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MSU wins in an ugly game. Crean wants a "pretty" game.
I fully expect a win @Purdue, I don't put that game anywhere near the level that I put @IU, @UM or @OSU
I think Nix can handle Zeller just fine. Payne will be on Watford who disappears. Olidipo can only guard 1 of Appling, Dawson and Harris which leaves the other 2 being guarded by Yogi and Hulls. I will take that all day long. Olidipo will probably be on Appling. That means Dawson and Harris have clear advantages that I expect them to take advantage of. I see Payne, Dawson and Harris having big games. I see Appling shutting Hulls down. If we challenge the rest of their jump shooters on the perimeter, game on. I automatically put this game in the loss column earlier in the season. We match up really well with IU. I know they play more players, but in a close game, they will not be going too deep into that bench they already have 1 home loss.
Blah blah blah...
Forks DOWN bitches!
Biggest worries for me are Watford and Home Depot. Watford is streaky, but when he's on, he can sink just about anybody (ask that loaded UK team from last year). Payne will have to guard him well from deep. Don't know if we have an answer for Home Depot; not fair for a guy that athletic to be shooting 50% from deep (although he doesn't take very many). Gotta think Dawson draws him; if they play even, I'll be very happy. And of course we absolutely cannot let Hulls get going; he's their Energizer Bunny and Appling has to deny him the ball at all times.
On the other end, we need to make Zeller work and possibly get in foul trouble (highly unlikely at home, but still). IU has no post depth at all; if Zeller is tired or on the bench, Nix and Payne should feast. And we have to exploit the Hulls-Harris matchup. Would love to see Gary go off in front of the home crowd.
This game will either be a blowout in favor of IU or a very tightly contested game, where I think toughness and coaching would favor us. Looking forward to it.
If they lose their next two home games the Indiana win still means the same. The Indiana game and the games after are totally mutually exclusive events and have nothing to do with each other.
You fail at logic.
Congrats, most ridiculous post of the year so far.
MSU will win another hard fought game.
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
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