They’re going to present a challenge to us because they are a big basketball team 4 guys 6’9 or taller so going to be tough to score inside unless we get in transition… they have 2 very good shooting guards who can light up the 3 and they are a very good defensive team. We will have to play the best game we’ve played so far in my opinion.
Typical Howland team. Play at much slower pace than Arkansas. Good rebounding team, typical for them. Arkansas shut down Molinar last season; Arkansas will likely key on him defensively again. Expect very physical game, Trey and Khamani might see lots of playing time.
If we were still playing with the philosophy of positionless basketball, which was really just 4 guards and JWill, we wouldn’t stand a chance. I’m hopeful that our coaching staff finally figured out that our guards aren’t good enough offensively or defensively and we will see some more size and toughness in our rotation with wade and johnson. If JWill and Connor show up and decide to rebound, And if our guards take shots they can make and play together then I mean I think we have a real chance. Obviously we have to rebound, defend the three, have more than 10 assists and shoot better than 40 percent. Not sure if we have done all that in one game this year?
I would be very surprised if the Hogs were to win. I have not seen anything to think they are better than mediocre. However, they continue to win convincingly against those ranked under 250. MSU has a 41 Net and is playing at home.
In what way can Connor play a major role in tomorrow’s game? He possesses neither the quickness nor strength to effectively defend MSU’s bigs. Williams, Toney, Umude, Johnson, and Wade are all better options for Muss tomorrow nite.
Yes he has got a lot of rebounds per minute this year. I am worried that his defense (and offense) hasn’t improved a lick since last year. But I may be wrong and if we have rebounding struggles then it is worth giving him a chance. I’m thinking our front line is now proven to be deep enough we can have a rotation and stick with guys who are actually playing well that night instead of giving playing time to anyone based on potential, or height, or past performance, or hopes and prayers. Johnson and Wade And Toney have been solid recently. I think notaes shot is coming around and robinson is developing confidence. I think we are just a few assists away from decent chemistry on offense and muss has been able to teach three point defense every year so I’m keeping some hope we can still be the team I thought we would be (not top ten, but competitive in every sec game home and away) I’ll be counting hog assists and uncontested dog three pointers in the game thread tomorrow
Connor hasn’t shot the ball well this year but I still believe he’s a very capable shooter anybody who shoots free throws as pure as he does can shoot the basketball, just needs to see one go in… he may not play much at all,but with their height, I am not going to be surprised if he gets minutes