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Dayton coach gives thoughts on Kansas

March 26, 2009

Sophomore guard Chris Allen goes for a dunk at the end of open practice on Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Former MSU associate coach Brian Gregory and his Dayton Flyers pulled an upset over six-seeded West Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, but the No. 11 seed lost 60-43 to Kansas in the second round.

Gregory, who was an assistant coach at MSU from 1990-95 and 1999-2000 before being named associate head coach from 2001-03, talked with The State News about what he thought the second-seeded Spartans needed to do to beat Kansas in the Sweet 16 on Friday.

“Hopefully they’ll shoot a lot better than we did and make some shots around the basket. We’re not a great shooting team by any stretch and obviously Kansas had something to do with that. But the one thing that we really felt was the key was to contain (Sherron Collins) in the open court. Their fast break over the last month of the season was really good and actually it was very similar to Michigan State’s. Collins would get so deep on the outlet passes that he’d be on top of the defense in one or two dribbles.

“Make (Cole Aldrich) play just one foot further out than he wants to. Michigan State rotated guys and (senior center Idong Ibok) and (senior center Goran Suton) did a great job on him (last time) and when our center got into some foul trouble we couldn’t do a great job. Those two guys are the keys and the guy who had been playing great the last four or five games was (Tyshawn Taylor). In the last five games going into our game he had played excellent.

“For Michigan State I think their defensive pressure will be important, their defense against ball screens will be important and post defense will be important and all that stems from if they can contain Collins. If they can do a good job with those three points on defense, then I think they’ll have a good chance.”

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