The Aggie men's basketball team lost last night to Nevada in Reno and were swept by the Wolf Pack this season. The loss means that the Utah State Aggies are regular season champions and the New Mexico State Aggies will have to settle for a shot at second place in the regular season. However, there is still some work to be done on the crimson Aggies' part.
The Aggies will need to beat Utah State to assure themselves of the number two seed or have Louisiana Tech beat Nevada on Saturday night in Reno. Should New Mexico State lose to Utah State and Nevada defeat Louisiana Tech, then Nevada and New Mexico State would both finish the regular season 11-5 but Nevada would earn the No. 2 seed by virtue of their sweep over the Aggies. If the Aggies get the No. 2 seed or the No. 3 seed, it would set up a semifinal showdown between the Aggies and Wolf Pack should both teams advance past the first round.
However, should Louisiana Tech defeat Nevada on Saturday night, La. Tech would earn the No. 3 seed by virtue of their sweep over Nevada and the Aggies would get the No. 2 seed regardless of the outcome of their game versus Utah State.
The first round opponent for the New Mexico State will either be San Jose State or Idaho, that much we do know. Fresno State's victory over Louisiana Tech last night assured them of the No. 5 seed in the WAC tournament.
Here's where it gets really interesting. Should San Jose State defeat Boise State and Hawai'i defeat Idaho, then Hawai'i would sneak into the WAC tournament by virtue of their victory over Nevada (as Boise State was swept by the Wolf Pack). Idaho would earn the No. 6 seed if they beat Hawai'i AND Boise State beats San Jose State. Both Idaho and SJSU would finish with a 7-9 conference record but Idaho swept the Spartans and would therefore earn the higher seed. Basically only two seeds, No. 1 Utah State and No. 5 Fresno State have been decided. The remaining six seeds are all up for grabs.
The Aggie baseball team is back in action today as they open up a four game series against St. Joseph's. The Hawks are 0-3 on the season and have not played since last weekend as their home opener on March 2nd was cancelled due to unplayable conditions. The Aggies are 6-5 and are coming off a big 17-8 victory over No. 20 New Mexico which earned them a split in the two-game series in Las Cruces. Last season the Aggies had started out hot but it was a victory over an equally hot New Mexico in Albuquerque that really legitimized their fast start and propelled them to the big season that they had. Hopefully this season, despite not quite getting out to as fast a start as they had hoped, their victory over No. 20 New Mexico will propel them to the season that they are hoping to have. One in which they win the WAC title and reach the NCAA Regionals.
Today's game is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. start. Streaming audio and video will be available for today's game via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The Aggie softball team is back in action as they're in Las Vegas for the Eller Media Stadium tournament. The Aggies are looking to rebound from a doubleheader sweep at the hands of No. 2 Arizona. The Aggies were held scoreless in back-to-back games and it was the first time since the 2004 season that the Aggies have been run-ruled in back-to-back games.
The Aggies will face Southern Utah and No. 13/15 Cal today at 10:00 and 12:15 p.m. respectively. Southern Utah is 1-9 on the season but has faced some incredibly tough competition so their record is a bit deceiving. Live Stats for the Aggies' game versus Southern Utah are available via the Eller Media Stadium Classic tournament page. The Cal Golden Bears are 11-4 overall and have a strong offense and a solid pitching staff. Live Stats for today's game versus Cal are available via the Cal athletic website.
The Aggie football team signed an Junior College All-American yesterday. Kenny Turner is a standout talent who spent five years in prison but has turned his life around and is getting a second chance at New Mexico State. Shannon J. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel has more on Turner's reformation. Turner rushed for 1,496 yards and 19 touchdowns during the 2009 season earning him National Junior College All-America and All-California Community College first team honors.
Finally, we'd like to congratulate Kyle Doperalski who broadcast his 500th game at New Mexico State this past weekend during the Aggies' baseball series with Akron. Kyle is one of the best play-by-play men in the business and we always look forward to his broadcasts, whether they be on the radio or on television. Congrats Kyle!
On to today's links...
Aggie Men's Basketball
Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal recaps last night's game.
Chris Murray also talks about the Wolf Pack being able to hold the Aggie duo of Jahmar Young and Jonathan Gibson in check for the most part.
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's game.
The Sports Network recaps last night's loss.
Mark Littlefield of SilverandBlueSports.com recaps last night's game.
Damian Tromerhauser of the Nevada Sagebrush recaps last night's loss to Nevada.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks more about Kenny Turner.
Teddy Feinberg blogs his thoughts on the Kenny Turner signing.
Geoff Grammer of the Santa Fe New Mexican weighs in on the Kenny Turner signing.
The UNLV athletic website previews the Eller Media Stadium Classic.
The Cal athletic website previews this weekend's tournament.
Sage Sammons of The Rebel Yell previews this weekend's softball tournament.
The WAC Softball Blog takes a look at today's WAC schedule.
The WAC Softball Blog also takes a look at statistical leaders in the WAC.
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