Sunday, August 4, 2013

NMSU 2013-14 schedule: Nov. 11 Game 3 @ Hawaii

Game 3
@ Hawaii

Last season: 17-15, 10-8 (Lost first round Big West to Irvine; Lost CIT first round to Air Force)

Key returner (s): Christian Standhardinger, 6-8 sr. PF, senior guard Brandon Spearman 

Something to watch: This will be the Aggies best test in Hawaii, playing a true road game early on against a solid Hawaii team. Gib Arnold and Marvin Menzies are familiar with each other from Hawaii's WAC days and former San Jose State guard Keith Shamburger joins the team after sitting out last year. It's also a matchup of two very good rebounding teams. Hawaii ranked 25th in the country last year in rebounding margin.
"Something that Gib was trying to focus on this year is shoring up the guard rotation," said Brian McInnis, Hawaii beat writer for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  "They tried to beat teams on the glass last year. They were a very good rebounding team and when they won, that was usually why. They talked about trying to push it in transition more because they think they are deeper in the guard position."
Hawaii is not as deep in the frontcourt however, but undersized Nebraska transfer Christian Standhardinger (6-8, 15 ppg, 8 rpg 32 starts) and 6-8 sophomore Isaac Fotu (10 ppg, 6 rpg, Big West Freshman of the Year) are active in the paint. 
McKinnis said freshman wing Michael Thomas and JC guard Garrett Nevels are two newcomers who could contribute.

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