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1 hour ago, slu72 said:

While getting rebounds is always an important factor in winning, against Butler we sure as hell better defend the perimeter and stop the dribble drive penetration. Not sure their PG is much of a dribble drive guy. But against Pitt and C.Ark their PG's had their way with us on dashes to the hoops. We didn't seem to have an answer for them.

Thompson, Butler's PG, is not a major threat to penetrate.  But Baldwin is.  You can call him PG or SG, it doesn't matter.  To me, the defense on Baldwin will go a long way in dictating the outcome of the game.  And remember, one of our bigs likely will be out of the lane guarding McDermott.  We also have to stay true on defense for Jorgensen, a second 44% three point shooter.   This boils down to some interesting defense.

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1 hour ago, HoosierPal said:

Thompson, Butler's PG, is not a major threat to penetrate.  But Baldwin is.  You can call him PG or SG, it doesn't matter.  To me, the defense on Baldwin will go a long way in dictating the outcome of the game.  And remember, one of our bigs likely will be out of the lane guarding McDermott.  We also have to stay true on defense for Jorgensen, a second 44% three point shooter.   This boils down to some interesting defense.

I'd hate to see this game become us trying to match them if they've got a hot hand from 3 territory. We have to count on our D and rebounding to win this game, which is not an unusual situation for us.

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1 hour ago, slu72 said:

I'd hate to see this game become us trying to match them if they've got a hot hand from 3 territory. We have to count on our D and rebounding to win this game, which is not an unusual situation for us.

I agree with you on making them matching up with us, but as you pointed out,

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against Pitt and C.Ark their PG's had their way with us on dashes to the hoops. We didn't seem to have an answer for them

Baldwin is a much more adept ball handler and shooter than either of those two.  Even though he is not listed as a PG, he will have the ball in his hands more than Thompson.

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38 minutes ago, Glorydays2013 said:

Nate Silver wrote a nice article ripping apart the “horrible” NET rankings 

He lost my ears a couple years back.

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We're 48th in the NET rankings today. For comparison, Butler is 49, SIUC is 105, and Oregon State is 77.

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I figured that loss would keep us from getting votes. Silly though. We'd be in top 25 if we had won. We will be back next week if we win next 2.

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