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The Daily Aggie :: 11/02/07 :: Afternoon Update

Here's an interesting question for you to ponder. We wonder if there has ever been such a thing as a "look ahead" game to start out a season? Such might be the case when the Aggies open up the basketball season next Friday in Athens, OH. Why do we bring this up? Well, sure, the opening game of the season is usually not a game that evokes the "look ahead" tag however, a mere three nights later the Aggies will be taking on #13/11 Duke, on national television (ESPN2). The team must not fall into the trap, last year we wrote that the game at Louisiana Tech which took place right before the Nevada game in Las Cruces (which the Aggies won) was a trap game. Unfortunately we were correct and the Aggies ended up losing the game to Louisiana Tech in overtime, having surrendered a double-digit lead.

Just food for thought.

Here are a few links to get you through the rest of the afternoon and on to tonight's game (which for those of you who may have been living in a vacuum this week, will be televised on ESPN2, starting at 6:00 p.m. MDT)...  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/02/07

Today is another big day in Aggie Country. Tonight the football team gets another shot on national television as they'll take on Nevada on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. The Aggies still have hopes for a bowl but in order to do so, they must win three of their final four games. The good news for the Aggies? Three of their final four games are at home, where they haven't lost this season.

Be sure to check out our weekly interview with Coach Mumme.

Last night was a night of domination for the Aggie women. The volleyball team handled the Boise State Broncos, winning in a sweep. The women's basketball team kicked off their 2007/2008 season with a pounding of the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls, winning easily 97-53. None of the girls played more than 20 minutes and everyone who played scored and the Aggies had five players in double figures in scoring.

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/01/07

Tonight the women's basketball team kicks off their season with an exhibition game against New Mexico Highlands in the Pan American Center. This season is full promise for the girls and head coach Darin Spence. Could this be the year that the Aggies contend for the WAC regular season title? Will the Aggies finally break the string of wins by their rivals to the north UNM (currently 22). Will the Aggies reach the WAC tournament finals for the third straight season? All those questions will be answered and it starts tonight. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The 13th ranked volleyball team is on the road in Boise, Idaho tonight to take on the Boise State Broncos. This match should result in a three game sweep for the Aggies. The Broncos, well the Broncos aren't very good. They're 1-13 in the WAC and 4-19 overall. The Aggies should do what all top teams do, take care of business, quickly. Boise State has not won a match since a 3-0 victory over Fresno State in Fresno to start the month of October.

Two items of note before we get into the links, former Aggie point guard Elijah Ingram, pending physicals and such, will join the Albuquerque Thunderbirds NBA Development team.

If you're in the Albuquerque area, tomorrow night the Albuquerque Chapter of the NMSU Alumni Association will be having a gamewatch at the Uptown Sports Bar to watch the Aggies take on Nevada.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/31/07 :: Afternoon Update

Here are a few links to get you through the post lunch siesta period.

Chelsea Otakan of the Nevada Sage (Nevada's student paper) writes if the Wolfpack want to climb above .500 they need to do one thing. .

The Sports Network previews the Friday night matchup between NMSU and Nevada. Their prediction? Nevada 31, NMSU 20.

Jason Tomassini of CollegeHoopsNet names Herb Pope his preseason High-Major Freshman of the Year (at least we think he does). Pope is also named to Tomassini's All-High Major Team. (Thanks Roberto)

Somehow this one slipped past us this morning but Bill Knight of the El Paso times gives his recap of last night's volleyball match between UTEP and 13th ranked NMSU.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/31/07

It's the Halloween edition of The Daily Aggie but don't expect to see any orange around these parts. If you have to ask why, then you'd better take the Aggie 101 refresher course.

Last night the Aggies took care of business down in El Paso. The first game was a little tight but the other two games, the Aggies handled fairly easily. For complete recaps of the match, check out our writeup from the match, Sun-News Reporter Jason Groves' writeup, our volleyball expert Mel's blog entry and the NMSU athletic website's recap.

The Aggie men's basketball team and football team each got a bit of good news yesterday. Wendell McKines has been cleared to play by the NCAA and the Aggies are hoping that Herb Pope and Jahmar Young will be next. For the football team, Chase Holbrook will start against Nevada on Friday night. As you recall from our running diary from the game and the recaps that followed, Chase took a pretty good hit and was briefly out of the game. Finally some good news for the Aggie men (basketball and football).

