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Hoops time: EMU at Michigan State

November 12, 2010

The EMU men’s basketball regular season tips off at 8:30 tonight!

As anyone reading this already surely knows, the Eagles start their season in the unfriendly confines of the Breslin Center, where they will face the Michigan State Spartans, widely expected to be one of the best collegiate teams in the country this season. Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave somewhere, you probably know that Michigan State is the consensus #2 pre-season basketball team. Most people regard this as nothing more than a tuneup for the Spartans. If you want a good example, take a look at the AP’s game preview that Yahoo! Sports is using, which reads more like a Michigan State season preview.

Michigan State opens the season Friday night at home against Eastern Michigan, an expected tuneup on a schedule packed with intriguing matchups.

That is the entirety of what they have to say about EMU’s team and tonight’s game, which can be seen on the Big Ten Network and heard on Eagle All-Access. Since they’re playing Michigan State, you will also be able to listen to the Spartan broadcast on WJR (760 AM).

As for the matchup, junior point guard Korie Lucius won’t play since he’ll be serving a suspension for a drunk driving arrest in August, and senior guard Mike Kebler is expected to be out with an injured right foot. As a result, freshman guard Keith Appling is expected to get plenty of playing time tonight. Despite that, all I really have to say is that Tom Izzo is 2-0 against EMU, and I’ll be shocked if he isn’t 3-0 in a few hours. Frankly, my expectations for this game are pretty similar to what they were when the football team visited the Horseshoe this fall: keep it respectable and don’t embarrass EMU.

What are other people saying:

We’ll see if Ramsey really sends his team out playing aggressive defense to try to force the action.  Given MSU’s major talent advantage, that’s unlikely to turn out well for Eastern.  It sets up as a nice opening test for the younger Spartan players: play with poise against pressure on offense and avoid defensive breakdowns leading to easy baskets against a team unlikely to beat you from the outside.  Another key to watch will be whether MSU can impose its will on the offensive glass against a solid defensive rebounding team.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 8:41 pm

    I’m going to use this as an open thread for the game, rather than put up another post.

  2. November 12, 2010 8:42 pm

    EMU can’t afford unforced turnovers in a game like this.

  3. November 12, 2010 9:02 pm

    This is quickly getting out of hand.

  4. November 12, 2010 9:07 pm

    Michigan State is certainly showing why they’re the consensus #2 team.

  5. November 12, 2010 9:44 pm

    Halftime score: Michigan State leads 49-33. Several times it looked like Michigan State was going to really run away with the game, and based on how the half went, the Eagles should probably be glad to have 67% of the Spartans’ score.

    Brandon Bowdry looks headed for a double-double, with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Unfortunately, the next-highest scorer is Antonio Green with 6 points. Kalin Lucas, as expected, leads the Michigan State scorers with 15 points; Durrell Summers has 9 points and Draymond Green has 7. The Spartans are shooting 54.8% overall, 72% on free throws, and are 2-3 on 3-point attempts. The Eagles, on the other hand, are averaging right around 33% for field goals, 37.5% for 3-point attempts, and 1-3 for free throws. The biggest concern for EMU continues to be shooting.

  6. November 12, 2010 9:45 pm

    EMU simply must find someone other than Bowdry who can score. Otherwise, it’s going to be a very ugly season.

  7. November 12, 2010 9:52 pm

    If I were in Ramsey’s spot, I would assign Bowdry massive amounts of free throw practice.

    With no one else on the team looking like a big scoring threat, teams will be free to key in on him, and if he can’t knock down those free throws fairly reliably, EMU is not going to do well.

  8. November 12, 2010 10:12 pm

    I believe Bowdry just hit his double-double.

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