The Aggie men's basketball team lost their third straight game yesterday afternoon falling 80-61 to a previously struggling USC team. Troy Gillenwater played just eight minutes in the loss and was benched for disciplinary reasons according to Jeff Thomas of The Republican.
This was a lost opportunity for the Aggies to pick up some resume boosting victories. While it's difficult to gauge how good UMass was it was clear that USC was struggling coming into the Tipoff. At the very least earning a split on the road would have been acceptable. Unfortunately that was not in the cards for the Aggies and they now head to El Paso tomorrow night for the first of two games against UTEP.
The Aggies need to figure out their on-the-court issues. Two of the past three games head coach Marvin Menzies has had some unflattering things to say about either the team or individual peformances. Against Arizona he felt that the Aggies quit playing in the second half. Against USC yesterday he called the entire team "flat from the beginning" and also said that Troy Gillenwater was not ready to play and that he was "not very happy with him right now."
The Aggies should at the very least have a good scout on UTEP since head coach Tim Floyd was the head coach at USC when Marvin Menzies and the Aggies played the Trojans in Los Angeles two years ago.
The Aggies still have plenty of RPI-boosting opportunities left with four games against UTEP and St. Mary's and Pacific both coming into the Pan Am before the end of the year.
The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action tonight as they try to bounce back from a tough loss to Houston on Saturday. The Aggies are hosting Western New Mexico. This will be the first official game for the Mustangs who have lost a pair of exhibition games against Northern Arizona and UNM. The Mustangs have not played since November 9th. This should be a rout and it should be over by halftime.
One thing that the Aggies need to do is put together a good defensive performance for an entire game. It hasn't happened so far as the Aggies have given up at least 80 points in three of their four games and gave up 75 (albeit in overtime) in their other game.
The Aggies have shown the ability to score points but on nights like this past Saturday when the shots aren't falling, the Aggies need to be able to also keep the other team from scoring.
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The game can be heard on the radio on KSNM AM 570 and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).
On to today's links...
Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs his thoughts on the loss.
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' loss.
The Los Angeles Times recaps the Aggies' loss.
Herb Scribner of The Daily Collegian recaps UMass' win over the Aggies on Saturday.
Bill Knight of the El Paso Times previews the Aggies' game against UTEP tomorrow night in El Paso.
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews the Aggies' chances at the WAC tournament.
Ann Miller of the Honolulu Star Advertiser lists the WAC postseason awards.
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