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What will be most important tonight?
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:06:13 am »

Assuming not everything will click into tonight's game with Mississippi State, which ONE of the following will be most crucial to the Hogs winning the game:
1.  Good 3-pt shooting
2.  Playing good defense
3.  Good bench play
4.  Excellent free throw shooting
5.  Referees who let the teams play

I think the team will have to play good defense to win the game.  Good defense negates the home floor advantage.  We saw that happen in the Tennessee game.  The Vols had the Hogs on the ropes with their defense for most of the game.  If they could have sustained it they would have won the game.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 10:07:39 am »

No foul trouble for Gafford and 10+ points from CJ Jones.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 10:09:16 am »

Don't allow them to slow us down.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 10:28:03 am »

5.  Referees who let the teams play = Gafford staying out of foul trouble
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 10:29:47 am »

Gafford staying on the floor and a respectable 3-point %. Road teams tend to resort to long spells of 3-point shooting.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 10:46:39 am »

We need to win the turnover battle and keep Gafford out of foul trouble. I think the bench will come around tonight. Even being an away game, Miss. St. Isn't Tennessee
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 10:49:16 am »

A good start.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 10:52:00 am »

#3 good bench play - there will be foul troubles in Stinkville...
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2018, 10:55:56 am »

No foul trouble for Gafford and 10+ points from CJ Jones.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2018, 10:56:12 am »

Got to play good defense, as the old saying goes, your defense can travel on the road. Next IMO is free throw shooting, we have not been as good from there as we need to be, on the road making your free throws is even more important, because every point can matter in a hostile environment.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 10:56:54 am »

#1 - Good 3 pt shooting is an excellent equalizer on the road. If you have noticed last year we had 2 home losses (MSU and Vandy). Both of those teams came out on fire. If we come out and make shots early, I think we have a good chance of coming out with a W

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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2018, 11:08:47 am »

2.  Playing good defense
3.  Good bench play
4.  Excellent free throw shooting
These need to happen.

Good defense turns into quick points and frustration for opponents.  That keeps scoring droughts down and increases FT attempts.  See number 4.  Gotta capitalize on trips to the line.If they’re getting the home cooking every FT is important.

The bench has to step up.  We’re gonna need quality minutes all year from them.  If we’re getting bench points it’s gonna be really tough to beat us anywhere.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2018, 11:11:32 am »

Defense
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2018, 11:17:07 am »

The Hogs have got to shoot well from the outside and try to slow down Q. Witherspoon....guards that size almost always go off on us
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2018, 11:37:15 am »

I'd say that limiting MSU's 2nd and 3rd opportunities, per possession would go a long ways to sending us home with our first conference road win of the season. Closing out on their shooters, grabbing the rebounds on MSU misses and quickly transitioning to our offense will wear down the Bulldogs and we should be able to pull away in the 2nd half of our game.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2018, 11:41:48 am »

Need the bench to contribute with scoring tonight, limit 2nd chance points, and defend the 3 point line better.  Keep Gafford in the game.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2018, 11:51:34 am »

3 point shooting. When we shoot good, it energizes our defense.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2018, 11:59:40 am »

Assuming not everything will click into tonight's game with Mississippi State, which ONE of the following will be most crucial to the Hogs winning the game:
1.  Good 3-pt shooting
2.  Playing good defense
3.  Good bench play
4.  Excellent free throw shooting
5.  Referees who let the teams play

I think the team will have to play good defense to win the game.  Good defense negates the home floor advantage.  We saw that happen in the Tennessee game.  The Vols had the Hogs on the ropes with their defense for most of the game.  If they could have sustained it they would have won the game.
1.Gafford foul trouble (no question)
2. Assist to turnover ratio. If we can have a high number of assists and limit our turnovers we will win.

