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The Daily Aggie :: 11/08/07

Tonight the Aggie volleyball team is in Ruston, LA to take on the Lady Techsters. Louisiana Tech is 1-14 in conference play and 6-22 overall. The Aggies should come away with an easy win tonight. As our volleyball expert Mel mentioned in her blog yesterday, the match will be streamed live on the Internet at LaTechTV.com for free. The volleyball team has already locked up the #2 seed in next week's WAC Volleyball Tournament which is being held in the Pan American Center. From looking at the current standings and with only a couple matches left, it appears that the Aggies will face Fresno State in the quarterfinals. The Aggies also face Fresno State on Sunday for Senior Night to close the regular season.

If you missed the news last night, Gardner-Webb shocked #22 Kentucky AT Rupp Arena. Not only did they beat them, they beat them soundly 84-68. Gardner-Webb jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. UK was never within less than seven points. The difference between Gardner-Webb's win and Grand Valley State and Findlay's wins? This one counts against the record. The Aggies open the season tomorrow night and just like we've been saying for the past week or so, the Aggies better bring their 'A' game against Ohio. Last night's win by Gardner-Webb is just another bullet point in our argument.

In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out our first interview of the 07/08 season with Aggie women's basketball head coach Darin Spence. The Aggies open up the season tomorrow, also on the road, against UC-Irvine. The Aggies and Anteaters have split their past two meetings, with each team winning on their opponents home court.

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/07/07

Before we get started, we're pleased to announce that we'll be interviewing Coach Darin Spence all throughout the 2007/2008 women's basketball season. We believe that the girls are poised for a run at the WAC title this season. We have always been big fans of Coach Spence and are firm believers that he'll get the Aggie women's hoops program turned around. If you're unfamiliar with Coach Spence's career, he's compiled a 317-80 record before coming to NMSU, that's almost an 80% winning percentage. During six seasons at Cowley County Community College he compiled a 171-26 record for an astounding 87% winning percentage. The guy can flat out coach. Despite his struggles at NMSU, he's managed to lead the girls to the WAC conference tournament championship game in each of the first two seasons of NMSU being in the WAC. The girls would have won the game last season against Boise State had it not been for some untimely misses at the free throw line and some incredibly questionable officiating. Those of you who were at the championship game as we were know exactly what we're talking about. Anyway, we think three things will happen this season, one, the Aggies will finally snap UNM's string of wins in the rivalry series, two the Aggies will finish in the top three regular season and three, the Aggies will compete in a postseason tournament.

We'd like to extend a congratulations to Aggie volleyball assistant coach Ashlee Hardee. As Mel, our volleyball (and breaking baby news) expert mentioned in her blog last night, Ashlee and his wife Dori welcomed their first child, Noah, into the world on Monday evening. So from everyone at bleedCrimson.net, Congratulations.

If you haven't read our little research project regarding the Aggie football team's kickoff coverage, take some time today to do so, we think you'll be surprised by the results.

Be sure to check out Jordan Bostic's latest entry in her Aggie Volleyball Diary.

If you didn't watch the Rob Stone video we posted yesterday (or even if you did) check it out. It's definitely one of the funniest things we've seen in a while. Welcome to New Mexico Rob...

Finally, for those not headed to Athens, OH to watch the Aggies open the season against Ohio, the game will be available on ESPN Full Court. So find yourself a bar that has the Full Court package and enjoy the game.

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/06/07 :: Defending Kickoffs

As we mentioned in our post this morning, a lot has been made of the kickoff woes of the Aggie football team this week. One member of the media went as far as to say "Of course people will point to Young's miss, but what about the kickoffs? How can you give Nevada that type of field position? The Wolf Pack consistently got the ball at midfield. That has absolutely killed the Aggies this year."

We'll address this first, the Wolfpack's average starting position was the 33.5 yard line... now we're no math majors but we're pretty sure that's about 26.5 yards away from midfield. The Nevada starting field position off of kickoffs looks like this... UNR 31, UNR 19, UNR 40, UNR 39, UNR 47, UNR 35, UNR 24. The Pack got the ball "near" midfield once at their own 47. Yes they scored a touchdown. However, the next two closest starts to midfield? Their 40, which resulted in a fumble, and their 39 which resulted in a punt.

