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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Hope you and your families have a wonderful day, but if you feel the desire -- or need -- to pull yourself away from the crowd for a few minutes, I'll be here with some preview material and thoughts to munch on in anticipation of tonight's matchup between Maryland and Michigan State.
The Spartans may be without injured 6-foot-10 center Goran Suton tonight, which is good news for a Maryland frontcourt desperately in need of some. Suton, when healthy, is Michigan State's best rebounder and a pretty solid defender. Should he remain out of the lineup, the burden on guys like Braxton Dupree becomes a lot lighter.
Unfortunately for Maryland, the Spartans are a fairly deep squad, and while Suton's replacement won't be as talented, he won't be a slouch, either. Michigan State likely will opt for a smaller lineup if Suton misses tonight's game.
A likely replacement in the starting lineup would be 6-foot-8 senior forward Marquise Gray, who is the only other Spartan besides Suton with at least 10 rebounds on the season. Also, look for 6-foot-8 freshman forward Delvon Roe to see increased minutes if Suton is out. Izzo is very high on the freshman, though Roe has come along slowly while recovering from procedures on both knees during the offseason. When completely healthy, Roe has the skill set to be a dominating presence.
That said, obviously, the Terps' prospects for success down low look much brighter with Suton out of the picture. Dupree -- and even Dino Gregory or Dave Neal -- would have an experience edge over Roe, and Gray is not as big or physical as Suton. I'm not saying I would give the edge to the Terps in the frontcourt against the Spartans with Suton out of the lineup, just that they would stand a better chance of staying afloat.
What are your thoughts? How much do you think Suton's possible absence will affect the Terps' chances of pulling off an upset?
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