Saturday, December 15, 2012

Two under-the-radar players who can make a difference

Just got to The Pit two hours early.

I've written about Sim Bhullar and Renaldo Dixon as two players who should see extended minutes without Chili Nephawe. It's a big opportunity for both players, who I feel have the ability to step in and possibly make the Aggies better in the long run. Bhullar has played two really good games back to back but the Lobos will be physical with him today. Dixon has yet to show that he can contribute consistently.

But here are two guys who if they come off the bench and are productive tonight, the Aggies will win this game.

Terrel de Rouen — The Lobos have the edge at point guard, no doubt about it. Hugh Greenwood is a solid player, but he was bothered by pressure last year. Of course that was UNM's second game. I don't think KC Ross-Miller starts but de Rouen is a big guard who is athletic enough to bother Greenwood and/or Jamal Fenton. Problem is, neither Aggie point guard has proven capable of taking care of the ball.

Kevin Aronis — Aronis was brought in as a shooter, but it's hard to tell if the Aggies are even using him. Playing time has dropped off dramatically to 13 minutes in the past two games where he hasn't attempted a field goal. If the Aggies aren't in transition, they can't get Aronis open for a 3. If Aronis is aggressive and looks for his shot early, I think the Aggies need to hit some 3s and perhaps Aronis can get himself going tonight.

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