New Mexico State Aggies vs. Western Michigan Broncos Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13
Western Michigan Broncos (22-13) at New Mexico State Aggies (24-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 2:00 am (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: New Mexico State Aggies -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New Mexico State Aggies hope to begin the season with a win over the Western Michigan Broncos.
Western Michigan enjoyed a solid 2012-13 campaign with a 22-13 record before reaching the semifinals of the CBI where George Mason ended their season. The Broncos are expected to cause some trouble in the MAC West if they can cut back on excessive turnovers and hope that center Shayne Whittington can come close to duplicating a year where he garnered All MAC honors. Whittington averaged 13 points and nearly nine rebounds but the question is who will give him a hand in the scoring department with Nate Hutcheson and Darius Paul gone and taking over 20 points and ten rebounds with them. The most likely help will come from the backcourt and David Brown who brings eleven points to the table and will try to squeeze out a bit more.
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New Mexico State finished 2012-13 at 24-11 with a trip to the Big Dance and many experts believe that will be their destination once again. Whatever success the Aggies enjoy will revolve around 7-5 center Sim Bhullar who was a force at both ends of the floor. Bhullar averaged ten points on 62% marksmanship and hauled down nearly seven rebounds to go along with nearly 2.5 blocks as a freshmen. Renaldo Dixon adds his 6-10 frame to the frontcourt to give the team a huge presence in the paint at both ends of the floor while Daniel Mullings gives the backcourt some punch with nearly 14 points and five boards. Tshilidzi Nephawe gives the center spot quality depth while 6-8 Remi Barry adds even another big body to the front court to give this team size that few can match.
Interesting match up with a very big and talented New Mexico State squaring off with a not too shabby Western Michigan. Just as intriguing will be Whittington and Bhullar going at it and I think the Broncos might have an edge here. WMU does get to the line and if they don't kill themselves with turnovers they can hang here...