March 22, 2009 by kj
Spartans vs. Trojans. Prepare for battle.
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Wisconson lost, so it’s just us and Purdue left to defend the Big Ten’s honor.
USC-side preview linked below. They think USC matches up well with us.
D looks good so far, aside from the stupid foul on Lucas on the desperation heave.
Floyd showing us the box-and-one on Lucas already.
Definitely the first time anyone’s run a box and one against us this season. Need to get Suton into the middle of the box.
Good to see Summers hit one early. If we can get a couple of perimeter threats going it will make the wacky defenses less effective.
I know Suton can make threes every now and then, but I still don’t think he should be taking them. We need him down low going after rebounds and hopefully getting Gibson in foul trouble.
I like the defense intensity early. Getting a lot of hands on the ball when they try to get it into the lane. Suton’s defense on Gibson is impeccable.
Summers again. Floyd might want to switch the second man in the triangle-and-two from Allen to him.
Suton should not be stuck out on the perimeter looking for three-point shots. Get him down low!
Roe has not had a good tourney so far.
Two fouls on Gibson now. That could be important.
I have Summers with 6 rebounds so far, just what we need with their huge guards.
Travis Walton is on fire!
Walton’s been huge so far. 10 points, making USC pay for doubling our other guards.
Gibson’s line at the half: 0 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks. Suton has been an absolute beast on him so far.
The height advantage is really causing problems for us. I hope we have the offensive firepower to keep up. It’s been a while since we scored over 80 points, which is what we may need.
It’s been a while since we’ve played a game at a pace conducive to hitting 80, too. At the rate this is going, it’ll be our fastest-paced game since playing Alcorn State.
36 possessions in the first half. Pace has been faster than predicted.
Positive: Perimeter shooting is opening things up for on offense.
Negative: Turnovers from trying to pass on the interior vs. their athletes.
9 fouls on both teams. Need to give the ball to Suton against Gibson (2 fouls) a couple times to start the second half.
Fatigue hopefully will become a problem for USC in the 2nd half. Watching the BC/USC game last night, Taj was an absolute machine. Great defense.
Other halftime scores: Missouri up 46-35 on Marquette, Louisville 42-35 over Siena.
Ugly start. Two quick fouls on Suton, giving him three for the game.
What is the score?
Ugh. Baseline ref says no foul, the guy out at halfcourt overrules him for no apparent reason. Thanks a lot.
Down 4, with three fouls on us and none on USC already.
This is getting ridiculous. These refs are suddenly out of control.
Three on Gibson now.
Wretched officiating. Amazing.
I don’t like this.
Non-Walton MSU players now shooting 4-17 inside the arc.
Didn’t feel good that we were only up by 3 at halftime, give that we’d played pretty well in the first half.
Now, I feel good that we’re only down by 3, given how badly we’ve played to start the half.
I don’t feel like the other team is getting tired as quick as they should be.
Zero unassisted baskets so far. That’s crazy.
Here we go! Needed a run like that.
Okay maybe now I do.
KLIsoF that he didn’t get the and-one.
Elsewhere, Marquette making a game of it suddenly – cut Missouri’s lead to 5, with two free throws coming.
Whoa! Three solid buckets capped of by a Lucas special.
Four on Gibson!
52-49 good guys, skp.
Washington with four fouls for USC too, now. That could flip the size situation inside.
Four on Morgan?
According to the boxscore on CBS Sports, that’s four on Morgan too, but I’m not sure. I don’t remember him picking up his third.
The box score can be found here, skp:
Morgan is a non-factor today… hope our outside shooting carries us.
Suton’s settling for too many outside shots. He needs to get in the paint, or at least get the ball to someone who can make those shots today.
There’s #4 on Suton.
This is it, men. The moments of truth.
Can’t afford to miss free throws. Two consecutive 1-for-2 trips.
come on, roe… let’s make two free throws…
morgan and suton are m.i.a.
I would like to see Izzo use a 2-3 zone. It’s been a while since they hit an outside shot. All their points are from dribble penetration and free throws.
Another 1-for-2 trip. Not sure a point per possession is going to be enough.
Gibson back in.
Never mind. Gibson just fouled out on a rebound.
Just 6 for the last 10 from the line. Doesn’t help that it’s been all Roe and Green, but we need to do better than that.
Marquette has taken the lead on Mizzou with ~4 minutes left (bad news for my bracket, as I have Mizzou in the Final Four), and Siena’s tied it up against Louisville.
Play of the game (so far): Draymond Green boxing out Taj Gibson, leading to Gibson’s 5th foul.
I don’t know. Even with Walton playing out of his mind and Gibson fouling out, I still don’t feel good.
Where’s Lucas’s guard play? Driving to the hole?
We just look sloppy.
I only hope walton stays hot to the end of game.
Ughh! T’over when we had a chance to start creating some separation…
Dunno what it is with the late games having all the drama, but it’s been true the last three days.
Well, that was frenetic.
how many times do they get to foul lucas?
never mind. that call works.
Suton draws a foul. To the line for two.
Hits both. Four-point game.
41 seconds from the sweet 16.
That’s game, baby. Good deal.
darn sloppiest number 2 team…
Too many heart attack games at once. But all that matters is surviving, and it’s looking likely (knock on wood) that we will.
Indy, here we come!
USC sure didn’t play with much urgency at the end. Floyd should have had the team foul with 40 seconds left–or at least pressure the ball. Seemed to give up.
Oh, and WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
DANCE OF JOY TIME.
Ouch. Marquette inbounding after two made free throws by Mizzou, and the inbounder stepped in. That’s going to be costly.
The only non-chalk teams in the Sweet 16 are going to be Purdue and Arizona. Makes for a kind of dull first weekend (even though a lot of the games were decent), but the second weekend should have a lot of incredible games.
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