Aztecs Improvement hard to see at times Feb 6, 2019 11:15:26 GMT -8
Post by mfaulkhof2011 on Feb 6, 2019 11:15:26 GMT -8
This definitely is one of the most frustrating seasons in a while. I also can hardly see the improvement but it is there. In the pre-game radio it was highlighted that since the start of January we were in the top 25 in defense nationally. It might have to do with playing the soft part of our MWC schedule but that is improvement. McDaniels has definitely improved this season and was a beast in the 1st half last night.
After a night to let it settle in, it must be remembered that we do not ever play well at altitude and I believe that is why we wilted in the 2nd half. McDaniels emptied the tank in the first half scoring 17 to keep us in it and looked a step slow in the 2nd half. I also don't think having to travel back from San Jose Sunday, then get on a flight Monday and then play at 5000 feet Tuesday was easy. Ultimately they shot a great percentage and we did not so they won. We'll take them down in the MWC tourney if we play on a neutral floor with refs not influenced by a home crowd.
However, having said all this my thought is that Saturday is our season (#1). My belief is if we want any chance to get a 5 seed in the MWC tournament we must win this game because our schedule gets much tougher from here on out. Of course we are going to need some other key victories as well since we currently sit at 5-4. I personally am making a special effort to be at this home game. We need the 12,414 for this one or as close to it as possible.
Here's my best guess:
Utah St: Win
@csu: loss because we can't win on the road at altitude
NEV: Loss(too tough this year and much more depth than they had last year)
@utah St: loss as this will be a tough road back to back SAT/Tues deal
FSU: Win(this is the one that hopefully gets us to the 5 seed and probably our season #2)
@nev: Loss(probably get drilled here)
This gets us to 10-8 in conference. Not sure it will be enough but hopefully in the Mountain Worst and Nevada we all knock each other off and Utah St., FSU, and Nevada win out except when they play us to muddy up the waters for the rest of the also rans.
Then we need to find lightning in a bottle for 3 days. We've done it before. Go Aztecs!!!