Just watched the first 15 minutes of Montana @ Penn State from November. Oguine, as the announcer said himself, is the real deal. He took bigger defenders, including Josh Reaves, off the bounce from the top of the key, essentially iso’s. The key with him, obviously, will be keeping him out of the paint. I think only Zavier can do it. I would put MAAR on Rorie, who doesn’t have the blow-by quickness that Oguine does and shoots mainly threes and elbow jumpers. If we have good rim protection (hello Big Jon), it will free up MAAR to deny the perimeter shots. Zavier needs to stay out of foul trouble, because Oguine will destroy anybody else we put in front of him.
They won’t be overwhelmed at all. On the other hand, they don’t shoot that well and aren’t that long. They put up a good fight but Penn State’s size and overall talent level, especially on the wings and front-court, were too much for them. My overall impression so far is that they are a tough, quick for the most part, well-coached team. Really good, but under-sized back-court. Ho-hum front-court and wings. I’m going to watch the rest of the game and report back.
Update: the vast majority of their takes to the basket occurred when Mike Watkins was on the bench. As soon as he went out they attacked the basket relentlessly. I would expect them to test Wagner early and try to get him into foul trouble. This might be a game where we see Teske rotate with Moe, early and often. Teske is our best matchup on the defensive end and could do sufficient damage on offense. Could be a big game for him.