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This post was edited by MrWoodson 17 months ago
I'm not worried. He also tries a lot of different lines and different things early on in the season.
The team looking rough early on in the season has been going on for as long as Tom Izzo has been coaching there. I almost feel like some of it is on purpose. IE a guy will spot up sink a three and then you'll see Tom rip his head off for not running back fast enough to get on D. I think his MO is to put the fear of god in the players.
He's been at the same level as us for the last two years infact he's probably at a lower level winning only one out of 4 against us in that span.
Stealing Sparty's recruits and owning them on the field since 1898
What are the expectations for Friday night? Idk anything about UConn this year other than they have a new head coach.
they lost their key big men (Drummond and Oriakhi), but their guards are really, really good (Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatwright). On paper, Nix and Payne and possibly Costello should have some fun inside. I think we start with a win vs UConn and a loss vs Kansas, but i wouldn't be surprised with an 0-2 start as Izzo tinkers with the lineups and rotation alot in the beginning of the year.
I didn't realize you had Kansas coming up too. Didn't they lose a lot? The two twin big men (Robinson??) and another starter? And they are still ranked #7?
We play Kansas in the Champions Classic this year in Atlanta on Tuesday. They lost their two best players Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson, but they bring back Center Jeff Withey who i really like and a pretty good recruiting class.
I dont know what twin big men you're thinking of, maybe the Morris twins Marcus and Markieff? They left in 2011
This post was edited by Braintrust 17 months ago
Ha ... yeah I got the Morris twins mixed up with Robinson. Damn these years go by fast.
I watched one of IU's exhibition games tonight and am finishing up watching one of Iowa's. IU looks a lot like last year. Fantastic athletes playing at a fast pace. Yogi Ferrel (sp?) is really good. Cody Zeller in the middle. Multiple very good 3-pt shooters. But still not the greatest team on defense. As for Iowa, they look really good. Woodbury and White make a very good front court and they still have May. Marble is athletic and can shoot. White can shoot. Balsabe (?) is very athletic and McCabe is another solid contributor. Looks like the B10 might be tougher top to bottom than last year.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by MrWoodson 17 months ago
Hold the phone!
The I96 shooter in Wixom MI was a Spartan???
This post was edited by Due51 17 months ago
Losing their 4 in a row mantra was the straw that broke his back.
Is that REALLY something to be laughing about?
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Not at all. Which is why we're just the right people to do it.
So this thread is for serious business now?
I was bitching on the RCMB that you guys still had that Unabomber guy to hang over our heads. We need to try harder to out do you. I'd like to demand excellence from our nut jobs. I hate being number two.
In all seriousness thank god that idiot didn't kill anybody. Did you read any of his rants about the second amendment? What's more troubling is that you know there are other nuts out there waiting for the moment to lose it.
The election seems to have pushed a few people over the edge.
I don't think he will. We won't find out until Saturday, imo.
My wife tells me that some of her lifelong friends from high school and college were in bitter arguments on Facebook and have "unfriended" each other over it. She's telling me this and I'm trying not to laugh and they have the audacity to te us we're on this website too much arguing over foolishness.
Looks like he was experiencing the onsets of mental illness. You look at what Laughner and Holmes did thank goodness they caught this guy before anyone got killed.
Pretty good write up breaking down all of the players on the hoops teams.
Not a big fan of Payne taking more outside shots this year. Would love for him to camp out under the rim and work the post.
We got Trice and Harris who can shoot good. Why move Payne away from the basket?
Completely agree with this statement:
"SG/SF Russell Byrd, 6-7 sophomore: This team badly needs more outside shooting, and Byrd's shot is one of the purest Izzo has seen -- in practice. If he can hit a few and play some defense, he'll be a big help."
Joe Rexrode looks at the Michigan State roster, player by player:
Hmmmm lemme see. He was either a crummy shot or a giant coward AND he's a Spartan. . Yea, it really something we can laugh about
From what I saw, you look very solid on the defensive end. But you had a bunch of sloppy turnovers and struggled to break down St. Cloud St.'s defense. As someone above said, though, it was just one exhibition game.
Paging Braintrust, you seem like the go to guy for Spartan hoops in this thread.
What's your thoughts on Payne taking more outside shots and playing the power forward spot?
Seems like best line up is with Payne or Nix at center, Dawson small forward and then have either Byrd, Gauna or Costello fill in at power forward?
Two words came to mind after one practice display from then-Michigan State freshman Adreian Payne -- the dunks, the blocks, the three-point shots, the 7-foot-1 wing span. Kevin Garnett. Then games began and the reality of Payne's debut season of 2010-11 materialized -- the recently repaired shoulder, the lack of strength, the defensive miscues.
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