Friday, March 11, 2011

WAC semis ... will the Aggies wear down?

Boise State will be a handful for the Aggies in tonight's WAC semifinal at 10 on ESPN2.

"They are a challenge," Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies said. "Right now when you are in the semifinals of the conference tournament, you are not going to have any surprises. We have seen them a bunch. They have seen us a bunch. You have to have the will to win and have to do the right things down the stretch. You are going to have turnovers. We are hopeful and optimistic that we can be in that position tomorrow."

If you read this blog or saw me on AggieVision lastnight, you know I think La'Shard Anderson is not only the best point guard in the WAC, but the best player in the league.

And the Broncos are now playing through Anderson more than ever — which presents somewhat of a difference from the first two meetings.The Broncos have won six stratight games entering tonight's contest with Anderson leading them with 15 points 4.5 assists, shooting 43 percent and 32 percent from long range.

"Transition is probably the No. 1 key with them," NMSU forward Troy Gillenwater said. "They are a running team. La'Shard Anderson is a really good point guard. He likes to push it and Daequon Montreal is a pretty good power forward."

Hernst Laroche did a great job on Deonte Burton  in Wednesday's 66-60 win over Nevada. He can certainly do it again, but he will need some help from Christian Kabongo, who has also played well as of late and has size to match Anderson.

At this point, I would rank Laroche behind Anderson and Burton as the top two point guards in the WAC with Laroche behind them and Utah State's Brockeith Pane fourth. To win the WAC, Laroche will have to go up against all of them.

"I think the greatest challenge might be to sustain the mental focus and not do what Nevada did, which was wear down," Menzies said. "I think  you are going to see two teams that like to run and like to score. It should be a fun game to watch."

The Broncos have gone to a different lineup with walk on freshman guard Jeff Elorriaga starting and Paul Noonan coming off the bench. Noonan is still second on the team in scoring. Elorriago plays just 15.2 poins per game and doesn't seem to be a great shooter.

When Noonan is in, he has been playing the four, so the Aggies should try to get the ball into Gillenwater in the paint if they have that matchup and the Aggies can't forget about Arnold, who is second on the team in scoring and not the offensive threat he has been in the past, but he's had huge games against the Aggies in the past.

No comments: