West Region - Second Round
San Diego State
(29-4, 16-2 MW)
San Diego State Aztecs
What You Need To Know: The Aztecs showed good resilience after allowing some hiccups during February to roll off their backs. Great at times because of a great team defense, everything started to come together before losing the Mountain West title to New Mexico. Steve Fisher's team is one of the quickest teams in the country, leading to a defense with everyone trusting one another and forcing teams to work for everything on the floor. Offensively, guard Xavier Thames is a game-changer who can take over with his speed and knack for knocking down jumpers with a hand in his face. Also a solid passer, he doesn't try to do too much on the floor. Winston Shepard provides some balance and is more of a slasher, and forward Josh Davis is a strong, focused senior who hits the glass hard and has the skills to be a force offensively when the Aztecs need him to step up his game.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Turnover Margin, Field Goal Percentage Defense
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Assists, Three Point Shooting
New Mexico State
(19-11, 14-6 Big Sky)
New Mexico State Aggies
What You Need To Know: The Aggies won their third straight WAC Tournament to earn their way in. They shoot the ball well, can score in buckets, and they protect the rim on defense. Guard Daniel Mullins is a quality slasher who’s always attacking the basket, and he does a lot of work from the free-throw line. He's a streaky outside shooter, but guard D.K. Eldridge can take up the slack when Mullins has an off-night. Eldridge is a decent three-point shooter and stretches the floor. Head coach Marvin Menzies has great size at his disposal -- GREAT SIZE-- with the duo of 6-10 Tshilidzi Nephawe and 7-5 Sim Bhullar. Nephawe is more polished offensively and creates matchup problems while Bhullar is a shot-blocker extraordinaire who also hits the glass hard.
Strengths: Scoring, Blocked Shots, Field Goal Percentage
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Steals, Turnover Margin