The Daily Aggie :: 11/08/10

College basketball is back! The Aggie men's basketball team hosts Eastern New Mexico tonight at 7:00 p.m. in an exhibition game. It's the first look at life after Jonathan Gibson and Jahmar Young and unfortunately another non-conference season without Wendell McKines.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News has blogged about a few things that fans should watch for in tonight's exhibition game. Like everyone we're anxious to see what the newcomers look like. The most intriguing players for us are Chili Nephawe and Christian Kabongo. Coach Menzies has been touting Chili since he signed and we're very much looking forward to seeing what the hype is all about.

As far as Eastern New Mexico is concerned, the Greyhounds hung tough early with New Mexico (they actually led this one 14-4 six minutes into the game and were within three points with 10 minutes to play before losing by 22 in front of an exhibition crowd of 13,921.

A few days before that Eastern lost to UTEP by just four points and had players finish with 19 (Aaron Edwards) and 17 points (Victor Reid).

There have been a couple of notable upsets in exhibition games already this season with Nevada losing to Seattle Pacific and Xavier losing to Bellarmine. It should be noted that both Nevada and Xavier lost a lot of production in the offseason. While we don't believe the Aggies will lose tonight, it wouldn't surprise us at all to see a closer-than-most-expect game.

The Aggies open up the regular season on Friday night on the road at the University of Louisiana (formerly Louisiana-Lafayette).

Tonight's game tips off at 7:00 p.m. at the Pan American Center with radio coverage on the Aggie Sports Network. Streaming video and audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's basketball team also opens the season this week although they won't have any exhibition tuneups. The Aggies jump right into the fire on Friday night when they take on North Dakota State. The Aggies then follow that up with a game against North Dakota on Saturday night.

We've posted our preview of the 2010-2011 team with notes and quotes on each player.

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about the continued production of Hernst Laroche at point guard.

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs his thoughts on the Aggies' loss to Utah State.

The Sports Network shares news and notes from the league.

Tavin Stucki of the Utah Statesman recaps the Aggies' loss to the Aggies.

Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal shares this week's WAC rankings (Is there a harder working beat writer in the WAC than Chris Murray? We don't think so!).

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