In the newest episode of the WAC Hoops Digest Podcast, GCU insider Paul Coro jumps on to talk Lopes basketball.
GCU is off to a 10-3 start under first-year head coach Bryce Drew. The Lopes are also 4-0 in WAC play after sweeping weekend series at Tarleton State and at Dixie State. Currently, GCU is on a 6-game winning streak. Wichita State transfer Asbjørn Midtgaard has been a huge part of that success.
Coro delves into what the big man’s game and his skill set. Perhaps the Wichita State faithful are watching Midtgaard and wondering why he never got a shot with the Shockers. Coro believes that Midtgaard is the difference-maker on the interior that the Lopes haven’t had. It gives Alessandro Lever a chance to be more of a stretch-4 and also gives the Lopes a rim protector.
According to Coro, Gabe McGlothan is the energizer bunny off the bench. McGlothan is physical and attacks the boards. In fact, it was offensive rebounding in the first game against Dixie State that really made the difference in the Lopes’ win. McGlothan, Sean Miller-Moore, and Even Chance McMillian are keys to the Lopes depth under Bryce Drew.
But, all roads lead through New Mexico State. According to Coro, the Lopes aren’t taking the Aggies lightly despite all the challenges the Aggies have had to face this season. Keep an eye on the guard play between Evan Gilyard and Jovan Blacksher Jr. Coro believes Aggie fans will be justified in saying this series didn’t matter because the Aggies weren’t at full strength. If GCU were in the same position, Coro would believes GCU fans would say the same thing.
Something has to give on Friday and Saturday in Phoenix. Will the Aggies get their first Division I win of the 2020-21 season? Or perhaps GCU snaps an 8-game losing streak to the Aggies. Either way, it will be a battle and a fun one in front of 900 GCU Havocs.
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