1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Wednesday “Aztecs Basketball–Where Are They Really?”

Posted by on March 6th, 2019  •  0 Comments  • 

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“Aztecs Basketball–Where Are They Now?”

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They play a final home game against Fresno State on Wednesday. There’s a road game still at Nevada before they open Mountain West Conference play.

They are looking at a 20-win season, but still have stretches of streakiness.

You think they have put it all together….but then they got hammered at Utah State. And there are still the bad early season losses…and the stretches of time when their outside shooting deserts them.

Does Coach Brian Dutcher know what he really has with this team heading to the conference tourney?

Dutcher’s quotes:

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Where did the season go…just 1-home game left
Jeremy Hemsley-Devin Watson held up hand a lot of banners over the years.

Our success to the season will be based on 3-games next week in the tourney.

I feel good abou8t our team-winning at Utah State is hard-winning at Nevada.
We’ve gotten better because our defense has gotten better
We are #1 in point allowed and in field goal shooting defense
We must rebound every game
We are sharing the ball much better.

Manage the emotion vs Fresno-this is a real rival-they beat us twice here.
Justin Hutson has done a good job building on what he was given
Emotions will be high because it’s senior night and it is a good rival.

We are playing for the 3-seed-in the MWC tourney and good matchup.
I can sense in our lockeroom about focus-intensity-edginess.
I can demand they get up on defense-play physical on boards.

Conference tourney is a 1-and-done situation-they will be ready to play

We may try some different things at Nevada to see what we can do.

Jeremy is one of my favorites-he plays hard-practices hard
He’s enjoying every minute of his senior year.
Devin Watson came from USF…he’s hard to guard…very smart on floor
Point guards have to pick and choose when they score.
I want him to be confident-aggressive-studies game hard.

We’ve been in the NCAA tourney 7-of-last 9-years-we know what it takes
We like pressure games.

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