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12/5 Basketball Preview

(2-3) (4-3)

Moby Arena 6PM MT TV: NONE

Both teams are not very good, but somebody has to win this game. Neither team can score as the Rams average 63 while Denver only scores 58 per game. The Rams do have more scorers then Denver does, and the leading scorer for Denver is David Kummer who scores 12 per game but also plays 39 minutes per game. For a guy who plays that much he should be scoring at least 15-18 per game. The Pioneers also are sloppy with the ball with 18 turnovers per game and 1/1.3 assist to turnover ratio. They are however efficient by averaging 1.5 points per shot which is pretty good. These teams have both lost to similar opponents in Northern Colorado, which means these teams are both not good. Look for the Rams to win because they are at home and that is the only reason.


Moody Coliseum 7:05 PM CT TV: NONE

SMU is just terrible they have lost to Alabama State, Southern, Centenary, and the ones they won were against Paul-Quinn(who?) and University of Texas-San Antonio. TCU is better then SMU and has improved so far from last years team and should rebound after losing to Texas Tech and Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs do score a lot of points at 77 per game and like to run, so for SMU to get a chance to beat their rival is to slow the game down and concentrate on their possessions as well as protecting the ball.


Walkup Skydome 6:35PM MT TV: LAS VEGAS ONE

The Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona have yet to really beat anybody and when they do play someone they lose, such as loses to Kansas and Arizona. UNLV is the superior team here, but remember just last week UNLV loss to UCSB on the road so the Rebels better be prepared. However this NAU team is not near the level of UCSB, for starters they are sloppy with the ball by coughing it up 18 times per game while the Rebels only do that 12 times a game. On offense the Lumberjacks are efficient even with those turnovers, but if they can limit those then they do have a decent shot of knocking off the Rebels. If the Rebels are to prove that they are for real and getting back in the national spot light then the need to destroy this team. Wink Adams has struggled early and is not even the teams leading scorer anymore, but the Rebels need someone to step up to be a dominant player. Rebels should win if they play a press tight defense and force turnovers and get easy scores.


Marriott Center 7:30PM MT TV: NONE

A local game here when Weber State travels the 80 miles to Provo from Ogden for this matchup. For starters the Cougars do not lose at home, and Trent Plaisted has finally come into his own and should dominate most games. Weber State rose to the top of the Big Sky but this year they have struggled losing to teams as Youngstown State and others on that level. The Wildcats do have Arturas Valeika who is their best player who scores 12 points and gets 10 boards per game and could pose a threat to Trent Plaisted down low. Weber will have its hands full because BYU can score points and Weber does not, so look for BYU to dominate this game and use it for a warmup before they play Michigan State.

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Huntsman Center 8PM MT TV:

This game is always intense between the Utes and Aggies. The Aggies so far have been underachieving by normal standards under Stew Morrill. However the last two games the Aggies defeated a Santa Clara team that dominated the Utes and defeated Iowa by 13 on the road so the Ags may have turned the corner. Too bad CSTV didnt pick this one up because the last few games in this series have been exciting, especially last years 3 point win by Utah State. The Utes have been showing more of a defensive presence this year and must try to shut down Jaycee Carroll. Carroll is their leading player who came back after he decided to test the NBA Draft waters last summer. The Utes have more scoring options then the Aggies, and the Aggies are not as good a shooting team and that could help the Utes with their improved defense overall. Basically the game comes down for Utah State if Jaycee Carroll can light up the gym. This game is always too close to call, but I will go with the home team on this game but I would not be surprised if the Ags win