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    Thoughts from the game tonight

    First off, we really struggled to defend without fouling. I was focusing on defense tonight since we had a couple of backups in the starting lineup with Clark and Jiri out.

    Thompson - I was terrified of entering the season if last week was what were were going to get out of Thompson. He still looks a little awkward and he would be a lot better if he just turned and went right to the hoop like he did in the second half. He gets pushed around a little too much for a guy that weighs 250.

    Brackins - Obviously, stallion in the making. Seems to be more comfortable facing up though, if McD could get him some post moves to go with the shot he'd be unreal.

    Wesley - Standard Wesley performance, very solid. Still don't know what to think of him defensivly on the perimeter and I really haven't seen him dribble drive well yet.

    Haluska - Definitly coming around on the kid. Needs to get used to the defense a little bit, was slow closing out on his man beyond the 3 point line and when they would drive around him that's when he'd pick up those reach ins.

    Peterson - Game seems to just flow better with him in there. Smart guy, solid looking shot.

    Garrett - Struggled to finish tonight and we saw the Garrett deep ball, wasn't exactly pretty. Huge upside though.

    Vette - 5 fouls in 9 minutes pretty much says it all. Really attacked and was agressive, that was nice to see. As others have said, could probably use a redshirt, but I honestly think he can contribute toughness and effort.

    CJ - Still very skilled at his position, but sometimes it seems like he tries to do too much and he gets shot over pretty easily it seems.

    Boozer - Another guy who struggles with defense but he's got that great high arcing shot and is a crowd favorite it seems.

    I honestly don't think the team played with great effort tonight at the start of the game, and the flow of the game was really disrupted without Peterson in there. No offense to Garrett because I think he's going to be a great player, but it seemed like EA's runs all occured when Peterson was out of the game.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    Good post. A good point guard is what we need and sounds like Peterson could be the guy. Vette definetly needs some polishing. Got to like the strength and attitude however.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    I really hope I don't jinx him with this question, and I know he's only a freshman and has a while to go.....but, so far, how would you say Brackins compares with Marcus Fizer during Fizer's freshmen year to this point?



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    Thanks Bryce for the synopsis...we didn't make it up tonight.

    Heard some of the game though.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    So Brister didn't play?



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    BryceC: Wow, grate post (have to wait to give you rep). You typed what I was thinking, to each point.

    I left the game feeling pretty good knowing we will win some we shouldn't and lose some we shouldn't. 2-3 years is going to be great for ISU BB.

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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    So Brister didn't play?
    No, in the post-game Mac said he was late today so he didn't play him.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    My thoughts on the game:

    I am really impressed with the shooting of our team. It seems like every single player we put out there can shoot the three, (with the exception of Garrett's attempted three). I hope our defense improves, as it seems like EA Sports were getting a ton of close range shots. I think our guards are playing pretty solid, although I would like them to push it down the court a little more. It seems like we are missing some open players on fast break opportunities. I am definitely looking forward to getting Jiri back, as I think he will help with the defense down low.

    As far as comparing Brackins with Fizer, I don't really remember that much about Fizer's freshman year. But I can't imagine it being that much better than how Brackins is looking right now. He seems to get very good post position when he goes down low, and also has a really good shot.

    I like how we look so far, and am excited to see what the next few weeks of non-conference schedule games bring.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone08 View Post
    No, in the post-game Mac said he was late today so he didn't play him.
    Good. Discipline is key, these guys will learn. Some the hard way.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    Can someone tell me exactly who EA sports is? Have they played any other teams?



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by atlantacyclone View Post
    Can someone tell me exactly who EA sports is? Have they played any other teams?
    They are basically a team of college players from a couple years ago that play other college teams as exhibitions. Im not sure if they get paid or not but all of the players have good size and skill so it was a decent win.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by bigredqb7 View Post
    They are basically a team of college players from a couple years ago that play other college teams as exhibitions. I'm not sure if they get paid or not but all of the players have good size and skill so it was a decent win.
    Yeah, I think they are decent. They have been averaging something like 80 points per game.


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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    My thoughts:

    I was pleasantly surprised the way everyone was hitting shots to start the game. We have the ability to hit the outside and midrange shots. It doesn't mean we always will, but the fact that more that 1 or 2 people can hit them, bodes very well.

    AT didn't play a good first half, but hustled more and played better in the 2nd.

    Brackins.... CB will be a good one, it is really obvious. As far as comparisons, Fizer was a lot stronger, but yes I see similarities. They can both put the ball on the floor well for big men, can hit the outside shot, and make good shots in the paint. CB has a great all-around game like MF did.

    Peterson ran the team well. He looked like a little kid compared to EAs guard, but then again we're a young team and these guys are a lot younger than EAs team. Which leads to...

    Haluska. Great shot. The stronger he gets the better he'll get. He can shoot it like his bro (yes I had to bring him up), but just like all of the young guards on our team, needs to get stronger.

    CJ: played okay, Mr. Hustle as usual.

    Boozer: wow nice looking shot. Some D would be nice though.

    The rest did nothing really worth noting. Overall I think the team played well, considering I think EA was a pretty decent team. They had a couple of guys who were pretty good.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    I believe this was the same EA sports that beat Witchita State last week and lost to Creighton on Thrusday.



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    Re: Thoughts from the game tonight

    EA Sports had player from some very good BB schools:

    Gonzaga, UNLV, Weber State, So. Miss and a few Chapel Hill schools. I was impressed with their size and skill. However, they were not in shape. Each half they got there second wind after the 12 minute mark but lost it after the 4 minute mark each half.

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