Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chicago State: Three keys and a prediction

Coaches are nervous about every game, especially road games. I think the unknown factor that Chicago State and UMKC present are real, but not significant.

NMSU should extend its win streak tonight with an 89-65 victory.

Take care of the ball: The Aggies only turned the ball over nine times against Seattle's pressure and Chicago State doesn't use its press to score off of like Seattle does. The Aggies only turn the ball over 13.7 times per game, but as I've said before, turnovers are one way to keep an inferior team in the game.

Attack the interior: Chicago State has one player with size and 6-9 Matt Ross is more of a big man who would rather play on the perimeter. It doesn't appear as Chicago State likes to defend at all, and offensively they play slow. Chicago State is getting out scored by almost 20 points per game, giving up nearly 80 points per game and teams are shooting 47 percent against them, 51 percent on two point field goals. I think Chili Nephawe in the post, and Daniel Mullings, getting to the lane, could be in for big games.

Avoid foul trouble: Ross could be a difficult matchup for the Aggies when Nephawe is the only post player in the game for the Aggies. I don't think Sim Bhullar will play this weekend, so it's another game where if Nephawe and Renaldo Dixon can stay on the court, Chicago State just doesn't have the size to compete.

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