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/30/07

Tonight the 13th ranked Aggie volleyball team heads down I-10 to take on UTEP. You might be asking yourself, "didn't the Aggies lose on Friday night?" The answer yes. You might also be asking yourself, "so why are they still ranked 13th?" The answer? The Aggie volleyball team is getting the respect it rightfully deserves from the voters in the AVCA polls. The Aggies lost to a ranked team on the road. Despite getting swept, it's pretty obvious that getting swept is something that can happen to even the best of teams. Best example? Last week top ranked (and unbeaten for nearly two years) Nebraksa marched into Austin to take on the Longhorns and left having suffered a three game sweep. So it can happen, to anyone.

Tonight's match should not be much of a match at all. The Aggies are clearly better than the Miners (who started out 7-1 but was recently in the midst of a 13-match losing streak. The Aggies should dominate this match, they should sweep the match. That being said, it's also a rivalry match and anything can happen in rivalry matches.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/29/07

It's a short week in Aggie Country for both the volleyball team and the football team. Tomorrow night the Aggie volleyball team heads down to El Paso to take on the Miners. If you're interested in going to the match, our volleyball expert Mel mentioned in her blog that there's a contingent of two buses going down for the match. Contact Debby Baker at 575-646-7714 (we give you the number AND we even remembered the new area code is 575).

For the football team, there's not much time to lick the wounds as they take on Nevada on Friday night. The game is going to be televised on ESPN 2. Call it a second chance game. It's a second chance to show the country that they're not the same team that got steamrolled by Boise State. Still, there is possible bad news on the injury front. As we mentioned in our running diary of the game on Saturday night, Chase Holbrook took a pretty big hit late in the game. Teddy Feinberg of the Sun-News is reporting that he could have suffered a concussion.

Be sure to check out the Blue Ribbon Yearbook Aggie Men's Basketball Preview which is running this week. Today we preview the Coach and Program.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/28/07

We apologize for the late start today but after two straight nights of staying up late to watch the Aggies take on Hawai'i teams, it was time for a little nap.

In the mean time, we hope you enjoyed our running diary of last night's game. If you didn't have a chance to watch the game or fell asleep during the game, you can read our random thoughts from during the game.

Today's your last chance to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/28/07 :: NMSU vs. Hawai'i Running Diary

The Aggies fell to the Warriors Saturday night by a score of 50-13. We decided to keep a running diary. We've always wanted to do one and now we know why we never tried it before. Our fingers hurt like crazy after nearly four hours straight typing... this could be the only time we ever attempt this so enjoy...

Welcome to our first ever running diary. This could be the longest running diary in history. It's now a little after 10:00 p.m. MDT. We could be here until 2 a.m. the way these two teams fling the ball around.

10:07: Squib kick on the kickoff.

10:09: DAVON HOUSE!!!!! INT on the first play. How big was that? Courtney Bryan who?

10:09: First Aggie offensive play is a run to Justine Buries.

10:10: Short crossing route pass bounces off Cleaver's hands, he's still not quite back.

10:11: Tonny Glynn slips on third down, Aggies had huge hole and probably would have made 1st down  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/27/07

Last night (or this very very very early this morning depending on where you were) the Aggie volleyball team lost to 11th ranked Hawai'i in a sweep. It was not the outcome that Aggie fans were hoping for and the manner in which they lost was definitely unexpected. As we mentioned in the recap, this was only the second time the Aggies had been swept by a WAC opponent since their very first match after joining the WAC in 2005.

Tonight the Aggie football team will try to play the role of spoiler. Hawai'i is 7-0 and continues their march towards a possible BCS bowl bid. The loss of Chris Williams last week is a huge blow to the Aggie offense, however, they did lose Chris early in the game last week which allowed Kenneth Buckley to play nearly the entire game in relief of Chris. Buckley stepped up and had two touchdown receptions. As coach Mumme has said quite often this season, you cannot replace game experience and the experience that Buckley gained last week will only help the offense this week.

The defense will not stop Hawai'i. That would be an unrealistic expectation. However, the Aggie defense does need to "break serve", meaning that the Aggies need to come up with a few timely stops (like Davon House's pick six last week). Their ability or inability to do this will determine the outcome of the game. The Aggies need to remember that this is the same Warrior team that was pushed to the brink by Louisiana Tech and San Jose State. This is a winnable game but the onus will be on the defense to come up with a couple of stops and give the offense a chance to put some points on the board.

Today and tomorrow are the last chances for fans to vote in the Davey O'Brien Award fan vote. Be sure to stop by and vote for Chase Holbrook.

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