Gameday. The Aggies' hopes of winning a tournament game or two begin today at 11:10 a.m. PDT in San Jose. The Aggies take on the Billikens of Saint Louis, a team that many have selected as a darkhorse to reach the Final Four. The Aggies would like to have something to say about that as they look to pull off a 13-4 upset.
We had a chance to speak briefly with Coach Menzies yesterday after their open practice and he had this to say about the team's mindset, the coaching staff's preparedness after making a third trip to the tournament and also Tyrone Watson's health:
"I think they're comfortable, I think they're ready to play. You always want the best team to win and I think that's going to happen tomorrow, I think whoever the best team is is going to win. I think from our side we're ready to roll. Guys are comfortable, relaxed and prepared. It'll be fun.'
"I think so. I think every year you gain a little experience on how you want to handle the dynamics of the tournament and the pomp and circumstance that comes with the NCAA March Madness. You gain a little knowledge every time you take a trip and hopefully it aids you in being productive."
"He's getting close. The question is is his close better than Renaldo and Remi's good. It's all about the team and about having the most productive players on the floor based off of what we can get out of the guys that are on the floor."
There are a few keys to this game for the Aggies. Number one, take care of the basketball. The Aggies cannot afford to turn the ball over against a Billiken team that averages nearly eight steals per game. In the Billiken's wins they are forcing 15.5 turnovers per game and converting those into 18.8 points. That's just over 27 percent of their scoring. However, in their six losses they've only forced opponents into 12.3 turnovers per game and more importantly just 9.5 points off of those turnovers.
Second, the Aggies need to take care of the glass. The Aggies have an advantage on the boards. Saint Louis is not a great rebounding team averaging 29.6 rebounds per game with a rebounding percentage of just 49.7 percent while the Aggies average 35.1 rebounds per game with a rebounding percentage of 55.3 percent.
Third, the Aggies need to use their length and athleticism to bother the Saint Louis shooters and also disrupt their interior game with the presence of Sim Bhullar and Renaldo Dixon. The Aggies average 5.5 blocks per game and like every other team the Aggies have faced this season, their opponents have not seen a player like Sim Bhullar.
The Aggies' big three of Sim Bhullar, Daniel Mullings and Bandja Sy need to have a good game offensively with Bandja as the x-factor. If Sy scores between 15 and 20 points in the game we feel very strongly that the Aggies will be victorious. Continue Reading This Post >>