USU game

USU game

  • I saw USU play in LV against ASU last month and thought they looked pretty solid. I'm just hoping we don't let Merrill go for 30+ like we let Barefield on Saturday night. I think we'll match up well down low against their Portuguese post player.

    I predict at the half either team will have one basket lead and then we'll pull away at the end to win by 12.

  • Discussion
  • I think our key to a win will be controlling the paint and glass. Offensively and defensively.

  • KenPom has their adjusted defenses pretty close to each other (USU at #37, Nevada at #39), but the big differences are in adjusted offense (Nevada at #3, USU at #83) and in their SOS (Nevada at #86, USU at #154).

  • https://www.lawofthejunglenv.com/18-19game14vsusu.html page is up.

    Should be the toughest remaining home game of the season

  • Anybody know if the game is a WHITE OUT or.........

  • renocarson said... (original post)

    Anybody know if the game is a WHITE OUT or.........

    The AD doesn't have anything saying it is a white out.

    As for USU, I've watched them a handful of times. They have worked much better in concert together on offense than under Duryea, and this is their best defensive team since 2011. Queta very well could win Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. He's kind of like a poor man's Mo Bamba. A rare player who can defensive rebound at a good rate and block shots. May end up being the best pro prospect on any current MW roster. He does have a propensity to get into foul trouble, which could be an issue for them given we are one of the best teams in the country at drawing fouls. Merrill looks like a MW first teamer, although I thought he got physically overwhelmed by Houston. John Knight is one of the top athletes in the conference, but plays out of control for large segments of games. He might be a year away from being really dynamic. He might not play because he got in trouble with the coach. They have some other solid players but it seams like they are maybe one more really good player away from taking that next step so that good teams can't take Merrill away. Overall they have some talented pieces, but they are probably middle of the pack from a roster stand point. Smith has gotten more out of this team than maybe any coach in the conference. Future looks promising for them under Smith. This will be an interesting game, and one I think we will try to make a statement given they have the second best overall record in the MWC.

  • packwackthemwc said... (original post)

    The AD doesn't have anything saying it is a white out.

    As for USU, I've watched them a handful of times. They have worked much better in concert together on offense than under Duryea, and this is their best defensive team since 2011. Queta very well could win Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. He's kind of like a poor man's Mo Bamba. A rare player who can defensive rebound at a good rate and block shots. May end up being the best pro prospect on any current MW roster. He does have a propensity to get into foul trouble, which could be an issue for them given we are one of the best teams in the country at drawing fouls. Merrill looks like a MW first teamer, although I thought he got physically overwhelmed by Houston. John Knight is one of the top athletes in the conference, but plays out of control for large segments of games. He might be a year away from being really dynamic. He might not play because he got in trouble with the coach. They have some other solid players but it seams like they are maybe one more really good player away from taking that next step so that good teams can't take Merrill away. Overall they have some talented pieces, but they are probably middle of the pack from a roster stand point. Smith has gotten more out of this team than maybe any coach in the conference. Future looks promising for them under Smith. This will be an interesting game, and one I think we will try to make a statement given they have the second best overall record in the MWC.

    It's too bad Utah State couldn't hang on to McEwen. They might've been top 25 good with him.

    The Houston game was the only one of theirs I've watched so far this year... the Cougars did a great job defending Merrill, but he's still an impressive player. I remember watching him single handedly beat Boise in the MW tournament last year. He'll score in bunches if you let him.

    And I'll admit that I hadn't heard of Queta until watching him. He absolutely jumped off the screen. You don't see many big men, let alone a freshmen, like him in the MW.

  • packwackthemwc said... (original post)

    The AD doesn't have anything saying it is a white out.

    As for USU, I've watched them a handful of times. They have worked much better in concert together on offense than under Duryea, and this is their best defensive team since 2011. Queta very well could win Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. He's kind of like a poor man's Mo Bamba. A rare player who can defensive rebound at a good rate and block shots. May end up being the best pro prospect on any current MW roster. He does have a propensity to get into foul trouble, which could be an issue for them given we are one of the best teams in the country at drawing fouls. Merrill looks like a MW first teamer, although I thought he got physically overwhelmed by Houston. John Knight is one of the top athletes in the conference, but plays out of control for large segments of games. He might be a year away from being really dynamic. He might not play because he got in trouble with the coach. They have some other solid players but it seams like they are maybe one more really good player away from taking that next step so that good teams can't take Merrill away. Overall they have some talented pieces, but they are probably middle of the pack from a roster stand point. Smith has gotten more out of this team than maybe any coach in the conference. Future looks promising for them under Smith. This will be an interesting game, and one I think we will try to make a statement given they have the second best overall record in the MWC.

    USU could have been a really great team had Koby McKwen not transferred to Marquette. Still a really talented team who will probably hold serve at home and split on the road to win 12 MW games.

  • If Jazz hits double figures in scoring we win pretty easily, if not it will be a dogfight.

  • Pretty good first half, up 10 even though we're 3/15 from 3.

    Thurman with 10 points, and a great last minute to the half.

  • Solid win against what’s probably the second best team in the conference. Still a little rough at points offensively, but holy crap, can this team play defense.

  • This win moved us up 14 spots to 25 on the Kenpom defensive efficiency ratings. Crazy to see that kind of movement this far into the season, but we havent had a defensive outing like this in forever. Crazy good game on that side of the ball. .673 points per possession against a solid USU team by my count. Glad to see the guys come out fired up for league play.

  • packwackthemwc said... (original post)

    The AD doesn't have anything saying it is a white out.

    As for USU, I've watched them a handful of times. They have worked much better in concert together on offense than under Duryea, and this is their best defensive team since 2011. Queta very well could win Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. He's kind of like a poor man's Mo Bamba. A rare player who can defensive rebound at a good rate and block shots. May end up being the best pro prospect on any current MW roster. He does have a propensity to get into foul trouble, which could be an issue for them given we are one of the best teams in the country at drawing fouls. Merrill looks like a MW first teamer, although I thought he got physically overwhelmed by Houston. John Knight is one of the top athletes in the conference, but plays out of control for large segments of games. He might be a year away from being really dynamic. He might not play because he got in trouble with the coach. They have some other solid players but it seams like they are maybe one more really good player away from taking that next step so that good teams can't take Merrill away. Overall they have some talented pieces, but they are probably middle of the pack from a roster stand point. Smith has gotten more out of this team than maybe any coach in the conference. Future looks promising for them under Smith. This will be an interesting game, and one I think we will try to make a statement given they have the second best overall record in the MWC.

    This aged well.