Those two will sum up our success tonight.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2018, 12:08:57 pm »

Gafford's Free Throw shooting, got a feeling he will be hacked a lot tonight.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2018, 12:16:09 pm »

Defend the 3 point line, take care of the ball, make free throws
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2018, 12:19:29 pm »

The most important factor will be that nobody shows up for the home team.  With the cold, the mid-term break, and the holidays over, there's nobody in town to show up.  It'll be an empty vacuous arena with a listless crowd that will play to the Hogs advantage. 
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2018, 12:34:35 pm »

Defend the 3 point line, take care of the ball, make free throws

And rebounding and you got it
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2018, 12:37:09 pm »

play as a team on offense
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2018, 12:39:37 pm »

play as a team on offense

Yes, less one on one play and more ball movement.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2018, 12:41:03 pm »

The most important factor will be that nobody shows up for the home team.  With the cold, the mid-term break, and the holidays over, there's nobody in town to show up.  It'll be an empty vacuous arena with a listless crowd that will play to the Hogs advantage. 

I don't think its the crowd that makes most road games hard, it's the officiating.  Even if the arena is pretty empty (which I expect it to be), this game will be very difficult because of the refs.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2018, 12:49:52 pm »

I don't think anything can stop these guys right now, not tonight anyway. So the most important thing is we show up.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2018, 01:11:44 pm »

We have to control the tempo.  If we are allowed (by the refs and MSU) to play our style, we will wear them out.  If we get called for ticky tack touch fouls, this thing will bog down and be a real struggle.  We're the better team and if we can impose our style on them, it will be a long night for the Bulldogs.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2018, 01:19:49 pm »

Bench.
We're deeper than they are and should play like. That means our D should give more energy than theirs.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2018, 01:28:14 pm »

Keeping Gafford out of foul trouble and making free throws.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2018, 01:54:01 pm »

If Gafford plays for 25+ minutes and we have more assists than turnovers then we'll probably win.  And obviously the most important thing in basketball is just shooting the hell out of the ball.   Ultimately it'll come down to how much we get from our 4 guards. 
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #30 on: January 02, 2018, 02:10:29 pm »

Turnovers and Transition points. A frenetic place to keep us in the 80s or higher.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2018, 02:18:32 pm »

Have a feeling that Arlando Cook will need to play a solid game tonight. Doesn't have to get a double/double, but may have to play some early to help Anderson manage the first half.

Get to the final five minutes within reach. That's what you ask for on the road--the opportunity. It then becomes a matter of which team makes the plays down the stretch.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #32 on: January 02, 2018, 02:24:23 pm »

Rebounding and having a good night from CJ Jones off the bench.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2018, 02:26:56 pm »

Have a feeling that Arlando Cook will need to play a solid game tonight. Doesn't have to get a double/double, but may have to play some early to help Anderson manage the first half.

Get to the final five minutes within reach. That's what you ask for on the road--the opportunity. It then becomes a matter of which team makes the plays down the stretch.

What has happened to Bailey? He was playing so well when Thomas and Cook where not available early in the season. Right now he has moments where he looks lost out there on the floor.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2018, 02:27:51 pm »

Seems like in the past we usually have a big player or two have sub par games and to win we needed other guys to have unusually big games.  I’d like to see us buck that trend and have everyone play up to their expectations and see one of the “glue” guys start adding some points to their game.  I think that’s gonna be key for how well this team plays down the stretch.
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Re: What will be most important tonight?
« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2018, 10:08:46 pm »

Assuming not everything will click into tonight's game with Mississippi State, which ONE of the following will be most crucial to the Hogs winning the game:
1. Good 3-pt shooting
2.  Playing good defense
3.  Good bench play
4.  Excellent free throw shooting
5.  Referees who let the teams play

I think the team will have to play good defense to win the game.  Good defense negates the home floor advantage.  We saw that happen in the Tennessee game.  The Vols had the Hogs on the ropes with their defense for most of the game.  If they could have sustained it they would have won the game.

either one would have helped a lot.
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