Hoops: MSU at Cincinnati


Looks like MSU will have both injured guard Barry Stewart (sprained left wrist) and coach Rick Stansbury for tonight’s game, which starts shortly. Stewart will start, I’m told, and although Stansbury isn’t 100 percent recovered from his viral infection, “he’ll make it through,” an assistant coach told me.

The basics:

What: SEC/Big East Challenge

Where: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati


Records: MSU 7-3, Cincinnati 7-2


33 Responses to “Hoops: MSU at Cincinnati”

  1. Brad Locke Says:

    Cincy 9, MSU 8, 15:33 of 1st half. UC is going right at Varnado on offense, with some success. Their big guy, Yancy Gates, already has 6 points. Varnado has 2.

  2. thespear Says:

    Stans is gonna have to come out of or extend that zone to combat the bombs they are shooting…. the three ball has accounted for over half of Cincy’s points!

  3. warbirdz44 Says:

    Stans’ refusal to dump the zone probably just lost us this game. We are going to need to get hot and have them go on a drought to have a chance because they are destroying us right now.

  4. warbirdz44 Says:

    Alot of you said that we would be better off without Gordon this year but after watching this first half and seeing how no one seems to know what the hell they are doing, I don’t see how anyone could say this is a better team without Gordon.

  5. jcdawgman18 Says:

    It’s easy to say “dump the zone”, but what is our option? Their inside game is nasty. We need to use the zone to deny the inside game, and honestly just hope they come back down to earth. They were lights out for the last five minutes. Then, we need to actually hit a few on the other end ourselves.

  6. jcdawgman18 Says:

    What we really, really need, is for Kodi Augustus to grow up or Brian Johnson to get healthy. Preferably, both.

  7. warbirdz44 Says:

    What we really need is for just one of our guards to learn how to play defense. Just one!

  8. bigdraws Says:

    Hard to defend it when they just throw it up blindfolded and it goes in.

  9. warbirdz44 Says:

    Maybe if we weren’t playing such a soft zone in the first half they wouldn’t have had so many open looks from three.

  10. thespear Says:

    Great halftime adjustments combined with Cincy’s hot hand cooling off are making this one out to be a nice one! GO DAWGS… Varnado is lookin good offensively!

  11. skoalbandit Says:

    Looks like State should stick with Montevallo, Centenary, and St. Bonaventure and leave the teams like Cincy alone.

  12. omahadog Says:

    I say go with the young guards, and go with Osby along with Varnado. Stewart and Turner bring absolute no leadership or SEC level talent to this team. Go with Bost and Beckham in the backcourt and get them ready for the future. This team cannot build around Turner and Stewart. They are too inconsistent with the shot. I have watched Stewart’s game digress for two years now. Not that he brought all that much to begin with.

  13. JB Says:

    “Looks like State should stick with Montevallo, Centenary, and St. Bonaventure and leave the teams like Cincy alone.” skoalbandit you are an unsympathic asshole. Coach Rick Stansbury coming out of the hospital bed to lead his team in play. You should be ashame of your self.

  14. warbirdz44 Says:

    Being sick doesn’t make him immune to criticism.

  15. lollipopkid Says:

    true warbirdz, but skoalbandit is to this blog what dingle-berries are to a rear-end…

  16. JB Says:

    The sick should be remembered in prayer, not in criticism.

  17. warbirdz44 Says:

    It’s not like he’s on his deathbed, he just has a virus. If he’s healthy enough to coach, he’s healthy enough to be criticized.

  18. JB Says:

    Disagree! I pray for you. You are on your deathbed, whether you think about it or not. God Bless

  19. carwwest Says:

    terrible game!….i will says stans didnt coach a good game but it looked like he was about to pass out or throw up te entire game…but stewart is terrible….cant handle the ball well, cant shoot, you need more than just defense if the other guards arent producing….and dont give me the wrist injury because he has struggled for 2 years now….i say go with bost, who struggled tonight, twany, varnado, johnson, and osby….i hope we get it together because our youth definitely showed tonight….

  20. msu4me Says:

    warbird you must have missed the beginning of the game. Doctors, Meo and staff all thought Stans should stay home. He wasn’t well enough to coach. And by the way sometimes a virus is much more than just a virus!

