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Bullard’s Ultra-Late Thoughts Heading Into Miami (My bad, dawg)

January 22, 2012

Editor's Note: Bullard submitted this piece Saturday evening prior to the Miami game. I, naturally, did not get around to posting it until AFTER the game against Miami ended. Hence the "Ultra Late" and "My bad" portions of the story title. Mea Culpa.

State rolls into Coral Gables this weekend with a 3-1 record in the conference and have won 7 of their last 8. Miami comes in at 1-2 coming off a 3 point win over Clemson on Wednesday night. Don’t let the Hurricanes’ ACC record fool you; their two losses came against a couple of the top teams in the ACC at Carolina and Virginia.

The Canes will be a good test for a State team that is off to great start in ACC play. They matchup well with us and will be a big change of pace from the jayvee Wake and BC teams. State will have to maintain their intensity the entire game and not lose focus, a bad habit that has haunted the team at times.

The matchup I’m looking forward to the most is between Rich Howell and Reggie Johnson. Johnson is, in the words of Steve Donahue, “a bitch” and a big bitch at that. Howell will have to find a way around the 6’10” 280ish center. This could be the game where Howell’s offseason transformation really pays off. His newfound quickness could play a big role.

CJ Williams note:

CJ Williams went down with a shoulder injury late in the Boston College game on Thursday night. The coaching staff held him out of practice Friday as precaution and Coach Gottfried described his status as doubtful for Sunday’s game.

Williams has been having a great senior year so far and has been a great utility man. He has developed a knack for being in the right place at the right time in this new high post system. Losing him would be a huge blow to a team that can’t afford to lose anyone in an already thin 7-man rotation.

Personally I think CJ will be ready to go come gametime on Sunday. This being his senior year I’m sure he will play through whatever pain if at all possible. I’d also point out that he is from my hometown of Fayetteville and we don’t produce soft players.

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