Aggie cross country senior Courtney Schultz will race for the final time today at 10:00 a.m. (MT) when the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship meet is run. For Schultz it's a chance to fulfill her goal of becoming an All-American. For that to happen she'll have to finish in the Top 40. At the midway point in last year's race she was in the Top 30 and stood 34th with 1,000 meters to go before running out of gas.
No matter what happens today it will mark the end of an illustrious career for Schultz who will go down in history as one of the greatest athletes in New Mexico State history and should be a sure first ballot hall of famer.
Today's race will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
The Aggie men's basketball team is back in action this afternoon as they take on Bucknell in the 2K Sports Classic. The Bison, a team noted for taking down big name opponents in the NCAA Tournament, is off to a 3-0 start with wins over Purdue, fellow giant killer George Mason and Niagara who the Aggies will face on Sunday.
This will be another big test for the Aggie big men as they go up against 6'11" senior center Mike Muscala who logged one of the finest stat lines you'll see all season. Muscala finished with18 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots.
The Bison are an efficient team offensively (as are the Aggies) and against Niagara the Bison overaged a whopping 1.35 points per possession. The Bison have been hot shooting the ball from deep over the past two games as they went 7-for-12 against George Mason and 9-of-18 against Niagara. The other thing that sticks out is the Bison have shot the ball well from the free throw line and they've gotten there quite a bit shooting 76 free throws in three games (25.3 per game) converting 77.6 percent. As was the case last season the Aggies are also getting to the free throw line at a high rate, through two games averaging 29 free throw attempts per game and connecting on 69 percent. That should make the free throw battle a wash on paper which means the Aggies may need to find an advantage somewhere else.
The Bison are a smaller team than the Aggies with Muscala really the only Bison player with size. This is where the Aggies could find their advantage, in the paint. The Aggies can throw big bodies at the Bison all game long and perhaps wear them down physically. The Aggies should hold an advantage on the boards and offensive rebounds will be key given the Aggies' size advantage inside.
This is a chance for a very good resume building win for the Aggies. We expect Bucknell to try to slow this game down and keep it in the mid to upper 60's. If the Aggies can force tempo in this game they have a very good chance of winning this game. If the game is played at a slower pace, that would likely favor the Bison.
The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio also available via Aggie Access (subscription required).
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