We promised to share the results of our research this afternoon so without further ado, here is what we found... Note that all statistics were taken from the box scores found on the NMStateSports.com website and we used the outstanding resource, cfbstats.com for some of the other data we used.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/06/07 :: Bhut Jolokia Edition

For those of us who were at the game on Friday night, we missed out on this gem which was run during the second half of the game. ESPN sideline reporter Rob Stone takes on the Bhut Jolokia chili pepper, the hottest chili pepper in the world.

The Daily Aggie :: 11/06/07

The Aggie women's basketball team defeated the Western New Mexico Mustangs last night 75-35. The Aggies led 33-10 at halftime and then outscored WNMU 42-25 in the second half. Just like in their first exhibition game, the Aggies did not let up after getting a big first half lead. The Aggie defense was outstanding only allowing the Mustangs to shoot 21% from the field all night long and an even more impressive 14.8% in the first half (the Mustangs only made baskets and two free throws). We don't care who the Aggies were playing, only allowing 10 points in the first half is something to be proud of.

Just like in the first game, the none of the players played more than 20 minutes, in fact the only player to play 20 minutes was Madison Spence. The star of the night was clearly Anikia Jawara. Jawara had 17 points on 7-10 shooting and added 8 rebounds in only 16 minutes of play. When coaches talk about production from their players, that's the kind of production they like to see. Jawara certainly made excellent use of her minutes.

The Aggies will open up regular season play on Friday night against UC-Irvine. We're anxious to see what they are able to do against a Division I opponent.

Tonight the Aggie men's basketball team finished up their exhibition season with a game against New Mexico Highlands. The Aggies played sloppy in their first exhibition but still won. Hopefully tonight we'll see some improvement from the team. We expect that the Aggies should win by at least 25 points.

There's been a lot of talk over the past couple of days about how the Aggies' kicking game, more specifically the kickoff aspect of the game, has really hurt the Aggies. Coach Mumme has mentioned several times that the rule moving the kickoffs back to the 30 has significantly changed the strategy that coaches employ on kickoffs.

We decided to go on a little fact finding mission to see how much this has really affected the Aggies, we'll have our results a little later today.

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/05/07 :: Siesta Update

It's just past lunchtime here in Aggie Country and to honor an international tradition that we think should be adopted here in the American workplace (although we're convinced that some places it is... hey what's that snoring sound????) it's the Siesta Update version of The Daily Aggie.

Don't forget that tonight the ladies take on Western New Mexico in the Pan American Center in their final tuneup before things start for real (as in, counts towards the record) and tomorrow night the men take on New Mexico Highlands in their final exhibition game. Go out and support the girls tonight, we have a feeling this is going to be a great season for them.

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/05/07

Tonight the Aggie women's hoops team takes the court against Western New Mexico in their final tuneup before starting the regular season on Friday night. In their season opening exhibition game against New Mexico Highlands the Aggies jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Coach Spence got a good balanced scoring attack with five of his players scoring in double figures. The Aggies outscored Highlands 52-26 in the first half and then 45-27 in the second half. That is something we like to see, when you've got a team down, don't let up. That's something we hope the men's team will learn to do this season.

Be sure to check out our photos from Friday night's game against Nevada.

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/04/07

We'd like to take this moment to remind you that you were supposed to turn your clocks back one hour before you went to bed last night.

Now that we have that administrative task out of the way, we can get on to more important things. Last night the Aggie basketball team kicked off the 2007/2008 season with an exhibition game against Cal State-Los Angeles. The Aggies prevailed 80-66. While it wasn't the blowout that everyone (including us) expected, at least it's a win (if you don't know what we're talking about, check out the last link in yesterday's Daily Aggie). Four Aggies were in double figures in scoring. While we didn't get a chance to watch the game, looking at the stat sheet there were a few things that stood out. The two teams combined to shoot 67 free throws (34 for the Ags and 33 for CS-LA). That's a lot of free throws for an exhibition game. Cal State-LA hit less than 50% of their free throws. If they hit a few more free throws, the game could have been a lot closer than it was. Second thing we noticed, the Aggies only had two blocked shots. Again since we weren't able to see the game, we don't know what the shot selection for Cal State-LA was but the Aggies have a big frontcourt in Martin Iti and Hatila Passos so having only two blocks is a little disappointing (Justin Hawkins had one of the two blocks). The last thing that stood out were the turnovers. The Aggies had 26 turnovers and again, while this was only an exhibition game, it's still a lot of turnovers. That being said, we'll take the Aggie victory and look forward to seeing improvement from the team in their next exhibition game.

