The Daily Aggie :: 12/15/09

The Aggie women's basketball team hosts I-10 rival UTEP tonight at the Pan Am at 7:00 p.m. The Aggies are 5-3 on the season and coming off a victory over North Dakota State on Saturday night. We talked with head coach Darin Spence in our weekly interview and he was pleased with the way his team fought through the whole game. The Aggies came from 11 points down in the first half against an experienced team and pulled out the victory despite not hitting any three pointers (0-for-8) and being outrebounded 36-27.

The Aggies' victory over Michigan is looking more impressive by the day. The Wolverines knocked off No. 8 Xavier last night and the only two losses Michigan has are to No. 19 Kansas and to the Aggies.

Tonight the Aggies will be looking for their second straight win over UTEP in the I-10 rivalry after losing seven in a row to the Miners. UTEP is 7-3 on the season and is led by senior guard Jaerica Hughes. Hughes is averaging 13.5 points per game for the Miners. Sophomore guard Dietra Caldwell is averaging 10.6 points per game for the Miners. UTEP is averaging 65.7 points per game and holding their opponents to 61.4 points per game while the Aggies are averaging 73.4 points per game and is holding opponents to 71.1 points per game.

The matchup tonight between the Aggies' guards and the Miners' guards should be a good one. The Miners' Hughes is a scorer and so is the Aggies' Jasmine Lowe and that battle could turn into a highlight reel for both players. The Aggies' have one of the best and deepest backcourts and the Aggies' ability to make free throws could be a deciding factor in tonight's game. The Aggies are converting on 77 percent of their free throws while the Miners are hitting just 63.2 percent.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. MT tip-off. Tonight's game will be televised on AggieVision and streaming video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team hits the court tonight against UCLA fresh off their upset victory over UTEP on Sunday night. The Aggies will be looking to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Jahmar Young was named the WAC's Player of the Week for his 24-point performance against UTEP, he scored 20 of his points in the second half comeback. Head coach Marvin Menzies talked about the team's offensive performance in our weekly interview and said that the team has been scoring in practice, it was just a matter of bringing that same play to the game.

UCLA is 2-6 on the season and has struggled battling some injuries and a player departure. The Bruins are still a dangerous team but have struggled against teams that are good perimeter teams like the Aggies. If the Aggie offense can continue to improve and play efficiently as they did on Sunday, the Aggies have a great shot at winning the game tonight.

UCLA is led by senior guard Michael Roll who is averaging 14.0 points per game. He is also the team's best three point threat hitting 39.6 percent of his attempts (19-of-48). Sophomore guard Malcolm Lee is averaging 12.8 points per game. Sophomore forward Drew Gordon averages 11.2 points per game and has 12 blocks on the season. The Bruins are averaging just 63.5 points per game and are not a very good three point shooting team hitting just 26.3 percent of their attempts and are a horrid free throw shooting team hitting just 55 percent of their free throws. Should this game come down to three point shooting and free throws, the Aggies have a decided advantage.

Tonight's game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The game will be televised live on Fox College Sports and will be tape delayed on Fox Sports Arizona at 11:00 p.m. tonight. The game can be heard on the radio on KGRT 103.9 FM in Las Cruces and streaming audio will also be available for the game via Aggie Access (subscription required).

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Wendell McKines and Troy Gillenwater will both miss the rest of the season due to academics.

UTEP's Turn Up The Orange blog comments that the Miners need some of Jahmar Young's spirit.

The UCLA athletic website previews tonight's game.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.

Jason Groves blogs some good quotes from head coach Marvin Menzies on leftovers from Sunday's win over UTEP.

David Wharton of the Los Angeles Times writes that tonight's UCLA/NMSU game brings back memories for NMSU's Chito Reyes.

Jon Gold of the San Bernardino Sun writes that UCLA's Nikola Dragovic has had trouble finding his game this season.

The Sports Network previews tonight's game.

Aggie Women's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.

Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times previews tonight's game.

The NM State athletic website previews tonight's game.

The UTEP athletic website previews tonight's game.

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs a few quotes from Coach Walker about the offensive coordinator position and some other coaching staff shuffles.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports writes that Turner Gill's hiring at Kansas is another brick taken out of the wall that has been blocking black coaches from being hired. Gill was a finalist for the Aggies' open position in 2004. (Thanks Vic)

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Comments

UCLA

I believe Bruin forward Drew Gordon has left the team. Reports are that he will visit UNM and is considering a transfer at semester.