When the New Mexico State men’s basketball team takes on top ranked Arizona today it will be just the third time in program history that the Aggies have faced off against a No. 1 ranked team. The Aggies’ three previous meetings came in the 1968-69 season when the Aggies lost to eventual NCAA Champion UCLA in the NCAA Tournament and then during the 1990-91 season when the Aggies faced off twice with No. 1 UNLV, both losses.
“When we scheduled the game we had no idea they’d be number one in the country,” said head coach Marvin Menzies. “We knew they’d be ranked and we knew they’d be in upper echelon for sure but it’s really fortunate for us because of the extra notoriety and PR that you get [playing the No. 1 team].”
In addition to the rare opportunity the Aggies have in front of them in playing the top ranked team in the country, they’re also looking to notch a signature victory in non-conference play and also and perhaps just as importantly, end a three-game losing streak that was most recently added to after a loss on the road at Gonzaga, albeit one that saw them compete well, particularly in the first half. Menzies is hopeful that the positive showing against the Zags will carry over into this showdown. “I think the guys have a little bit more belief and swagger in playing a certain way,” said Menzies. “You get more and more respect and trust as [as a player] when you see the evidence after the games of what the coaches are telling you. If anything it’s evident that they’re following more intently.” Continue Reading This Post >>