The Daily Aggie :: 11/20/10

The Aggie football team is in Reno today to take on the 18th ranked Wolf Pack. Consider it a redemption game for both teams, although for different reasons. The Aggies are hoping to redeem themselves from a very poor defensive performance against the Wolf Pack last year at Aggie Memorial stadium. Nevada ran around, over, through the Aggie defense last year to the tune of 574 yards rushing and a 63-20 shellacking that wasn't as close as the 43 point difference would suggest. The Aggies scored two garbage time touchdowns to make the final score a bit more palatable (if that's even possible). The Wolf Pack had three players with over 100 yards rushing, became the first team to ever have three different players rush for 1,000 yards in the same season and just about everybody that touched the ball on a running play had success.

This year the Aggies hope to erase the bad taste from their mouth with a better defensive performance. The goal for the Aggies is to be competitive in this game. They had some success containing Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel who possesses a lot of the same skillset that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick has. With two games left in the season it's no longer about wins and losses for the Aggies. It's about being competitive against good teams and heading into the offseason with some forward momentum.

For Nevada they're looking for redemption from an embarrassing loss to the Aggies in 2008. That year the Aggies went to Reno and pulled out a 48-45 victory over the Wolf Pack. Apparently that memory is still fresh in the Wolf Pack players' and coaches' minds and they say they're not overlooking the Aggies as the showdown with Boise State looms large next weekend.

Today's game is scheduled for an early 2:05 p.m. MT start. Fans can listen to the game on the Aggie Sports Network with Kyle Doperalski calling the action filling in for Jack Nixon who is with the Aggie men's basketball team at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass. Streaming audio is also available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action after their 80-75 overtime win against UTEP on Wednesday night. The Aggies host Houston also from Conference USA. The Aggies are 2-4 against Houston but the last time the Cougars visited the Pan Am they were ranked in the Top 25 and the Aggies came out with a 68-63 victory.

It's the first home game for the Aggies and they'll need to avoid a letdown coming off the emotional victory over UTEP. As will be the case all year long, the Aggies need to have good games from Madison Spence and Tabytha Wampler and have other players also contribute with solid games.

The Cougars have played one game this season, an 88-48 drubbing of UT-Arlington. The Cougars' top five scorers are all upperclassmen. It will be a good test for both teams and should be a high-scoring affair. The Aggies have scored at least 79 points in all three games, however, the Aggies have also given up at least 75 points in all three games.

The tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and the game can be heard in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews calling the action. Streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team is also back in action as they look to bounce back from a disappointing result against Arizona on Thursday night. The Aggies are also looking to get back to being a hard-working team for 40 minutes after getting called out by Coach Menzies for a lack of effort and desire in the final 10 minutes of the game that saw them go from an eight point deficit to a 26-point loss.

UMass is 2-0 on the young season with victories over Rider and Sacred Heart. The Aggies should be favored in this game despite it being a virtual home game for the Minutemen. UMass is led in scoring by redshirt senior guard Anthony Gurley who is averaging 24.5 points per game. Second leading scorer for UMass is sophomore guard Freddie Riley who is averaging 18.5 points per game.

UMass is a solid free throw shooting team through two games having hit 40-of-55 (72.7 percent). The Aggies struggled from the stripe against Arizona and are hitting just 65.3 percent (49-of-75).

Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MT and can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with Jack Nixon calling the action. Streaming audio is also available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats are also available for the game and UMass will be conducting a Live Blog.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
The Associated Press previews today's game.

A.W. Prince of previews today's game.

The Nevada athletic website previews today's game.

Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal writes that the Nevada special teams has been special.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews today's game.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews today's game.

Matt Vautour of the Hampshire Gazette previews tonight's battle.

Matt Vautour also previews the rest of the Hall of Fame Tipoff field.

Aggie Women's Basketball
The NM State athletic website previews today's game.

The Houston athletic website previews today's game.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's home opener.

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