Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cuse For Concern?

#8 Michigan State and #7 Syracuse face-off in the garden tonight. Syracuse has not yet played a ranked team. The first ranked team they play, is one of my early Final Four picks. The one thing about Syracuse that is very impressive is the consistency of their 2-3 zone defense. They rotate well to the ball, and cause problems for opposing teams offense. The other thing, or person I should say, on Cuse is Rick Jackson. This is a guy who is averages double-figures in point and in rebounds. He averages 13.1 point and 12.4 rebounds a game. Michigan State will need to key-in on Jackson. Junior guard Scoop Jardine needs to feed the ball inside to Jackson early and often. Jardine averages 12 points and 7 assists a game. One final not about Syracuse, they are a very deep team. They have so many guys who can come off the bench and give a solid few minutes of play.

The Spartans are 6-2. Regardless of there 2 blemishes, I still think they are one of the top 3 teams in the country. Kalin Lucas is an All-American in my mind. I have said it before, but I think this game will come down to Michigan State's guard play. The have so many good guards who can step in and be big threats. Korie Lucious, Durrel Summurs, and Kieth Appling are key players in Michigan State's offense. I think the  MSU bigs will be able to hold off Rick Jackson, and get MSU a 9-point win.-Josh Neighbors

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