The Daily Aggie :: 11/12/10

The college basketball season officially opens today for both the Aggie men and the Aggie women. Both are on the road to open up conference play because of the Mariachi convention being held at the Pan Am (something that neither coach Menzies or Coach Spence sounded particularly thrilled with).

Nonetheless both Aggie teams are on the road and both are looking to open up the season with wins. The Aggie men are in Lafayette, LA to take on the University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Cajuns have a new head coach, Bob Marlin, formerly the head coach at Sam Houston State. Louisiana has seven new players on their roster including three true freshmen. They've graduated their top two scorers who were responsible for 32 poins per game but do return guard Randell Daigle who averaged 11.5 points per game and was te team's best three point shooter at 38.6 percent (176 attempts).

The Ragin Cajuns own the season series with the Aggies holding a 10-2 advantage all-time. The last time these two teams met in Lafayette was in the 2004-2005 season, the Aggies last season in the Sun Belt, also the Aggies' worst season this decade. The Cajuns pasted the Aggies winning 91-49. That was a long time ago and thankfully a lot has changed since then.

The game tonight is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. MT tipoff. The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with Jack Nixon calling all the exciting action. Streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access. Live Stats will also be available via the Louisiana athletic website.

The Aggie women's basketball team is in the state of North Dakota where tonight they'll take on North Dakota State. The Bison were picked to finish fifth in the Summit League this year and return a First Team All-Conference player in guard Katie Birkel who averaged 12.3 points and 2.6 assists per game last season.

The Bison also welcome back to the court Hannah Linz who is battling Hodgkins lymphoma which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Linz was diagnosed on April 10th of this year and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We wish Linz a speedy recover in her battle.

North Dakota State also has a 6'5" center in Janae Burich who the Aggies will try to go after and get into foul trouble. Burich averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season and played an average of 18 minutes per game.

The Bison are tough to beat on their home court. A victory tonight by the Aggies would be a very solid win. NDSU has a 384-58 record at home and is 113-24 in the past 10 years. They also draw well averaging 1,277 fans last season. This certainly won't be played in front of an empty gym.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff. Live Stats will be available via the North Dakota State athletic website.

The Aggie volleyball team was victorious again last night earning a 3-1 victory over Idaho in Moscow. The Aggies got a career night from freshman Rocio Gutierrez who finished with 17 kills, five more than her previous career best. Kayleigh Giddens also had a career night with 17 digs. She added 19 kills and now stands just 12 kills shy of becoming the single-season leader in kills and the first Aggie to ever record 500 or more kills. That record should fall tomorrow night in Boise when the Aggies take on Boise State.

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that New Mexico State is not overlooking anyone on their schedule.

Jason Groves also previews tonight's season tipoff.

Joshua Parrott of The Daily Advertiser previews tonight's game.

Tristen Critchfeld of the Albuquerque Journal talks about the Aggies' high hopes (subscription required).

Kraig Williams of the Deseret News shares his first WAC ranking.

The Louisiana athletic website previews tonight's game.

Aggie Women's Basketball
The NM State athletic website previews the season opener.

The North Dakota State athletic website previews tonight's contest.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News takes a look at the Aggies.

Jeffrey Jen of The Record Searchlight talks about an Aggie signee.

Aggie Volleyball
The Idaho athletic website recaps the Aggies' 3-1 victory.

Ricky Treon of the Amarillo Globe-News talks about another Aggie volleyball signee, Meredith Hays.

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi of The Navajo Times talks about Bradley Nash's high school three-peat.

WAC Expansion
The San Marcos Local News .

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News discusses what the expansion means for SJSU.

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express News talks about the expansion from the UTSA and Texas State side.

Natalie Meisler and Mike Chambers of the Denver Post talk about WAC expansion from the Denver side.

Steve Coulter of the DU Clarion writes that Denver emerges as the "heart" of the new WAC.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times discusses what Seattle's next move is.

Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Star Advertiser writes that the new WAC has the UH program keeping its options open.

Dave Reardon of the Honolulu Star Advertisers writes that the constant change has made the WAC WEAC.

Dave at The WAC Softball Blog discusses the impact of expansion from a softball perspective.

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