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HOW TO BEAT
WHEN THE SPARTANS HAVE THE BALL
You can make them miss because they're going to take jump shots, but the game within the game is getting the rebound—they're the best rebounding team in the country, and they're really good at putting back their misses. They're always in the right spots, so you need to do a great job on the weakside glass. They don't have great penetrators, so extend out and pressure them. And they've got some really good shooters, but they are guys who catch and shoot. You also have to get a hand in their faces.
ATTACKING THE SPARTANS' DEFENSE
They're physical and they're tough, so you need to ball screen them and try to get to the basket. And when you get to the basket, you have to finish. I don't think you can run a bunch of plays and come off screens and get shots. They're not going to let you do that. You're going to have to beat them off the dribble.
They haven't counted on [point guard] Korie Lucious (above) all year, and now he's going to have to make big plays. So far he's done that.