The volleyball team continued their road trip last night, traveling to Moscow, ID to take on the University of Idaho. The Aggies had a fight on their hands in the first game but prevailed 30-27. The Aggies won the second game 30-24 and then finished off the sweep, cruising to a 30-17 victory in game three. With the victory the Aggies wrapped up the #2 seed in the WAC tournament which will be held in Las Cruces this year. Based on the standings after this weekend's action, it looks like the Aggies will face Fresno State in the quarterfinals of this year's tournament. It will be interesting because the Aggies close out the regular season next Sunday in the Pan American Center (senior night) against Fresno State. That means the Aggies will have to face them twice in five days. It's often said that the hardest thing in sports is to beat a team three times in one season (more often this reasoning is used in college hoops). We're of the belief that this generally only applies to teams who are equally matched (like NMSU and Hawai'i) and it is almost never a problem for a good team to beat a bad team three times in one season. If the Aggies want to make it to the championship game of the WAC tournament, they'll likely have to do that twice (assuming they finish out their regular season with two more wins), the quarterfinals and the semifinals.

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/03/07

We're still recovering from last night's loss, this loss is a little more difficult to get over for a variety of reasons but a big reason is because it would have been that come from behind victory that Coach Mumme talked about after the UTEP game, the one where you get behind by two or three scores and come back to win. The one that really propels your team to another level. Instead, it's another hearbreaking loss. Unfortunately, not only did the Aggies lose the game, they may have lost speedy running back Tonny Glynn for the season. Glynn suffered an injury on a touchdown drive late in the third quarter. Also injured on that drive was running back Justine Buries. It looked like either a cramp or possibly a hamstring issue (judging from the way he dragged himself off the field and the kind of attention the trainer was giving him). Still, the season is not over, there are still three games left and the Aggies are STILL mathematically in it to become bowl eligible. Their margin for error just went from miniscule to zero. They absolutely must win their final three games to become bowl eligible. Can they do it? Absolutely. But it won't be easy. They'll need to do something the have yet to do this season, win on the road. They came close at Louisiana Tech. After that their final two games are at home, against Utah State (a game the Aggies should win) and Fresno State, a game the Aggie have a chance to win.

Tonight, the Aggie men's basketball team opens up their season with an exhibition game against Cal State-Los Angeles. There will be no appearance by Herb Pope or Jahmar Young as they're both still waiting to get their eligibility situation cleared up. Obviously we and everyone else expect a big win for the Aggies tonight.

Also tonight the Aggie volleyball team takes on Idaho in Moscow. Idaho is sixth in the WAC at 6-6 and 10-16 overall. Just like Thursday night, we're expecting a sweep from the girls. The past two matches, at UTEP and at Boise State, freshman for the Aggies have seen significant playing time and have made big time contributions. Against UTEP it was freshman Whitney Phillips making an impact with 11 kills and three services aces to go along with five digs and a couple of block assists. Against Boise State it was Las Cruces native Alex Marie Steinmetz who made the contribution with seven kills, hitting .337.

As far as the veterans on the team, the two matches saw a veteran step up and have an oustanding night. Against UTEP, senior Kim Oguh hit an amazing .722 garnering 13 kills on 18 attempts, adding five block assists and a service ace. Against Boise State it was transfer Lindsey Yon and Amber Simpson who made their presence felt. Lindsey hit .429 with 12 kills, four digs, one solo block and four block assists. Amber hit an outstanding .636 with 8 kills on 11 attempts. She also had three block assists and two digs.

Which Aggies will step up tonight? We shall see...

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/02/07:: Friday Night Heartbreak

We're still a little stunned. We have to agree with Coach Mumme's postgame assessment. The heartbreaking losses are getting old. As much as fans would like to blame Paul Young, this was as much a team loss as it would have been a team win had he kicked the winning field goal and we're sure Coach Mumme and the players would tell you the same thing.

Still, this one will take a while to recover from.

More coverage tomorrow.