Friday, March 12, 2010

WAC Tournament discussion (Semifinals)

No. 1 Utah State vs. No. 4 Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Mountain
Teams split in the regular season with each team winning at home. I think Utah State's 67-61 win in Logan on Feb. 17 gives a better indication of this matchup than the opening weekend of WAC play, even though that was the last time Utah State lost a game. This game was right there for the Bulldogs, but a couple miscues down the stretch from Magnum Rolle sealed the win, most notably giving up an offensive rebound and a subsequent three-point play off a missed free throw. Utah State's Pooh Williams also proved capable of carrying the UtAgs against a more athletic team, scoring 15 in the second half. Can the UtAgs depend on that production again from Williams while he will also most likely be asked to guard La. Tech's Kyle Gibson?

No. 2 Nevada vs. No. 3 New Mexico State, 10 p.m. Mountain ESPN2
NMSU finally played some defense against a good perimeter team in San Jose State on Thursday. I thought the addition of Troy Gillenwater would tip the scales in the Aggies' favor when they went to Reno last week but that wasn't the case. Babbitt has averaged 24.5 ppg and 10 rpg against the Aggies this season, shooting 15 of 26 (58 percent) and 5 of 8 (63 percent) from 3-point range in two wins over the Aggies. Not to mention Brandon Fields, who has has a pair of career performances against NMSU over the years, scoring 32 in Reno, getting to the rim and dishing out nine assists. Maybe the Aggies play man ? Or shade their zone to Fields and take their chances with Armon Johnson shooting the 3? Either way, McKines and Gillenwater have to be physical with Babbitt.


Anonymous said...

Maybe Im a little behind on the info here but Jason, why was West left behind from the team for the WAC Tournament? I remember two years ago Britt and Dominguez were not allowed to sit on the bench with the team because Hatila told me that they couldnt have too many players, is that what happened with him?


Jason Groves said...

That is what happened to him Gsus. Britt and Merker and Sy made the trip

Anonymous said...

Awesome game Aggies.We should have blown them out though. We gave them chance after chance by stupid decisions. We will be fine just shut them stupid blue aggies up. Get revenge!

Anonymous said...

That was a good game by the Aggies, back and forth and exciting to the end. Key moment was that 5 point play that Nevada made after JY got called for the technical. Gillenwater stepped up big time last night, hopefully they still have some gas left for tonight after such an emotional victory


Anonymous said...

Nice win for the Aggies. Good team contribution. Decent defense. Some mental lapses in the end putting the best free throw shooter in the conference on the line.

Completely stupid play on Jahmar's part to get the technical. That got the crowd into the game and helped Nevada regain its composure. Good thing Jahmar made up for losing his cool and hit that last shot. Hope he learned something.