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New Mexico State at Wichita State pregame

Wichita State's Rauno Nurger shoots over Northwood’s Julian Smith during the first half of Saturday's season-opening exhibition game at Koch Arena.
Wichita State's Rauno Nurger shoots over Northwood’s Julian Smith during the first half of Saturday's season-opening exhibition game at Koch Arena. The Wichita Eagle

Friday’s pre-game update

▪  Injuries may rob New Mexico State of some depth. Center Tshilidzi Nephawe may be limited by a foot injury. Tanveer Bhullar and Anthony January didn’t play in Monday’s exhibition game and aren’t expected to play Friday due to ankle injuries.

▪  The Aggies like to change defenses and mix in zones, which won’t bother WSU’s experienced guards. WSU’s newcomers will likely need to play some important minutes and they will need to handle shooting and passing against different looks and athletic defenders.

▪  Turnovers hurt the Aggies last season. They committed 457 and forced 397, near the bottom of the WAC for turnover margin. Even in conference games, the Aggies turned it over more than they took it away.

Kansas.com: WSU’s challenging schedule starts on Friday.

Las Cruces Sun: Aggies guard Daniel Mullings has approval to break the school’s career scoring record.

Las Cruces Sun: Aggies can help their NCAA Tournament case against WSU.

Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico State plays a similar style.

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