SFA / New Mexico State (2)

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nacluth
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SFA (20-8, 12-4) vs. New Mexico State (23-5, 13-3)

WHEN: MAR 2 (WED) 8:00P.M.
WHERE: Pan American Center (Las Cruces, NM)
WATCH: ESPN+


It is March! The time of year that every Lumberjack fan dreams of. Dreams of glories past, of banners to come, of tournament wins, and Sweet Sixteens. It is that time of year again, and the Lumberjacks have put themselves in the position to make all their dreams (and yours!) come true.

The message is simple: win the two games this week and you're WAC Champions. No ifs, ands, or buts.

WAC Vegas tournament seeding is a completely different matter. Regardless of what the Jacks do, it is unlikely (though not impossible) of improving past the 3 seed. But we can hang a banner - and these guys want that banner. To accomplish the Jacks' dreams, they will have to do one thing that's never been done before: win a conference game in the Pan Am Center against a Chris Jans led team (30-0). But don't tell the Jacks it can't be done.

In the first match-up in Nacogdoches, the up and down Lumberjacks had just bested first place Grand Canyon only to not find any rhythm against the Aggies. Teddy Allen was the stuff of nightmares going 26 and 7 while Sir'Jabari Rice backed him up with 21 pts, 8 reb, and 4 stl. Combined they hit 11 three pointers. Gavin Kensmil meanwhile scored 8 points and 4 rebounds on a miserable day inside. Hall led all SFA scorers with 14.

This is not the same Jacks team. That team would suffer another loss in Seattle before coming together with a new strategic plan that would allow them to roll off eight straight wins. Kensmil and Solomon are reenergized, but behind them are four freshmen that are doing significant work. Kalcheries, Hawkins, and Nana have all taken significant steps back in their roles while the hustle of the rookies are finding cracks in the other teams defenses. Posey, Hall, Jossell, and Tezeno all were huge on Saturday making sure ACU did not get them off their stride. Youth is pulling this season up.

The Aggies are old (some look downright geriatric) and tall. Their length really made SFA struggle the first time around. And they do not foul. This has been a tough combo for the Jacks. The key to this game is not forcing our big men to do everything. It will still be a full time battle on the inside, and we must win the war in the paint, but Jacks guards must hit their open looks and defend. We cannot give up 14 made threes again and expect to win. We must shut down the perimeter and force them to go through Gavin and Calvin.

It's going to be a tight game. It's going to be hopping at the Pan Am Center since COVID restrictions were just eliminated. It's going to be a dogfight by two winning programs that know that a championship hangs in the balance. It's going to take a team that's ready to chop some hardwood.

Axe 'em Jacks!
Ryan
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No-look
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Excellent write up! Let's do this!!!
TallTexan
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Gameday! Let's go!
KirkHeath12
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SFA is a 6 point underdog today
Class of 2012
Axe Em
Rev007
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Take the 6 and make a huge paycheck!!!
jboy93
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Looking at the box score from the first game, we have to do a better job with our 3 pt defense and can NOT get dominated on the boards (47 to 29)! We do better with these two and we WIN! GO JACKS!
jboy93
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The betting world has literally taken over sports. Everything that you find on this game deals with betting! I guess I like my money too much! I'll support like crazy but not ready for the betting!
SFA Jack Fanatic
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jboy93 said:

The betting world has literally taken over sports. Everything that you find on this game deals with betting! I guess I like my money too much! I'll support like crazy but not ready for the betting!


Smart man. If betting was easy everyone would be a millionaire, like getting manna from Heaven (Hell?).
Sportsbook people use sophicated programs and insider information to set these betting lines. (Stating the obvious.) They're not in business to lose.
TallTexan
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jboy93 said:

Looking at the box score from the first game, we have to do a better job with our 3 pt defense and can NOT get dominated on the boards (47 to 29)! We do better with these two and we WIN! GO JACKS!
We also need Teddy Allen not to play an insane game again. He couldn't miss that night, even when the defense was there.
jboy93
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TallTexan said:

jboy93 said:

Looking at the box score from the first game, we have to do a better job with our 3 pt defense and can NOT get dominated on the boards (47 to 29)! We do better with these two and we WIN! GO JACKS!
We also need Teddy Allen not to play an insane game again. He couldn't miss that night, even when the defense was there.
Totally agree!
jboy93
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Per a New Mexico State forum, there seems to be some kind of issue between Allen and Jans. This was from Feb 26th. Haven't read the whole thing but could be an issue.
SFAXE93
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AXE'EM JACKS! I'M PUMPED!

BigJack85
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Axe 'Em Jacks
SFAXE93
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Found my post from Feb. 4

Looking at the schedule, I'm still thinking outside chance of winning the WAC regular season.

DIXIE STATE
@CHICAGO STATE
CHICAGO STATE
@LAMAR
SAM HOUSTON
ABILENE CHRISTIAN
@NEW MEXICO STATE (This one will be tough as the Aggies handled SFA pretty good in Nacogdoches)
@UTRGV

Believe!
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Don't know what we will do tonight but we are a lot better team and more balanced than the first meeting
TallTexan
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jboy93 said:

Per a New Mexico State forum, there seems to be some kind of issue between Allen and Jans. This was from Feb 26th. Haven't read the whole thing but could be an issue.
He was on the bench at the end of the Chicago St game.
jboy93
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TallTexan said:

jboy93 said:

Per a New Mexico State forum, there seems to be some kind of issue between Allen and Jans. This was from Feb 26th. Haven't read the whole thing but could be an issue.
He was on the bench at the end of the Chicago St game.
They said that he and the coach had some words and he was benched!
No-look
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Popcorn almost ready
nacluth
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Derrick starting.
nacluth
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D playing good
nacluth
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Solid start.
Jyank24
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They're letting them play tonight..lets hope these refs stay consistent. It feels like a basketball game tonight
jboy93
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Is Soloman that hard to say?!
nacluth
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McCants jumped to draw the charge for the second on Kensmil.
nacluth
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We got a weak charge on Allen to offset it.
jboy93
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I didn't know the Progressive Caveman played basketball?
No-look
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Stuck on 12. Need some outside shooters in game
nacluth
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What about Nana?
Jyank24
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This is a fun game so far, if we can get some perimeter looks to drop our inside game can open up
nacluth
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Halfway through the first, not much rhythm. Kensmil playing with two fouls - a risk.
nacluth
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Having a hard time controlling the rim.
No-look
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Why can't we hit a stinking free throw?? Cheze
nacluth
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Hawkins loves to foul.
nacluth
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Not surprising a bad last minute, but otherwise a decent half.
No-look
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Free throws the difference. We made two they made nine. We suffer when Kensmil not in there
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