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I'm not as worried as I was last year to be honest. Beilein split with MSU last year and last year MSU was the better team with better players. I'm looking forward to seeing how the games turn out when Michigan has the same caliber of players (for the first time in a long time) as MSU.
I always thought Harris was the SG and Valentine the SF. I'd put Harris as better than Stauskus, though not by muhc.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
I think that Harris is a more complete player right now, but in terms of production they are very similar. Stauskas's role on Michigan is to put up 10-15 pts per game with around 6-10 shots. And he's really good at that.
Harris is the better athlete, that is clear from watching him. Right now, Stauskus might be the better basketball player. I can't see anybody complaining because someone puts Harris slightly ahead of Stauskus or having them as a push or having Stauskus slightly ahead of Harris. It matters on what you are looking for.
What has Beilein done in March?
Harris is better than Stauskus.
Yea, MSU's 2-4 guys are kind of muddled (in terms of positions, not #2-4 scorers or something like that). Dawson can play the 2, 3 or 4. Harris can play the 2 or 3. Valentine can play 1, 2, 3 or maybe the 4 for some stretches.
Part of MSU's struggles (from my perspective) have a lot to do with guys not having defined roles yet.
He will be. Right now it is a push, at best. For what Michigan runs and already has on the team for this year, give me Stauskus.
Does Dawson have the ball-handling to play the 2 or 3? He seems to lack the shooting range/touch also.
How tall is Valentine?
Valentine is 6'5, Dawson is 6'6, Harris is 6'4.
Dawson has awful ball handling and no shooting touch right now.
He almost #beatohio
Burke over appling
Harris over stauskas
Hardaway over valentine
Dawson over Robinson
Morgan over nix
Payne over vogrich at 6th man. Hell Payne over nix and Morgan. I wish he started
Nice. Michigan has size for the first time in years.
Stauskus is 6'6"
Hardaway is 6'6"
GR3 is 6'6"
The rotation the last couple of games is all 6'5" or taller, outside of PG.
Stauskas is SF and THJ is SG.
And I admit I haven't watched MSU this year except the KU game. I thought Harris was SG and Dawson was SF?
Last game for Michigan vs MSU in March.
MSU has a chance to redeem themself this year.
Ah, thank you. They are interchangeable really. Hardaway has more of an inside presence that a SF brings. Both are solid.
1. Take four different schools to the NCAA (including trips to Sweet 16 and Elite 8)
2. Win conference championships in four different leagues (B10, CAA, MAAC and MCC)
3. Win the NIT
4. Beat Tom Izzo (completing the sweep for the season)
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by MrWoodson 16 months ago
To each their own. I will take the inside/outside game Robinson brings over Dawson, and Robinson is a better rebounder. Dawson has the edge right now in defense. The bigs I grouped together and would take Morgan over Nix with the pick and roll Michigan runs. Payne over McGary right now, but that could change as McGary adapts to the speed of the game.
Vogrich isn't in the rotation, he has been passed by Levert. He is getting mop up duty now. Shows the talent and depth of Michigan this year compared to last year. Vogrich saw some meaningful minutes throughout the year, now he is a bench warmer.
They are very interchangable. I think when Stauskas was still the 6th man he came in for Timmy at SG, but since Levert's RS has been burned he is the one that is coming in for THJ, and Stauskas took Vogrich's starting spot. Still not the lineup I'd like to see.
Personally, I think this lineup would be awesome:
This post was edited by TAMUWolverine 16 months ago
I love the lineup of those 1st four mentioned and then one of Morgan/McGary/Horford. Each bring their own element to the team.
Joey Brackets says IU and UM both project as #1 seeds. And Spartan and Badger fans can exhale for now ... he does have MSU and Wisky in the tournament despite their lackluster resumes.
#1 - Indiana, Michigan
#2 - Ohio State
#3 - Minnesota
#4 - Illinois
#5 - Michigan State
#10 - Wisconsin
This post was edited by MrWoodson 16 months ago
By your logic Dantonio has been a better coach than Hoke. Looks like Hoke may have redeemed himself this year though.
MSU will be in the tournament, the only one that has any doubts is you.
Weren't you going on and on last week that MSU projected as a bubble team?
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