Breakdown: Fresno State vs. New Mexico

Marvelle Harris

Fresno State is in the final stretch of conference play during its first year in the Mountain West. The last place Bulldogs face first place New Mexico Wednesday evening on Ag Night. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State 8-14 (2-7) vs. No. 19 New Mexico 20-4 (7-2)

PG: Aaron Anderson (6-3, 190, Fr.) vs. Kendall Williams (6-4, 185, Jr.)

Kendall Williams was held out of the last matchup due to disciplinary reasons. The junior leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game to go along with 4.7 assists per game. Fresno State has employed a point guard by committee approach, with Aaron Anderson and Allen Huddleston splitting minutes while turning to others for spot minutes.

Advantage: New Mexico

SG: Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Hugh Greenwood (6-3, 205, So.)

Kevin Olekaibe's momentum came to a screeching halt Saturday. After two big scoring nights reminiscent of his 2011-2012 season averaging 17.8 points, Olekaibe shot just 2-11 against San Diego State. Hugh Greenwood has averaged 12 points in his last four games at a 63% clip. The shooting guard is second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game.

Advantage: New Mexico

SF: Tyler Johnson (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Tony Snell (6-7, 200, Jr.)

Tyler Johnson ranks eighth in scoring in Mountain West play at 14.4 points per game. Tony Snell is New Mexico's leading scorer in conference play at 12.6 points per game, but has scored over seven points just once in his last five games.

Advantage: Fresno State

PF: Kevin Foster (6-8, 230, Sr.) vs. Cameron Bairstow (6-9, 250, Jr.)

Cameron Bairstow has stepped up from being a compliment to center Alex Kirk to being a scoring threat himself. The forward is getting more touches recently, averaging 12.8 points in his last four games. Kevin Foster's inconsistent play could lead to more minutes for newly eligible Braeden Anderson.

Advantage: New Mexico

C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 220, Jr.) vs. Alex Kirk (7-0, 250, So.)

Alex Kirk went off for 19 points and 14 rebounds against the Bulldogs earlier this year. The 7-foot, 250-pound center creates problems for any defense, averaging 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in conference play. It will be a tough task for Fresno State who will be without their own 7-footer in Robert Upshaw who sits out his last game of a three game suspension.

Advantage: New Mexico

Benches:

New Mexico gets the majority of their scoring from their balanced starting lineup with guard Demetrius Walker and forward Chad Adams first off the bench. Fresno State will turn to guards Marvelle Harris and Allen Huddleston, as well as forward Braeden Anderson who scored 12 points in his second game since gaining eligibility.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Steve Alford

Steve Alford is in his sixth season in New Mexico with a 146-50 record. Alford has taken the Lobos to the postseason in the previous five seasons and has the team ranked 19th nationally. New Mexico is in position for a third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four seasons. Rodney Terry is 21-34 in his second season.

Advantage: New Mexico

Intangibles:

New Mexico hasn't been at their best on the road. The 20-4 Lobos are just 5-3 on the road. Four of the five wins were by five points or less, with their biggest margin of victory coming at Indiana State by nine points in overtime. Fresno State will look to home court advantage to help against a nationally ranked opponent. The ‘Dogs last win versus a ranked team came in 2002 against Oklahoma State.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction: This game will look a lot different than the two teams' matchup in January, with New Mexico's Kendall Williams and Fresno State's Tyler Johnson and Kevin Foster available. Fresno State plays it close, but the balanced, well coach Lobos won't drop a conference game to the eighth place Bulldogs.

PREDICTION: New Mexico 62, Fresno State 55



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