 6th man in the Izzone
If Payne stays in beast mode, 9.
Ten. I'm sure that MSU protects homecourt, I'm fired up.
This. Beat me to it.
"Stats are for Losers." - Pat "Nardawg" Narduzzi
I am going to go with 9. It's Thomas and them dudes on offense. Thomas will get his. I expect Payne to go off like he always does against OSU. Creating easy shots for our offense is vital. Trice, Appling and Valentine go to work.
8. Very hard to win on the road in the B1G. The vadger win was impressive @ IU.
I came into this thread ready to post my "2-3," and was floored by the optimism in here. Am I on the right board?
OSU is nothing special, I really think MSU will be able to abuse them down low and contain Thomas. what else could you want?
What else could I want? Better shooting, higher free-throw percentage, fewer turnovers, depth, better team chemistry, leadership, fewer missed assignments on defense, and a REAL home court advantage. Maybe I'm just greedy.
About a 5. OSU's defense concerns me.
9. For some reason I think we'll play like the team that beat Kansas. And I really like how Payne has turned his game up a notch.
I think it's actually one of our easier remaining games. Izzo usually finds a way to take away a teams top scorer. There isn't much offense there after Thomas. If a road game I would say 4-5, but at home I say 8-9.
7. In watching the games I agree leadership is the one area the team is lacking. All players will have bad nights but the ability to lead the team should never disappear. This is not a dig on Appling, but the silent leadership thing does not work with young players. This team needs a vocal leader.
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7-8. Once UM stopped turning the ball over to OSU, the Buckeye offense looked horrible. I say we force them into a half-court game and lock down on Thomas. Payne always steps his game up against OSU.
I love lamp.
OSU has tons of extremely talented pieces but doesn't play like a team. Really need(ed) Kearney to help check all their swingmen.
Very uneasy about this team because... we've played like dog shit for huge stretches vs crap teams and Needed Payne to go buck wild to beat Neb and PSU. The perimeter D was also dogshit vs PSU.
I'm calling this a 5.5. 6.5 if the students are REALLY bringing it. Craft is going to make Appling miserable (and vice versa), and Williams is the first guy (maybe besides Hammonds from Purdue) in a while than can really match up athletically / length-wise with Payne. Nix can't push around Ravenel... Do you really see a huge advantage among the wings for us? Who in the hell deals with Thomas? I guess Dawson... Thomas and Day Day played pretty much even ball last year, and we don't have Day Day, or really any true 4 men last time I checked.
It really just comes down to us taking care of the ball, us being decent from 3, and them not getting hot from 3.
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OSU does have talented players. None of them can shoot the ball away from the basket consistently but Thomas. Ross is their next capable scorer because he can create for himself. He could not play against scUM because he can't defend Hardaway or GRobIII.
I've watched OSU come completely unglued on the road against Illinois, a team that is just not very good. I watched them against Michigan and I watched them against Kansas too. When they face a team with good big men, they can't handle it. MSU has two good big men, one of which is on fire right now. Appling vs Craft is a match up that I like, I think Harris wins the matchup with Lenzelle Smith, if Payne can outplay deshawn thomas, which is possible, I could see this game being VERY winnable. Just my two cents.
Not this year. Looking at Uconn, KU, BSU, Miami, Texas, Minn, Purdue, Neb, and PSU, the top scorers have all been in double figures. The best job MSU's D hasdone against a top scorer is holding McElmore (KU) to 14, nearly three points below his average. Napier (UCONN), Marks (BSU), Hollins (Minn) and Newbill (PSU) all went for 20+ against MSU.
Thomas is going to get his Saturday, but hopefully it takes him a lot of shots to get there.
I don't expect much from my Buckeyes on the road. They don't have a go to inside threat, and if Thomas is off it creates two problems 1) He's the barometer for our teams confidence 2) He'll keep shooting and go 3-18...
The Bucks are very athletic, have a lot of talent but are a team of individuals that if they get rattled abandon the offense and start firing up 3's.
If in Columbus, I think Bucks win a close one. In East LA I think you'll get this one by 7.
In the last 2 games vs OSU, he's had 8 and 6 points. Is that considered going off?
He did have 15 in the first meeting last year and did have 10 (tied for season high) in the only meeting as a freshman, so he has had 2 good games against them.
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