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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