Thursday, February 6, 2014

Idaho: Three keys and a prediction

New Mexico State has three of the top 4 largest margins of victory so far and the Aggies 24-point victory over Idaho in the first meeting this year is the largest of them all.

Idaho just isn't a good offensive team. Unless the Aggies have a horrible night on that end of the floor, I think the Aggies win 84-70

Road win: Daniel Mullings said the Aggies two road losses were a result of the Aggies not taking those teams seriously. He said he hated it resulted in losses, but that it was wakeup call. Other players and coaches have said as much as well, but tonight is NMSU's first road game since dropping games at Chicago State and UMKC.

Contain Stephen Madison/Connor Hill: These are the Vandals two players you have to account for. It was obvious in the first game as well that Idaho wants to play through Madison. He was 3-11 from the field and 0-2 on 3s for nine points. Hill had Mullings defending him for much of the game and finished 2-5 from 3 point range. Outside of those two players, Idaho's next scorer is Glen Dean with 11. 5 points per game.

Rebounds/Turnovers: Limiting turnovers is always a key for this team and it's always a key on the road. Idaho only scores 67 points per game so the Aggies can't give them free offense with turnovers. NMSU is coming off a 31-17 rebounding edge over Utah Valley. The Aggies out rebounded Idaho by five in the first game.

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