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Breakdown: Fresno State vs. SMU
Fresno St. (1-1) vs. SMU (1-1) FRESNO STATE Position Breakdown SMU PG: Steven Shepp (6-2, 180, Sr.) vs. Jeremiah Samarrippas (5-10, 160, So.) Jeremiah Samarrippas enters his second season as the Mustang's starting point guard. Last season he scored 7.4 points, and 3.3 assists per game. Samarrippas is a threat from the three-point line, shooting 39% from beyond the arc last season. Shepp provides a solid presence for the Bulldogs, but SMU will be depending on Samarrippas to be a key scoring factor to have success. Advantage: SMU SG: Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. London Giles (6-3, 185, Jr.) London Giles, a Nevada transfer, is now eligible to play for SMU. He will have the task of lining up against the Bulldogs' key player Kevin Olekaibe. Olekaibe scored 18 and 19 points in the first two games, despite struggling from the three-point line the last two games. He appears to be getting back on track though, after making three, three-pointers in the second half versus Stanford. Advantage: Fresno State SF: Jonathan Wills (6-6, 185, Sr.) vs. Aliaksei Patsevich (6-4, 200, Sr.) Aliaksei Patsevich saw limited action in his first season with SMU after transferring from junior college. Clearinghouse issues delayed his debut, and he played in the final 16 games, averaging just 1.5 points per game. Patsevich steps into a much bigger role this season. Wills is in his second season as a starter, and comes off an 11 point, 7 rebound performance. Advantage: Fresno State PF: Kevin Foster (6-8 230, Jr.) vs. Jalen Jones (6-6, 210, Fr.) Kevin Foster appears to be close to full speed after suffering an off-season injury. Foster will have a chance to play his most minutes of the short season, and should stay out of foul trouble facing a smaller team. Foster could be primed to have a breakout game. The true freshman, Jones, has impressed early, averaging 13.5 points in the Mustangs first two games. Advantage: Fresno State C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 210, So.) vs. Robert Nyakundi (6-8, 220, Sr.) Robert Nyakundi is the lone SMU returner who averaged double digit points last season. Nyakundi averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, and shot an impressive 49.7% on 195 three point attempts. However, he will be heavily relied upon to play in the post and must avoid getting into foul trouble. SMU's success relies directly on the performance of Nyakundi. Advantage: SMU Benches Both teams' lack of depth and size were critical in first round losses in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Neither team can afford their key players to get into foul trouble. Fresno State has the upper hand in experience though, as none of the Mustang's bench players were active for SMU last season. Advantage: Fresno State Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Matt Doherty Despite stints as the head coach of Notre Dame and North Carolina, Doherty has had trouble having success at SMU. In his sixth season with the Mustangs, he comes off his lone winning season, and post-season appearance in the CIT. While Doherty struggled at SMU, Terry was enjoying the success of being at the state's premier basketball school: the Texas Longhorns. Advantage: SMU Intangibles Fresno State at times played loose Monday night. You can see the young ‘Dogs gaining confidence in their style of play. Advantage: Fresno State Final Analysis/Prediction: SMU is not Stanford. As long as the Bulldogs continue to play hard and fast, they will cause turnovers and create offensive opportunities. But at some, Fresno State has to start making shots. Olekaibe is poised for a solid shooting night from the outside. Will it be Tuesday night? PREDICTION: Fresno State 62, SMU 58 Follow @BB_C Discuss in BarkBoard.com Forums. If you have not by now, subscribe to BarkBoard.com. Click HERE to get access to the members-only content from BB.C and the nation-wide Scout.com network. ©Copyright 2011, BarkBoard.com and Scout.com. All rights reserved.
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