Friday, February 26, 2010

Saturday's WAC matchups

Idaho at Louisiana Tech
7 p.m. CST
No longer in the hunt for the regular season WAC championship, LA Tech (21-7, 8-5 WAC) may have to battle to stay in the top four. Reportedly Kyle Gibson suffered an ankle injury in the Bulldogs surprising loss to Boise State – let's hope it's not serious. Gibson's status as a Player-of-the-Year candidate have dimmed in recent weeks. Despite Idaho's (13-14, 4-9) big loss to New Mexico State on Wednesday, the Vandals still have a lot of weapons. I expect the Bulldogs to pull this one out as Idaho is on the second leg of the killer Las Cruces/Rustin road trip.

Boise State at New Mexico State
7 p.m. MST
ESPN360, AggieVision, KTVB-Boise
The Aggies (18-9, 10-3) played their best basketball of the season at Pacific and at home against Idaho. The Broncos (13-15, 3-10) went a long way towards punching their ticket to the WAC tournament by upsetting LA Tech Thursday in Rustin. Unless NMSU (18-9, 10-3) comes out flat on senior night, the Aggies' talent and depth will take care of a road weary Boise State team.

Fresno State at San Jose State
7 p.m. PST
This promises to be a hard-fought battle. Fresno State (14-15, 6-7) will try to ride the talent of Paul George (17.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Sylvester Seay (14.9 ppg, 6.0 rgp) to victory, but San Jose's (13-14, 5-8) Adrian Oliver (23.3 ppg) is making a serious push to be WAC Player of the Year. This ESPNU game should be well worth watching.

Nevada at Hawai'i
7 p.m. Hawai'i time
Comcast Sportsnet California. KFVE, KAME-TV 21
Nevada (17-10, 9-4) seems to be able to pull out close wins in the final minutes – at least against WAC opponents. Hawai'i (9-18, 2-11) has had a host of problems this year and has the inside track at missing the WAC tournament. Nevada has it's eyes set on taking the No. 2 seed in the tournament. This one may be closer that anyone expects, but Nevada will most likely be ahead at the final buzzer.


Unknown said...

It would be nice to see Hawaii get a win tonite, especially over Nevada. Also nice would be a nine or ten game win streak for the Aggies. They can do it if they can step up their defense and rebounding.

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