Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Breaking Down MSU vs UConn Part 2

  • For Part 2 of the MSU vs UConn match up I will break down the starting forwards for each team. It is part 2 of the 5 part series this week.
  • When looking at this new match up, an obvious size advantage is shown with the 6'9'' Stanley Robinson and the 6'7'' Jeff Adrien leading the way. Adrien averages a double-double this season with 13.7 PPG and 10 RPG and Robinson adds size and solid production from a dominating front court that compliments Thabeet well. Raymar Morgan is more of a headache for me. He was showing the promise he was expected of since his freshman year before he got sick with a combination of Pneumonia, Flu, Mono, and whatever else. Now he hasn't played all too well and now has to deal with a broken nose as well. With his absence MSU was able to play some of there younger guards and get a glimpse of what the future holds for Spartan Nation. Playing solid minutes Freshmans Delvin Roe, Draymond Green and Senior Marquise Gray have shown potential and skill to be a starter on an elite team. Gray has seemed to be here forever, and Green has played fairly well coming off the bench. Delvin Roe is the future by far. Turning down UNC to play at MSU, we can see why the Tar Heels pursued him so much. He is probably the Spartans best inside presence outside of Suton and is an absolute beast playing well beyond his years. UConn can hardly say they have the depth MSU does. But do they have better talent for there starters? I have an upset brewing and saying MSU has the better forwards. I like the potential and versatility that Roe-Morgan brings. I have seen what they can do any given game and believe Izzo will have them battling and prepared. I love the duo UConn can bring, but my nod goes to the Green and White.
  • John Calipari left Memphis today to take the coaching job at Kentucky and the 8 year 35 million dollar deal to be the highest paid coach in NCAA basketball. With this, he could pluck a few top 5 prospects to join him. This could decimate the soon to be dynasty that Memphis could have been (that is if they ever won a National Title).
  • All 5 NHL Western Central division teams are in the playoffs as of today. They may not all make it, but I am confident at least 4 will get in, as the Blues may just miss the playoffs after a late season charge. This looks like a trend that will continue as the perennial contenders Red Wings are joined by four young talented teams hungry to contend. The consistent Predators somehow put it together under Trotz to play on. The Blue Jackets should make the playoffs for the first time in their history with Calder (my selection) Winner Steve Mason, Captain Rick Nash and Jack Adams contender Ken Hitchcock. Chicago is finally able to put it together with a young dynamic offense and St. Louis may be ready to contend next year as their youngsters are playing well. Looks like an exciting end from the former NHL Comedy Central.

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