Here are Tom Crean's initial thoughts on New Mexico State.
"I know that Marvin Menzies is a very good coach. He has a great background. He had a lot of success with Rick Pitino. We think we'll see a team that plays an up-tempo system. They're averaging over 76, 77, 78 points a game right now. They won 26 games, I believe. Anybody that does this for a living knows the better players and Wendell McKines is one of the better players, not only on the west coast but certainly in the country. He is 6-6, I believe he has had 20 double-doubles; he is averaging a double-double," Crean said.
"They have a couple of things that stand out about them that make them really unique. Certainly it is something we are partial to because we work really hard to get to the foul line; I can't remember a team that averages 30 free-throw attempts just like they do. That is an incredible number. And they average almost 15 offensive rebounds. So they are relentless, aggressive. I've seen them in bits and pieces; certainly we haven't studied them like we are going to tonight. I've seen them over a period of time and they are a relentless team. An absolutely relentless team. They get guys that come from different parts of the country and they mesh into a very good team. I have a lot of respect for the WAC."