Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thoughts before Aggies vs. Hoosiers

My mind is going in a lot of different directions concerning this game, although I do have one certainty.

The Aggies NEED to have a good defensive gameplan and HAVE TO execute such a gameplan at a high level.

Indiana is a prolific 3-point shooting team, which means NMSU will need to lock down at the 3-point line and force their shooters to put the ball on the floor — most likely in a man-to-man defense.

The challenge that presents, however, is Indiana center Cody Zeller, a skilled 7-footer.

If you double-team Zeller, that can open up the Hoosier’s 3-point shooting game.

The Aggies would be well-served to get a solid performance from their center tandem of Hamidu Rahman and Tshilidzi Nephawe, and maybe even get Zeller in foul trouble.

Overall, I give the Aggies about a 40 percent chance of winning the game — you’ll take those odds as a No. 13 seed.

Overall, however, I just want to see them competitive, play good defensively, and be in things. After that, the chips will fall where they may.

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Anonymous said...

I haven't watched Indiana play a whole lot. They are young, and have lost a number of games on the road. At the same time, they play in a much tougher conference. IU won't be intimated by the Aggies one bit and should hold their own on the glass.

Still, I give the Aggies the edge in experience. Down the stretch, that will be the difference.

Aggies by 8.

Anonymous said...

Well I called it. One and Done.

Anonymous said...

Wow. You pick a no. 4 seed over a number 13 seed and you, "called it?"

Do you also tell your mommie that you found your way home after "special school" each day?

Yep. I'll give you props for being a piece-of-work. Congrats.