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    Game Day Essentials: Game #4 vs Missouri St


    hhcmatt
    • #24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0) vs Missouri State Bears (3-0)

                             ** HALL OF FAME CLASSIC **

       

      Date: Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
      Time: 6:00 p.m. 
      Arena: Sprint Center

      Location: Kansas City, Mo. 

      Broadcast:  ESPNU

      Link for Shot Tracker Live Stats

       

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    Missouri St
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    Head Coach: Dana Ford
    Location: Springfield, MO
    Conference: Missouri Valley
    Nickname: Bears
    Mascot: Boomer the Bear
    Last time out: Beat Stetson
    Shirt not to wear: Maroon, fur

    Opening Line: Nebraska by 14

    Radio Listen: Will be tough to find this audio on stations that carry the Huskers and Kansas City football

     

    Players to watch: Keandre Cook

     

    The 6'5 Juco transfer is 2nd on the team in scoring and leads the team in rebounding. He's been extremely efficient against lower tier teams and will probably draw James Palmer to start the game on defense.

     

    Some Good Reading

     

    10 thoughts on Dana Ford's first week as the Missouri State head men's basketball coach - A great primer on the team

    3 Man Weave's Missouri Valley 2018-19 Preview - Great read on Dana Ford and what he's trying to implement.  Specifically this:

     

     

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    There are two defining characteristics about Ford’s strategic blueprint on defense: 1) Walling off the lane at all costs 2) Disrupting passing lanes to generate steals (a complete 180 from Lusk’s approach). These two traits don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Ford’s innovative defensive scheme(s) make it possible. During his time at Tennessee State, the Tigers consistently produced one of the highest defensive steal rates in the country, but remained disciplined enough to recover back and close off open driving lanes to the rim.

    But, with any defensive blueprint, tradeoffs must be made. Ford’s emphasis on generating turnovers and limiting penetration often leaves uncontested shooters scattered around the arc. Thus, if you’re going to exploit a Ford-coached defense, getting hot from distance is your best bet. Teams in the Ohio Valley took full advantage of this ‘soft spot’ in Ford’s defense as Tennessee State surrendered the 2nd most 3s in the country last year.

    What’s interesting is that when Ford opts to change defenses, those aforementioned two principles don’t change. He will primarily play straight-up man-to-man, but also mixes in some extended full-court pressure along with a trapping zone.

     

     

     

     

    KenPom Helps us look at the Lineup

     

      PG SG SF PF C Pct
    1
    0 Josh Webster
    6-3  180  Sr
    11 Jarred Dixon
    6-4  176  Sr
    1 Keandre Cook
    6-5  183  Jr
    5 Obediah Church
    6-8  218  Sr
    10 Szymon Wojcik
    6-10  224  Fr
    26.4
     

     

    Cook and Dixon are the scoring punch.  Webster is the pass first PG from Texas Tech who has been turnover prone.  Wojcik is probably the 4 and Church the 5 as Church is a traditional center and a prolific shot blocker.  You'll probably see minutes from Juco F Kabir Mohammed, shooter Ryan Kreklow, and Jan Wojcik, the other Wojcik.

     

    Miles Presser

     

    Three takeaways

    1. We prepped for exotic stuff before leaving for KC otherwise we'll take it one day at a time

    2. Shot Tracker stuff will be in use. Not sure if this will be an advantage for us.

    3.  We tried to recruit the Wojcik twins that play for Missouri St

     

     

    The Skinny:

     

    The Bears are rebuilding as they fired the under-performing Paul Lusk and replaced him with 34 year old Dana Ford who had some MVC assistant experience to go along with his 4 years at Tennessee St. Ford brings in a defense first uptempo philosophy but currently finds himself undermanned as four of his scholarships are in use by transfers needing to sit out.  See, not everyone was granted waivers.

     

    Missouri St is going to try and pressure Nebraska much of the night so it will be interesting to see how aggressive we are bringing up the ball and who takes the lead should Watson be out of the game.  The Huskers should have lots of open rhythm 3s and when you come into a game knowing that, you tend to believe they'll go in.  Should Nebraska have a miserable night, the Huskers should be able to clamp down with their defense.  Expect another night of poor shooting for the opponent and hopefully a game where we can rest the starters at the end.

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 86 - Missouri St 68

    Edited by hhcmatt

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    Should be a fun win guys, and this is a chance to build confidence in playing on the road / neutral site. I'll be watching / listening to this one.

    Thanks to HHCmatt for the rundown, you guys have been killing it this year with the in-depth previews and content before and after games. And I cant blame you...its a lot of work, but this is fun. 😊 GBR

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    I'd recommend installing the free StatTracker Fan App (via google play or itunes) if you enjoy looking at game stats.

    It has some extra stuff in there like distance traveled and possession data (number of passes, paint touches, etc)

    If you are unable to watch the game, it does have a 3d tracker that shows you where the players are and where the ball is in real time.

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    12 hours ago, hhcmatt said:

    #25 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0) vs Missouri State Bears (3-0)

                           ** HALL OF FAME CLASSIC **

     

    This has to be edited - we're #24 and deserve the newfound respect 😀

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    I'm always baffled by the GIANT stores along the freeways in Missouri that carry nothing other than Porn/Booze/Fireworks&Guns. I hesitate to call them "Hillbillies" I prefer to think they've distilled our wants & needs down to their essence...

