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Definately the place to be for college hoops this weekend is Halton Arena. This game is once again HUGE!!!

I’ve heard two really good pts for the Niners-> rebound and perimeter defense. That being said should Plavich start? Should EJ and Nance start? I think in a game of this magnitude, early on you go with brute force, not finesse’ -> I pick EJ, Nance and Curt out the gate and no shots outside the paint in the first 5 min - We play Cinci’s game and rough’em up early. Then hit’em with Plav in transition. We go back and forth with this all afternoon.

GO NINERS!!!

That’s nice in theory but I see no way that Plav doesn’t start. If he doesn’t, who’s starting at the 2, EJ? Just not sure he has the conistency in his outside shot to handle that roll out of the gate and I think he’s more effective as a spark off the bench. The bottom line is that when Plav is “on” he can win games for you and you have to give him the benefit of the doubt at the start of every game until you determine if his shots are going to fall. He’s due for a huge game, especially at home, and this would be the perfect opportunity for that.

I’m okay with starting Nance over Iti though. We need some physical bodies in the paint for this one and Iti just gets pushed around too much. But his presence and ability to block/alter shots is much needed.

There’s no way Plavich doesn’t start.

I would like to see Nance but in this game you go with the bigger body in Iti and hope he will respond well.

[i]Originally posted by NinerFan[/i]@Feb 4 2005, 07:49 AM [b] Definately the place to be for college hoops this weekend is Halton Arena. This game is once again HUGE!!!

I’ve heard two really good pts for the Niners-> rebound and perimeter defense. That being said should Plavich start? Should EJ and Nance start? I think in a game of this magnitude, early on you go with brute force, not finesse’ → I pick EJ, Nance and Curt out the gate and no shots outside the paint in the first 5 min - We play Cinci’s game and rough’em up early. Then hit’em with Plav in transition. We go back and forth with this all afternoon.

GO NINERS!!! [/b]


EJ = Brute Force? Baaaahahahahahahahahahahahaha. EJ is soft.

Do we have the TOUGHNESS to beat the bearcats??? If so, we will WIN this game.

EJ might be soft, but he’s still valuable. He presents mismatch problems for Cincinnati. However, he’ll give up his fair share of points, so if he’s not “on” we’re going to lose the +/- when he’s in the game. EJ’s been coming on of late though, and you can tell how Lutz is mixing him into some of the set plays more. moss2k talked about that with Lutz after LL last night, saying he liked the wrinkle of “zipper” where EJ comes around the other side if they try to disrupt the action on Withers’ side of the ball.

EJ is an excellent offensive weapon when he makes a quick decision, then executes it. When he turns the ball over or when he makes a bad shot selection it’s usually because he hesitates and doesn’t fully committ to what he’s doing. Prime example? End of the ECU game where he had the ball in outstanding position to shoot or drive, and tried to make the extra extra pass to Curtis.

My pt is that early on I think the Niners need to go with ‘Shock and Awe’ -> Curt, Nance, and EJ seem to fit that bill with Eddie and Mitch -> If Iti does start perhaps a few hard fouls early on may be useful.

GO NINERS!!!

I have a feeling this is going to be a rough game with lots of fouls, called and not called. I think sincy will hack any shooter that goes up on the inside and make us hit our FTs from the git-go. Plav will be lucky to get 2 good looks in this game. He will be pummeled on the outside and may get to the line to shoot 3 FTs on a couple of occasions…and we all know how that could turn out. Coach needs to emphasize the pump fake for this game and get some cats in foul trouble.
I think we win, but I thought we’d beat easy U, sooo…

We will start the same lineup we have all year unless Iti pissed off Lutz so bad he starts Nance