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Here's a quick take on Robert Morris.

~40% 3-point fg% for the team this season.

It's the only thing that worries me, but not to the point that I think Michigan St. won't pull away from them at some point. No spartan should take any team to lightly, need I say Weber St.

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Isn't there a danger in putting both rounds in now?

Only if you believe in scorcery....:classic:

In reality*, this thread is for the first round (which includes MSU) and for whoever it may be that wins thsoe games and makes the second round. No mention of MSU winning............just had to include MSU in the title to differentiate from any other 1st/2nd round discussion (thought of mentioning Minneapolis, but another region has games here as well).

*In true reality, everyone knows MSU will be playing two games this week :-).....

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Here's a quick take on Robert Morris.

~40% 3-point fg% for the team this season.

It's the only thing that worries me, but not to the point that I think Michigan St. won't pull away from them at some point. No spartan should take any team to lightly, need I say Weber St.

After looking more closely though, it doesn't seem to me that they attempt all that many 3's....

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Here's a quick take on Robert Morris.

~40% 3-point fg% for the team this season.

It's the only thing that worries me, but not to the point that I think Michigan St. won't pull away from them at some point. No spartan should take any team to lightly, need I say Weber St.

Weber St. = pre-conference game

Robert Morris = Post season game

Tom will have the boys ready to play. No worries about any freak upsets.

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Since the zone defense gives me nightmares, lets take a look at the competition (from Pomeroy, those with a propensity towards Zone):

USC, Kansas, Dayton: “inconclusive”

Ohio State, Arizona: “mostly zone”

Siena: “some zone”

We'd potentially only face two of those teams, and they're "inconclusive" (USC and Kansas). Thats a start.

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Weber St. = pre-conference game

Robert Morris = Post season game

Tom will have the boys ready to play. No worries about any freak upsets.

Weber State refers to a past MSU tourney game.

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Although Tim Floyd is known as a defensive specialist and has come up with a few crazy zone game plans in the past, USC has been primarily a man-to-man team this season. The recent emergence of Marcus Simmons as a solid on ball defender at the point has reinforced this even more and covered up a huge weakness they faced earlier in the season of Hackett getting into foul trouble trying to stay with much faster true PG's (Hackett is really a big physical #2 forced to play point on this team).

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Weber St. = pre-conference game

Robert Morris = Post season game

Tom will have the boys ready to play. No worries about any freak upsets.

If your name was oldschoolbasketball, I wouldn't have let you slip by this one so easily, but since it's oldschoolbaseball :classic:

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Robert Morris played in a conference with the 28th overall RPI (out of 32 conferences and independents). That probably doesn't mean much...but some games of note:

Beat CMU 73-60

Lost to Xavier 78-57

Lost to Rutgers 69-55

Lost to Miami 70-62

Lost to Duquesne 88-62

Lost to Pitt 92-72

In their conf. tournament final, scored only 48 points.

Yahoo's analysis:

The financiers of the Northeast, Robert Morris returns to the Dance for the first time in 17 years. Historically, NEC representatives haven't faired well in college hoops' second season. No team has won anything in the NCAAs other than a play-in game. This year, the tide won't likely shift. Although a slightly above average defense as a whole, the Colonials rank near the bottom of Division I in three-point percentage defense, conceding over 36.7 percent. Grossly undersized, hulky big men have pounded them with regularity. Collectively, they execute beautifully from three, shooting over 39.7 percent, 16th-best in the nation. But without a strong interior or stalwart defense, this team will not rewrite league history.

First bold: tasty

Second bold: thats how you upset a more talented opponent

I'm used to seeing MSU (seemingly continually) overachieve in the tourney as a much lower seed, so I'm not about to pick an upset here. Shouldn't even make me sweat, knock on wood.

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If your name was oldschoolbasketball, I wouldn't have let you slip by this one so easily, but since it's oldschoolbaseball :classic:

I have trouble with Cleveland St. and Weber St. Just so similar eh?

Notice the "old" part in the name :D

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I'm guessing MSU is going to destroy Robert Morris. Not athletic. Point guard play is pretty average. Shooters are overrated. Not much size. MSU should win by 30, but Izzo won't kill them on purpose, so they'll win by 15-20.

Boston College, though, kind of worries me.

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Boston College, though, kind of worries me.

No worries, MSU won't be playing Boston College.

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So, I'm guessing the game friday will be the last one..... ~8:00 ish start?

Anyone know if this has been announced yet?

Announced tomorrow.

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No worries, MSU won't be playing Boston College.

I hope you are implying that Boston College will lose to USC. . . lol

Personally, I am rooting for USC.

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MSU should root for BC. USC is a better team.

MSU got the easiest 7 by far, although its doesnt really matter since USC is like a 7 and BC is really like a 10.

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MSU should root for BC. USC is a better team.

MSU got the easiest 7 by far, although its doesnt really matter since USC is like a 7 and BC is really like a 10.

With respect to USC, it'll be nice to play a team that takes care of the ball worse than we do.

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With respect to USC, it'll be nice to play a team that takes care of the ball worse than we do.

Yeah and neither team forces a lot of turnovers which might help although MSU seems like they make a lot of unforced ones unfortunately. BC is especially bad at it

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http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ncaa/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2009mbkbracketdivision1.pdf

bc-usc is at 6:20 and msu game is 30 minutes following the completion of that game

Wow, I have no idea how you found that, but thank you very much. It says all times are local, which makes things difficult to differentiate....

Are you serious, MSU and Wisconsin are playing at the same time? Grrreeeaaaat. Guess I'll be watching the MSU game online, which thankfully won't be too difficult, but still not cool.

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