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Indiana University vs Michigan State Pre-Game Thread

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Always look forward when Sparty comes calling. Obviously Winston drives their entire ship. Very curious what we'll do in terms of match ups. Do we just keep rotating fresh on him or let Rob (our best on ball defender) take on the challenge? Or maybe we start with Rob and let Franklin come in and wear him down? 

Admittedly I don't know how deep they are. Not sure yet the best way to tackle them. Will have to see what they've doing in the coming days.

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I don't care to say it: I don't have the first damn clue about how this game will turn out.  This season in general and this team specifically have been absolute insanity. 

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5 minutes ago, Zlinedavid said:

I don't care to say it: I don't have the first damn clue about how this game will turn out.  This season in general and this team specifically have been absolute insanity. 

I agree. And, the funny thing is, I think the vast majority of fan bases, of pretty much all schools, must feel this way. 
 

The parity, certainly in our conference, and in the national landscape of basketball this year, is insanity!

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House will be rocking for sure. Students back and a chance to move up in the B1G standings and put us 1 game back of Sparty.

We’re worried about Winston but how will they handle the Davis-Brunk combo 

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Students being back is huge for sure.

On the flip side, Sparty will remember we swept them last year and will bring their A game for sure.

Izzo whining to the refs ... 

What adjustments will CAM make? Hope to see more of Hunter and Franklin.

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Feels like we always play MSU on a weekend so it feels odd playing them during the week this time.  I think we will compete really well with them but I see MSU pulling this one out but I hope I am wrong.

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Our chances of winning increase exponentially if we can constantly harass Winston. PU did a good job of that.

Once he passes the ball, don't let him get it back. Then fill the passing lanes.

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I don’t have a clue either. My best guess is to keep fresh legs in front of him and wear him down if that’s possible. Again we need your shooters to show up. Do I sound like Mr. Obvious! 

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I'm not knowledgeable in basketball's technical aspects, but I have the feeling that Archie's IU teams fare better against Izzo's MSU. I have a good amount of confidence in this game. We'll have a guaranteed great home crowd. This year's MSU is not really better than last year's, which is also a great thing about Izzo and his consistency. I think even without Romeo and Juwan, this year's IU team is better than last year's simply because Archie seems to have righted the ship. 

I expect we'd beat them by 10. 

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This is stupid, but I’d feel better about this game if we hadn’t beaten them twice last year. I think how we start will be huge. If we can put them on their heels immediately and get the crowd rocking, I like our chances.

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1 hour ago, Hoosierhoopster said:

Students being back is huge for sure.

On the flip side, Sparty will remember we swept them last year and will bring their A game for sure.

Izzo whining to the refs ... 

What adjustments will CAM make? Hope to see more of Hunter and Franklin.

No way

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I think we pull this off. Big confidence based on last years results. Guys realize how big this is and come to play. I think pulling out the Nebraska win even after a scoring drought gives confidence. 
Book the W!!

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It'll be interesting to see how we guard Tillman. With Nick Ward gone, MSU doesn't have a great post up player. Tillman goes in there some, but they move him around...and he will shoot the 3...

I'm guessing it'll be Joey on Tillman, with Justin on Henry, and TJD on Gabe Brown. And of course, the one we have to control to win...Winston vs Phinisee...and when Rob's not out there Devonte...

 

He'll eat Durham or Franklin alive if we try that, I think...Durham's not strong enough and Armaan's not experienced enough to handle Cassius...

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57 minutes ago, 5fouls said:

IU shoots 97% during the pre-game layup line.  

 

The 3% is DG doing an over the head reverse attempt. 

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I think these next two games will be the biggest 2 of the season and definitely a linch pin for the rest of the year.  We hold serve at home at win against MSU and Maryland we are in really good shape for the stretch run. We can lose one we shouldn’t and still be okay. We lose one or both I think we have a tough uphill climb to make the tourney with as unforgiving as the big ten is this year. I mean really the only 2 teams who we can say aren’t making the tournament are Northwestern and Nebraska. Other than that the other 12 have a realistic shot. 

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Just now, Hoosierfan1215 said:

He would make those but throw the pass away to the next guy in line...

And knowing him, go off for 30 in the game. 

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