Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Mexico Preview

New Mexico-
Pomeroy Ranking- 36th
Record- 22-11 (12-4)
Quality Wins- BYU, San Diego St., Utah
Bad Losses- Central Florida, Drake, Wyoming
Common Opponents- None

Key Players-
#32 Tony Danridge- 6'5", 215 lbs.- 15.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG
#30 Roman Martinez- 6'6", 180 lbs.- 10.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 41.9% 3PA
#53 Daniel Faris- 6'9", 245 lbs.- 12.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG

Scouting Report-
Don't allow offensive rebounds (11th).
They foul a lot, giving opponents nearly a free throw for each two shots attempted (330th).
Don't get shots blocked or the ball stolen (17th and 15th), two things the Irish don't do well anyways.

Also, a reminder that after the Irish play their last game I will have a Season in Review and Look Forward to Next Season. Here's to a couple more weeks before I have to write those.


Craig said...

And the big thing you left out is, they shoot threes really, really well (with four different players over 40% from behind the arc), and conversely are very poor at defending three point shots.

I'm expecting bombs away from both teams. NM shoots a relatively high percentage all over the floor (not just from deep), so I expect we'll have some trouble guarding them.

BlackandGreen said...

Good point. Jonathan Wills has only taken 24 attempts, so his 42% may be a little skewed. Dairese Gary may take one or two, but Martinez and Chad Toppert are the guys to watch. However, I would have more faith in Ayers and Mac (should they get open looks) in a shootout.

They go ten deep, so we will have to be prepared for a war of attrition. However, if Harangody can outplay Faris on the block and someone can guard the slasher Danridge, the rest of the Lobos are pretty perimeter oriented.