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    3 hours ago, hhcmatt said:

    BTW, Missouri State used to be known as Southwest Missouri St University before becoming the dominate directional institution in the state

     

    As Southwest Missouri State, they made the Sweet 16 under the direction of a former Husker assistant.

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    1 hour ago, hhcmatt said:

    Please enter drinking/fooding recommendations here

    Kelley’s bar Westport, oldest bar west of the Mississippi (so they say) Gates BBQ of course for the ribs...

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    1 hour ago, hhcmatt said:

    Please enter drinking/fooding recommendations here

     

    Visited KC a few years back for a football game and we asked several locals about the best BBQ joint.  We had several recommendations for both Gates and a place called Q39.  We tried both while we were there and for my money, Q39 was some of the best BBQ I've ever had.  It's a little pricier that Gates but it was well worth it.  The meat fell off the bones and the sauce was awesome.

     

    https://q39kc.com/

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    1 hour ago, hhcmatt said:

    Please enter drinking/fooding recommendations here

     

    Joe's KC BBQ (best BBQ in town by a mile, IMO) has opened a location in the KC Live! block across from Sprint Center earlier this year:  https://www.countyroadicehouse.com/#1  They don't carry the full Joe's menu, but do have some of the greatest hits, like the burnt ends, Carolina Pulled Pork sandwich.  No Z-Man though and their fries are different (not as good) as the original location.

     

    • as an aside KC BBQ is a hotly contested topic of discussion here in town; people have had long protracted and heated conversations about what is the best.  Really there are dozens of very fine BBQ joints in town, the best comes down to personal preference.  In my case specifically, I was an evangelistic Jack Stack guy for years and years but eventually came around to Joe's.  You probably won't feel bad about any BBQ place you choose to select if that's what you do, but for God's sake whatever you do, make sure you get Burnt Ends and a Strawberry pop when you go.

     

    You can get a really good pizza just across I-670 from Sprint Center at Homeslice:  http://www.homeslicekc.com

     

    You can get a high quality steak at Anton's on the streetcar line just a few blocks away from the Sprint Center:  https://antonskc.com

     

    Pierpont's in Union Station serves a pretty decent steak as well:  https://www.pierponts.com

     

    An even better steak still (probably best in town) is at The Majestic:  http://majestickc.com

     

    The Savoy Hotel has been renovated and re-opened as a boutique hotel and I've heard good things about their restaurant: https://www.thesavoykc.com

     

    There are many places to get a quality microbrew near the arena, I'll list a few here:

     

    If you want more recommendos, or would like some info on specific specialties (French, Indian, Tex-Mex, Pizza, Vietnamese, etc.) let me know.  I've got lots of experience eating and drinking in KC.  😁

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    By the way, IMO, Gates BBQ is straight trash.  Just pure garbage!  😂

     

    If I had to rate KC BBQ places it would probably go something like this:

    1. Joe's KC
    2. Jack Stack BBQ
    3. Char Bar
    4. Q39
    5. LC's
    6. S.L.A.P.'s
    7. Danny Edwards
    8. Woodyard BBQ
    9. Arthur Bryant's
    10. Everyone else
    11. Garbage pit
    12. Gates

    But that's just my opinion.  I could be wrong... :D 

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    31 minutes ago, 49r said:

    By the way, IMO, Gates BBQ is straight trash.  Just pure garbage!  😂

     

    If I had to rate KC BBQ places it would probably go something like this:

    1. Joe's KC
    2. Jack Stack BBQ
    3. Char Bar
    4. Q39
    5. LC's
    6. S.L.A.P.'s
    7. Danny Edwards
    8. Woodyard BBQ
    9. Arthur Bryant's
    10. Everyone else
    11. Garbage pit
    12. Gates

    But that's just my opinion.  I could be wrong... :D 

    It’s the only one of that dozen I’ve been too & it was years ago... listen to the guy with the local angle.

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    8 hours ago, hhcmatt said:

    BTW, Missouri State used to be known as Southwest Missouri St University before becoming the dominate directional institution in the state

    And the last significant thing that SW Missouri St. did was play in the CWS.

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    6 hours ago, 49r said:

    By the way, IMO, Gates BBQ is straight trash.  Just pure garbage!  😂

     

    If I had to rate KC BBQ places it would probably go something like this:

    1. Joe's KC
    2. Jack Stack BBQ
    3. Char Bar
    4. Q39
    5. LC's
    6. S.L.A.P.'s
    7. Danny Edwards
    8. Woodyard BBQ
    9. Arthur Bryant's
    10. Everyone else
    11. Garbage pit
    12. Gates

    But that's just my opinion.  I could be wrong... :D 

    I love me some Char Bar. I would highly recommend it. Q39 is probably my second favorite, both have great barbecue, but I love the atmosphere at char bar

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    1 hour ago, nuhusker7 said:

    I love me some Char Bar. I would highly recommend it. Q39 is probably my second favorite, both have great barbecue, but I love the atmosphere at char bar

     

    These are the kind of coversatiions Kansas Citians have for hours on end.  And you aren't wrong.  :D Char Bar is great.  But Jack Stack has way better sauce...

     

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