This was the team I was expecting to see this year. Solid performance with a little help from MSU's very sloppy play. This was my first time seeing the team. Here are some quick thoughts...
-- The tight flex looked good, the spread flex looked a little more uncertain (to the point where the shot clock was winding down repeatedly).
-- Al needs to work the refs so Williams gets more calls his way. Two of his PFs were clean blocks.
-- I know Dudley worked on his mid range shot, but we need him in the post. He showed how deadly he is there. It also looks like his FT shooting will be more consistent this season.
-- Marshall is just not a player. Another off night and his ball handling was rough. Get the guy closer to the basket.
-- Rice is bound to heat up. Fortunately we can count on him from the line.
-- This team needs McClain back soon for his fresh legs alone.
-- As the season progresses, another scorer will have to step up and someone aside from Spears and Dudley will have to rebound.
Overall this win somewhat offsets last week's losses. Another strong showing against UMass and I'll enter the Kansas game with more confidence.