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Only a 7 man rotation?
That is a small, but ridiculously athletic lineup.
I think that's the lineup we end up with too, especially since Izzo has been harping on the fast break for the last 2 months. If Payne were to start, it could be the most athletic lineup Izzo has ever had.
laconophilia is everywhere...
Haha, you know they haven't. How could an OL that has had as many injuries as MSU's come anywhere close to having reached it's potential?
Yes, though; were it to be true, it would be incredibly sad.
I think he's only talking about the starting lineup.
Our rotation will be 9-10 for the majority of the year, probably coming down to 8-9 for the tournament.
Costello should get some decent minutes. Byrd and Kearney probably will too. Gauna gets phased put, IMO
The Michigan/MSU games this year should be amazing. Both squads loaded with talent.
I'll say this about the defensive line. We lost a lot more last year, had more question marks coming into this year, and we still have a pretty good defensive line. It could be arrogance but this staff has proved they know how to coach the defensive line. I'm actually not that worried about it next year and I was probably the biggest pessimist here about our line's potential. We went into this year with ONE returning starter(who switched positions) and yet here with are with one of the best defenses in the big ten.
As far as the wide receivers go, we've had more success through the air these last two games than we've had all of this season(without Gardner at wide receiver) mainly because Gardner can actually make the routine throws look routine. So, although the receivers will probably be worse, I think the passing game will actually be better next year. We're 101st in the nation in passing at only 189 yards a game through the air. It doesn't get much worse. Again, I think it all comes back to the offensive line. Can they protect Gardner long enough to make the throws? Can they run block well enough to keep us multidimensional? Can they help the running backs get enough production to offset the loss of Denard's legs?
As the offensive line goes, so will the team to a certain extent. The defense should be pretty good (though MSU's should be better) but the offense has too many question marks to make any kind of guess about what it will be.
I can't picture Payne starting over Nix but I see those literally splitting the minutes.
Rexrode talked about how Dawson is perfect for PF. In the pros he's projected to be a SF but I guess PF are typically small in college.
I feel like Appling over at SG with Valentine running the point would be an incredible guard combo.
I read that we could go 11 deep during the year.
Rexrode mentioned that Byrd go come in for a few minutes at PF. We'll also see Gauna and Costello competing for minutes at PF.
I missed most of the UConn game, how did Kearney look? I saw he got six minutes and I saw he got a reb and an assist.
It would be, as long as Valentine picks it up defensively and limits the turnovers.
I think Valentine actually matches up best at SF on the defensive side. He isn't quick enough (defensively) to stick with faster guards, and has the bulk to match up with bigger players. What's great about this is that Harris probably matches up best against the PG/SG, defensively speaking.
Valentine's court vision is simply amazing. His peripheral vision absolutely reminds me of Magic, he simply needs to execute some of his passes better and learn when to hold off a bit.
They should be really good games, with a lot of really stupid, costly errors, with both teams relying pretty significantly on freshmen.
Should go 10-11 deep based on what I've read. I just put in the significant contributors.
I think Gauna has a ways to go, Byrd needs to find his shot and Costello is a frosh with a lot of upside from what I've read.
I'd be curious to see how Kearney has progressed. My feeling is he'll come off the bench and contribute with some solid d, rebounding and contribute a shot here and there.
I only watched the last 2 minutes of the UConn game but my take away of Valentine is that he wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line.
I feel like he will evolve into great leader on the floor.
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Torii Hunter is in town and reports are good that he will sign with the Tigers.
I think this will be a great pickup.
Not sure how I feel about Sanchez. I think signing him to that big of a contract sets a bad precedent esp when you have better pitchers in the rotation earning less. Not to mention I'm not that impressed with his regular season numbers.
I feel like getting a reliever that can come in and provide a solid 2 innings would do wonders for the Tigers bullpen.
100% agree. Would be a little disappointed if he isn't a captain by his junior year. Preferably next year, IMO.
Yep, that court will be loaded with kids dripping with talent.
Right Michigan is going with
PF : Robinson
Spike rotates in at PG to give Burke a breather. They had him on the court with Burke for a little bit last night also.
Stauskus rotates in SG or SF. That boy is money from the 3, no joke.
Horford and McGary rotate in at C. Morgan has moved to PF a few times when they come in giving Michigan a big lineup.
My 2 favorite lineups right now would be taking Vogrich out and inserting Stauskus or taking Vogrich out and inserting either McGary or Horford and bump Morgan to PF, Robinson to SF, and Hardaway to SG.
Nix/Payne C Morgan/McGary/Horford
Dawson PF Robinson
Valentine/Trice PG Burke
Appling SG Vogrich/Stauskus
Harris SF Hardaway
Push at C and PF. MSU advantage at SG. Michigan advantage at PG and SF.
I don't even know enough about your team to comment too much on the match ups, but my call out would be Dawson vs. Robinson. Are you sure on that?
Also, I would give MSU the edge in coaching.
Before the season started, I would have given the edge to Dawson. After seeing Robinson play so far this year, it is a push. Robinson is the real deal with an inside/outside game that Dawson can't match. He is 3 for 3 from the three-point line, can drive to the basket, has the size to rebound, and can jump out of the gym like Dawson. The one thing Dawson has on Robinson at this point is strength, but I like Robinson's overall game more from what I have seen.
Coaching, recent history says otherwise, but it is a whole new year.
If C is a push then MSU wins PF, and SF is a push.
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238 yards on the ground, 5.5 YPC and 0 sacks given up? Sign me up
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Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Do any MSU fans expect MSU to beat Kansas tonight? I decided a few seasons ago that I wouldn't get emotionally invested in an MSU bball game until after the Spartans play in their bowl game; just seems that every year the team looks like it forgot to play bball over the summer . . . but usually rounds into shape by late December/early Jan. Just don't see the point in getting worked up over these non-conf. games. I'd like to see them knock off Miami in the Big 10 ACC challenge, but MSU hasn't been a good early season team in forever.
Only way MSU wins tonight is if Dawson/Payne/Nix combine for 35+ rebounds.
Is that your starting lineup right now, or what you expect it to be towards B1G season? I haven't seen Michigan start (caught the 2nd half of IUPUI last night), but i though McGary would start at the 4, GR3 at the 3, and Hardaway at the 2. GR3 would be a matchup nightmare at the 4.
I'd reserve that judgement until you see him against better competition. I think it's too soon to say some one is better than Dawson based on playing cup cake teams...so far Dawson has looked great to me and if we are going off of what one has done against cup cakes Dawson had a jam from the ft line that looked like a Michael Jordan dunk.
Guy is an amazing athlete.
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