Monday, January 27, 2014

UTPA: Three keys unlocked

3-point line: Daniel Mullings pointed out that Texas Pan Am had been shooting well from 3-point range. UTPA hit four 3s each in road victories over Chicago State and UMKC. They made five in the first half against the Aggies and were 8-15 for the game. Hardly a win for the Aggies here, although NMSU was 6-16 from long range and that's with Kevin Aronis limited to 15 minutes after two fouls in the first half.

Defensive approach/changes: NMSU didn't change much defensively, playing man to man even with Aronis replacing Ross Miller in the starting lineup. Ross-Miller got beaten a few times for easy lay ups on defense but he had 6 assists and 1 turnover. I think he's clearly the best point guard on the roster, as when the game got into the second half, Mullings was moved off the ball and Baker and Landry didn't play. And that was against a team that doesn't pressure the Aggies much. Against teams such as Chicago State, Seattle, UMKC, Ross-Miller needs to play better, but I think he needs to be out there.

Limit turnovers: NMSU scored 90 points and only turned the ball over 13 times. Not bad, as I believe anywhere from 10-13 is a good number for them.

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