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When Mateen was hurt early in the year and Bell needed a sub, Izzo put 6'7" David Thomas out there. There were times I swear where it looked like our Center (Hutson) was the smallest player on the court.
Could you provide the corresponding minutes for each of those players?
Because there is no depth on this team. Gauna is alright for spot duty I suppose. I am saying we should use only six players if Trice is out. Gauna should be the next and only one after DV off the bench. This is all without Trice though.
And Twitter is telling me that Trice is good to go for Minnesota so it looks like we're fine
As I read all the criticisms (directly and indirectly) of players (19-21 years old) on this Board, I can't help wondering how all of the posters did in their careers/schooling this week. Let's see -- all of the student posters attended every class, paid attention every minute, and got 4.0s on every assignment/exam. And all of us posters who have jobs were perfect in our jobs and brought in huge $$ for our organizations. And all of us were really happy to accept constructive criticism from our colleagues and superiors. Yea, right!
"We'll be fine, because Jim is back at work and we don't have to rely on [fill in your favorite RCMB poster] to do the job." Or "[your favorite RCMB poster] is Ok to fill in for a few hours I guess, but we really need Mary back at work to do well."
I did great. Thanks for asking.
As far as constructive criticism...your post sucked.
I would have Costello in front of Gauna, fwiw. And they should keep playing, even if limited. So without Trice, the playing group is 9. So depth overall is not the problem. Its the backup POINT GUARD POSITION. And Valentine will get some time. Will he be able to handle it? I hope so. But this is the key position to all the key teams in the league. Would UM have a shot to beat Indy at the end of the game if Burke only plays 18 minutes? Who is their backup? Who does backup duty for Craft? Smith? Since Hulls blows, Crean is set with Yogi.
So the key to MSU.......right now(without Kearney who could share a few minutes at PG) is Denzel. If indeed Trice is going to sit.
If his heart wasn't in it I would rather have Byrd or Guana out there and more minutes for Valentine. Kearney is young, sometimes you make bad decisions when you are young.
Funny, Tom Izzo disagrees with your assessment that depth is not a problem for this team.
You're a douche. I am glad you are averaging just about one post per month.
I think you don't understand what depth actually means. Depth isn't having two players at every position for a total of ten guys. Depth is having quality players besides your starting five.
I don't get why Izzo doesn't just play his best five players 40 minutes each.
Funny, Tom Izzo probably disagrees with your assessment that if Trice is out, that Byrd (and not Valentine) might be the key to our conference title chances.
This post was edited by NigelUno 14 months ago
That is copied from titus's twitter page... Someone was alerting him that Byrd recorded a 7 trillion.
Bump. Big game tonight and if Trice doesn't play then we will see more of Byrd. You cannot expect to just go Appling, Harris, Dawson, and Valentine.
I like the fact that Byrd will be playing more of his natural postion. If we can effectively go inside out he should get a couple clean looks from 3. Hopefully he knocks a few down, More importantly, lets hope he can defend a little. I am rooting for this kid. Has to be a reason he was voted team captain.
is that a question? ..... just an observation.
I've held a dead child in my hands... And I can't make peace with Byrd deciding our fate...
Marriage is like flying with kids, if the flight had 500 connections, never ended, Ted Striker were your pilot and you ate the fish.
Not sure anyone is asking for perfection there chief.
Byrd is doing the equivalent getting an academic scholly then doing nothing but busting his ass on homework/classroom work and then getting a zero point zero GPA and flunking his exams. He even got his name wrong a couple times.
Right now, Byrd is beyond abysmal. That said, those who say there's no hope of him ever becoming a solid contributor obviously never followed the careers of A.J. Granger, Goran Suton, Travis Walton or Austin Thornton.
This team needs to finally blow someone out to get Byrd extended minutes and get him comfortable. Otherwise, he absolutely kills us in spot duty, clanking a 3, letting his man abuse him on D and turning it over.
Or Mojo or Dahlman... or wait that counters your argument...
Suton was pretty damn good, RIGHT AWAY, he was just inconsistent. Thornton... I mean COME ON he was the fringest of all walkon/scholarship types and did way more harm than good until the final 1/2 of of his 5th year.
Walton could always play D, and handle the rock, that was all we were told he could do coming in. Byrd can't even do the one thing that is/was his "calling card", and he's a turnover machine and turnstile on D.
Each player is his own man. Lateral quickness seems a real problem, but besides whatever is going on between his ears, which can obviously change, I don't see any reason he can't be a solid B1G player if his shot is pure. Physically he seems to be able to do pretty much everything Klein could.
Totally agree with your second point, but I have no GD idea when that will happen as our schedule has very few soft touches, and none of them @ home until the season is essentially over.
I know this has been argued ad nauseum, but Suton was not "pretty damn good" his first two years.
Depends on what you expected of him. He was a beast in Maui up to the point he missed the late bunny.
Yeah he was awful stats wise but made HUGE strides during his sophomore year...interestingly enough I believe Paul Davis was on the team his Freshman year.
So maybe it's more accurate to say the first year he saw significant playing time/wasn't behind one of the best bigs MSU has had in the last couple decades he was pretty damn good.
In any case the comparison of Suton to Byrd is a stretch I think.
Yeah I hate it when a 2nd year big man averages 9 pts, 7 boards a game and shoots over 50%.
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