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123 of the 200 minutes were played by freshman and sophomores for MSU. (Only Appling, Nix and Payne are upperclassmen that played)
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by mopete12 20 months ago
I know this is hard for you, but not jumping off a bridge over a loss and accepting that we have some growing up to do does not make one a "sunshine blower." you can't expect a team playing two freshmen and five sophomores to be fully formed in early November. And UConn does have half a dozen guys that won a national title two years ago. They aren't chopped liver. No one is happy we lost....well, except Tanfan...but most normal people are able to see that there were some definite positives to be gleaned from tonight while acknowledging that some guys have shit to work on - Nix in particular.
You can't deny that Dawson looks like a superstar ready to take over, Harris showed flashes, and Valentine was very impressive in his first game. Those are good things. A loss doesn't render every second played by each guy a failure. There are good things and bad things to take away, but in the end this game is really pretty meaningless, it was a fantastic experience for a group of college kids that got a free trip to Europe, we provided a nice evening for our troops, and as always, come March there will be lessons to draw on in crunch time when it counts. The so-called SBs you are so tired of are merely rational adults who don't base their happiness on a game. Frankly, we're all beyond tired of assholes like you ripping on MSU athletes and declaring the sky has fallen 10 minutes into the season. Have a little faith and patience. You sound like an unhinged fool.
Wanting to win means you play like you want to win for the entire god damn game. More often than not, you end up winning, especially when you're talented. Every coach, including Izzo would tell you that.
Why is that so hard for you to understand?
This team did not play the entire game like they wanted to win.
I stand by that statement and I'm pretty god damn sure there are plenty of people who understand what I am saying and agree.
Look, they are not ranked and not in the others receiving votes category. They are not supposed to be good. Two guards and nobody else. Our bigs were supposed to dominate, a junior and senior at that. I don't know how else you can spin this.
I blame this loss on whoever started this thread.
I didn't watch. Anything interesting happen in this game?
Sparty > Walverines
Quit saying 2 guards and nobody else. 4 of those 8 guys were on the national championship team and Boatright and Daniels are good players. MSU is a better team, but like Boozhoo posted (and you ignored), MSU is a very young team. They didn't look great their first game of the year. Not that big of a surprise. Preseason rankings sure mean a lot, really hurt the UCONN national championship team...
And guess what? They are pretty good. We weren't supposed to be great last year and look what happened. We were supposed to be amazing two years ago and look what happened.
Pre-season rankings are horse shit and that's that
You need to explain the play of MSU bigs. Don't give me any bullshit about UCONN being underrated down low.
This shit happens every year. Everyone chill the fuck out.
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
I agree we will be fine. I don't really understand the mentality of not caring about OOC games though.
Boatwright and Napier and Daniels were the only experienced UConn players. You see how that worked out? Which inexperienced players will play the best? UConn's inexperienced players out played ours. Their experienced players out played ours.
First game for players like Harris and Valentine. They will improve. Valentine had a rough final five minutes...but he can pass very well. Izzo left those two out there in crunch time so that says something.
I do not think it's that they do not care. UConn did not play that many people. Izzo tried to play10 players. It did not work.
We have one experienced guard. Dawson missing about his first 5 bunnies didn't help.
BTW where is the guy who predicted earlier in the week that Nix would dominate ?
They think Trice may have a concussion.
Not the players, but the fans.
I am also very disappointed that we don't see much improvement from the bigs - This is not new its been going on for years.
It was a combination of things. Nix missed about 10 easy points in the paint by putting the ball on the floor getting it stolen, he was tied up twice. Valentine gave him the perfect out of bounds pass during the last 3 minutes and he did nothing with it. Nix needs to man up in the paint as far as scoring.
I did not think he would continue to turn the ball over. He left at least 10-12 points in the paint getting tied up and turning the ball over.
Explain why MSU bigs, a junior and a senior, one being a 5-star, had seemingly no advantage over UCONN bigs. The bigger picture with MSU bigs, is it poor recruiting or poor coaching of the bigs?? Again this is nothing new.
Some of the MSU fanbase is just scary.
The moment is eternal
UConn played a 6'9 and a 6'8 player. Both were under 225 pounds. Starting Nix and Payne was not a good idea. Nix could not stay with the lighter 6'.9 dude and Payne could not stay with the quicker 6'8 dude. Then Izzo bought Byrd in to play that 6'8 dude, he got torched. I was surprised Izzo started Payne and Nix against their smaller faster team. We got back in the game with Nix and 4 guards. Basketball is still a game of matchups. Izzo had no clear advantage playing Nix and Payne together.
Haters gonna hate!
You know, this actually would have been relevant in the first half.
"It's disappointing," Izzo said. "I guess I've got to do a better job of making everybody realize that you've got to come to win, too."
Shocking that Coach Izzo agrees with me.
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