The Daily Aggie :: 11/13/10

The Aggie men's basketball team opened their season with a convincing win last night over Louisiana. Any questions whether the Aggies would be able to score at the same rate they did last year were answered, at least for one game. The Aggies got career highs in points from Troy Gillenwater (30), Hernst Laroche (21) and got a solid 18 points from Hamidu Rahman. The one returner that didn't have the best night was Gordo Castillo who finished with just three points but did have four assists.

The Aggie newcomers faired pretty well last night also as just about everyone played last night for at least a few minutes. This team should only get better as the season progresses and the win over Louisiana was a good starting point. There were plenty of good things, winning, scoring 92 points, showing they can still shoot the three ball at a high rate. There were also some not so good things, Hernst Laroche fouled out (just about the only bad thing he did all night), 10 second half turnovers, Louisiana shooting over 40 percent. Plenty of things for the Aggies to build on as they move forward. After Monday night's game against Western New Mexico, things get significantly more difficult.

Last night's win was also the first win in a road opener since the 2004-2005 season. The Aggies had lost (in reverse chronological order) to St. Mary's (CA), USC, Ohio, Loyola Marymount (CA) and UCLA in the previous five road openers.

The Aggie women's basketball team also kicked off the season last night as their rally fell just short at North Dakota State. The Aggies were a bit sluggish out of the gate and fell behind by 16 points, however, they mounted a furious rally at the end of the half and trailed by just three heading into halftime. The second half was tight all the way to the end with the Aggies eventually falling by nine points.

The Aggies were severely hampered by fouls last night. There were 32 fouls called against the Aggies and NDSU was in the double-bonus before the 10 minute mark of the second half. That being said, the Aggies were tied with five minutes left in the game but couldn't quite get over the hump and NDSU hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 90 seconds to ice the game.

The Aggies are back in action tonight when they face North Dakota. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. MT. Live Stats will be available for tonight's game via the North Dakota athletic website.

The Aggie football team is also back in action today as they host Louisiana Tech. The Aggies are hoping to bounce back from their loss to Utah State last weekend. LA Tech is also looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss as they gave up 23 fourth quarter points to Fresno State and ended up losing by six points last weekend.

It will be interesting to see what the Aggie defense has dialed up for the spread offense of Sonny Dykes. The Aggies struggled a bit against the pass against San Jose State a couple weeks ago as Jordan La Secla passed for almost 400 yards.

LA Tech quarterback Ross Jenkins is capable of having that type of day proving that in a big win over Idaho. While the Aggie secondary has to worry about the pass, they'll also need to be aware of LA Tech running back Lennon Creer. Creer is averaging 85 yards per game but had big games against both Idaho schools.

It will also be interesting to see what the Aggie offense can do today. They've shown marked signs of improvement in the past two weeks but without running back Kenny Turner who has really come to life late in the season, the offense is without some of its explosiveness.

Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. MT. This game was previously scheduled to air on AggieVision but will due to unforseen circumstances the game will not be televised. You can still watch the game on ESPN3.com, the game will also be broadcast on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie volleyball team is back in action as they wrap up their regular season road schedule before returning home next week. The Aggies are just two wins way from the 20-win plateau. The Aggies have wrapped up second place in the WAC after winning at Idaho on Thursday night.

The Aggies' Kayleigh Giddens should become the Aggies' all-time single-season kills leader tonight. She needs just 12 kills to surpass the previous high of 499.

Tonight's match against Boise State is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. first serve and can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News has five things to watch in today's game.

Teddy Feinberg also features Robert Clay who will see extended time today.

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs a few thoughts about last night's game.

Jason Groves recaps last night's game.

The Louisiana athletic website recaps the Aggies' win.

Kevin at Parsing The WAC shares the Draft Express evaluation of Troy Gillenwater.

Aggie Women's Basketball
Jeff Kolpack of the Fargo-Moorhead Forum recaps last night's loss to the Bison.

The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.

The North Dakota State athletic website recaps the game.

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