What the Aggies need to spur an upset win over Saint Louis:
• Shoot well: The Aggies can’t afford a prolonged offensive drought — a five-to-10 minute span without a field goal could cost them the contest. Timely 3-point shooting and made free throws would also help in their efforts as a No. 13 seed.
• Protect the ball: A simple look at the stat sheet shows Saint Louis forcing 7.5 turnovers per game and the Aggies giving the ball away 14.4 times per contest. No need to fuel the Billikens offensive fire by turning the ball over. That, and the Aggies need all the quality possessions they can get offensively.
• A smart game: For all intents and purposes, Saint Louis is a well-coached team that will bring some force defensively. The Aggies, who seem to have an edge both physically and athletically, will need to match that with patience and poise. It goes without being said, as they enter tip off as nearly 10-point underdogs.
• The key players: Obviously everyone will have to play well for the Aggies. But some key questions off the top: Will Saint Louis have an answer for 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar? Will Bandja Sy score the ball and play shut-down defense? Will guard Daniel Mullings shoot well from the perimeter?
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