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The Daily Aggie :: 03/16/10 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

The Daily Aggie :: 03/16/10

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It's been a whirlwind 48 hours for Aggie basketball. The Aggie women's basketball is joining the men's basketball team in postseason play as the Aggies were selected last night to play in the Women's NIT. The Aggies have drawn first round opponent Arizona State and will play in Tempe, Ariz. tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. MDT. The Sun Devils have become a perennial power in the Pac 10 and the NCAA Tournament and are coming off an Elite Eight appearing last season. The Devils have been to two Elite Eights in the past three seasons and for the Aggies, this could not have been a better matchup. The Aggies have been a team this season that has played up to their opponents' level, particularly when they've played marquee teams. ASU is by far the biggest name the Aggies will have faced in several seasons, that includes in-state rival New Mexico.

This is also the boost that the Aggie women's basketball program has been looking for. After coming on-so-close to postseason play on three straight occasions and getting snubbed in the 2006-2007 season, the Aggies have broken through. As head baseball coach Rocky Ward has pointed out on several occasions, doing something the first time is always the hardest. While this is not the Aggies' first postseason appearance, it is the Aggies' first postseason appearance under head coach Darin Spence.

Aggie fans wanting to make the trip to Tempe can purchase tickets starting at 2:00 p.m. MDT today by calling the Sun Devil Ticket office at 480-727-0000. ASU is just a five and a half hour drive down I-10 from Las Cruces and don't forget that because of Daylight Saving Time you will gain an hour heading to Tempe. The Aggies will have a strong cheering section at Wells Fargo Arena as freshman forward Malia Magazzeni is from the Phoenix area and several former players also hail from Arizona.

We spoke this morning with head coach Darin Spence about the Aggies' inclusion in the WNIT and we will have that posted a bit later today. Also, be sure to check out our interview from yesterday with Coach Spence as he talked about just how important a postseason trip would be for his ballclub.

In addition to the exciting news for men's and women's basketball, the athletic department announced this morning the New Mexico State has taken the lead in the WAC Commissioner's Cup standings as of this past weekend. We believe that this is the first time the Aggies have been atop the standings in the five years the NM State has been in the league. There is absolutely a strong chance that the Aggies will win the Commisioner's Cup this year as both the baseball team and softball team are expected to contend for not only regular season titles but should have a bit of an advantage in the conference tournaments as baseball's will take place in Mesa, Ariz. while softball's will be held in Las Cruces.

The Aggie softball team is back home today for a doubleheader with Minnesota. The Aggies and Gophers are set for a first pitch time of 2:00 p.m. MT and the first game of the doubleheader will be televised on AggieVision. The Aggies are coming off a 3-1 weekend in south Florida in which their schedule was drastically changed by mother nature. The Aggies are 15-9 overall while Minnesota comes in at 10-17. Minnesota is hitting just .209 on the season while their opposition is hitting .258 against the Gopher's pitching. The Aggies are hitting .336 while opposing teams have hit .307 against the Aggie pitching staff.

On to today's links...

Aggie Women's Basketball
The State Press talks about the Aggies' WNIT opponent Arizona State.

The NM State athletic website previews the Aggies' trip to Tempe.

Aggie Men's Basketball
Steve Ramirez of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that Aggie fans are scrambling to make last minute travel arrangements.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that Jahmar Young's heroics are just the latest chapter in the Aggies' star's book.

Steve Ramirez of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about the Aggies' chartered fight to Spokane.

Storming The Floor previews the Midwest Regional.

The Bleacher Report previews all four 5/12-seed matchups.

David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press writes that NM State is a changed team since the return of McKines and Gillenwater.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs some comments on NM State from MSU head coach Tom Izzo.

The Lansing State Journal shares some Izzo thoughts on the Aggies (video) (H/T Bulletin In The Zone)

Eric Lacy of Detroit News writes that Michigan State is eager for a fresh start.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about both WAC teams being sent to Spokane.

Andy Hutchins of The Sporting News
talks about the Midwest Region.

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports on the release of the 2010 football schedule.

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