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The best way to cut the Hilltoppers down to size? Make them run
' Chris Marcus is the best center in the country, but in a lot of ways they're better without him. They have great balance and a bunch of guys who can shoot it. When we played them, they were bringing guys off the bench we barely knew, but they were all good players....
If Marcus is healthy, he's a man among boys. If he gets the ball on the block, it's pretty much over....
Patrick Sparks had a great freshman year, just shot the lights out. He'll turn it over if you pressure him, though....
They love to run the high-low game with David Boyden and forward Todor Pandov. They're both extremely skilled, and Boyden is athletic....
They love to force tempo and knock down threes. But it's not a bad idea to let them run up and down the court, because they will turn it over, and their main weakness is transition defense.'