  21. thespear Says:

    omahadog, guess you didnt watch the game tonight. Turner was one of the few bright spots. His 12 pts 6 rebounds and 3 stls w/ jus one turnover was a big part of the comeback in the early part of the second half. I was happy when Stans let him run the point, the guy plays much bigger than he is.

    I think Stans is an excellent coach. I know its easy to criticize and I understand the issue he was faced from going zone or man. we went man-they went right after Varnado trying to put him in foul trouble. We went zone, they drain the treys. I jus wish we could have went to a more extended or match-up zone. That aside, theres no much you can do when you facing a team with threats on the inside and outside. However, I sort of wonder if this 1st, 2nd team thing is allowing guys to get in a rhythm. Seems like we played better when he left guys in and the settled in. Not criticizing, just speaking curiously. This is a young roster loaded with talent, Stans just has to find a way to make it work!

  22. bigdraws Says:

    Turner played a great game. Varnardo has finally came into his own. We need for Baily to step up bigtime. Gonna be a long year but hey. We’ve won the west the past two years. One year ain’t gonna kill us.

  23. warbirdz44 Says:

    I saw that msu4me. Perhaps those people were right but if he’s out there coaching he doesn’t get a pass just because he’s sick. Sorry. Perhaps he should have stayed at home if the sickness affected his coaching any. And I’m not even saying that he did a horrible job coaching given the players he has to work with, I’m just saying that if he’s out there coaching, he’s not immune to criticism.

  24. thespear Says:

    He’s not immune to criticism, but every year ppl on here are baffled by Stans coaching strategy, myself included. The guy is a great coach and has been for the past 1o seasons. We are all sitting here wondering why the game was played how it was, but trust me, every coach on our bench has a high basketball iq and is coaching to win. Stans has a lot of young talent and will build them into a spectacular team, just give it time.

  25. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Coach Stansbury is the MAN. Anybody can question him but guys look at what he’s done during his stay at STATE. Cinn has a better team than we do, plain and simple. Coach showed what his team means to him by even showing up tonight. I hope Coach stays forever with us. He loves the university and has been TRUE through thick and thin. All you haters can kiss my entire butt.

  26. warbirdz44 Says:

    I never said I hate Rick Stansbury. I love the guy to death but I still have my gripes with him, which I won’t go into here because it’s not the time or place. (I’ll just wait until our usual SECT/NCAAT choke job for that 😉 )

  27. imabulldog Says:

    First of all, we are extremely young, and with Randy Stewart on the bench for some of the night, it didn’t help.

    Fact is, we’ll go a little, maybe 2 games over five hundred or so in the SEC.

    Next year, with some experience under their belts, this team will be feared- but as of right now- NOPE.

    JB, you’re still the coolest reb I know

  28. benzadawgfan Says:

    We shouldn’t expect miracles from this team. I am excited about the prospects for the next couple of years. It’s gonna take some time to get all these young guys adjusted to the college game and playing together. Coach Stans will get it done.

  29. bigdraws Says:

    Last year Memphis got by us by the skin of their teeth after we beat Oregan. Couple of years ago we barely lost to Duke in the second round. We’ve just been getting some tough draws lately. I don’t see how that’s his fault.

  30. maroondog Says:

    agreed draws, I think coach Stans is doing a great job.

  31. msudawginbama Says:

    why soes State always seem to play a team that cannot miss from 3 pt range? jesus, they were making prayers, and i swear i think one of their guys kicked in a 3…
    otherwise, the team played well overall. there were the crazy passes, weird shots, and awkward turnovers, but i think everyone is used to that!

    did anyone else watch Twany Beckham and have flashbacks of a certain Gary Ervin dribbling into traffic, throwing Randy Johnson fastball passes, and forcing shots? the guy looks like he has promise, but he has got to watch his tempo. back off the throttle a little…

  32. imabulldog Says:

    Stans the man, but I agree-it seems that teams get hot vs us all the time

  33. msumom Says:

    I agree–it does show Rick Stansbury’s great commitment to the team that he would go to the game, in his condition–hope he is much better by now!!

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