1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Thursday

Posted by on February 15th, 2024  •  0 Comments  • 


That was a statement game, San Diego’s State explosive come from behind win, crushing Colorado State.
It put SDSU back in the Mountain West race with 3-weeks left in the conference season heading towards the MWC tourney

State flashed its fierce brand of defense that wrecked the Rams, who had a 14-point lead.
Jaedon LeDee put on a power forward show, shooting, rebounding, passing.

For the first time, the mass of guys off the bench played their best game collecrively, wave after wave of bigs coming off the bench.

It was an amazing display both front and back court.  Next up comes 20-win New Mexico with its high powered guards on Friday night.

In a sense, it is a chance of ‘payback’ after the 4-road beatings SDSU suffeered on the road.  Now State looks different, feels different, and may play different at the most important time of the year.

We know about LeDee, and now we know State has a ton of fouls to give if the rest of their ‘bigs’ show up and play that way again.

That was special, that was a statement game for the fans and coach Brian Dutcher.

Coach Brian Dutcher:

Spectacular 2nd half vs Colorado State
That was dominant..we took it to them…took it from them
Here comes New Mexico

Jalen House-New Mexico so fast dynamic-gets downhill
Shoots 3-willing passer-gets to basket
He plays animated-plays to the crowd
Contain him with our guards-impact him and his ability
Dynamic-emotional player

Survived bad starts last couple of games
We took physical control by going big in lineup
We constantly in self examination as to why we are not productive early

Refs-not worry about what is being called-not called
Play beyond the refs calls and adjust

Jaedon LeDee played so well at different positions and survived fouls

Jay Pal created 2nd chance opportunities using his length
Our bigs played so tough inside
We are going deep into the bench to get minutes and fouls to give

New Mexico only win in this building in 2-years
Our players know that

Hard winning on the road…in MWC
Lost leads on road-have not won on the road
Deepest-best Mountain West season ever seen
7-teams are within 1-game of 1st place
Venues are so tough to go ito

LeDee-he plays the right way…knows he will not score off double team
We knew how good he could be..now country knows
He is big-strong..moves his feet..not just an upper body game

Everyone gives him their best…double-front him..push him
He fouled two of them out in CSU game

Time to move on from Colorado State-focus on New Mexico.


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