The Daily Aggie :: 01/15/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action tonight as they both face teams from California. The Aggie men tip off at 7:00 p.m. (MT) and face San Jose State. The Spartans picked up their first conference win on Thursday night against Louisiana Tech and did so without their top player, Adrian Oliver who sat out with concussion-like symptoms. His status is TBD for tonight's game and if he does not play it is a huge blow for the Spartans (and for basketball fans who like to see top notch players). It's good for the Aggies because they don't have to worry about defending one of the elite scorers in the league, however, this is still a team that just picked up a win without him.

Overall, the Aggies are the better team, they should win this game. They have the advantage at all five spots as well as better depth. If Oliver plays the Spartans have a fighting chance, without him, it will be tough for SJSU to hang with the Aggies.

Tonight's game can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN Full Court as well as Radio coverage is available via the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's team is on the road at Fresno State. The Bulldogs are coming off a triple-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech on Thursday night and tonight's game will be Fresno State's third this week. Hopefully that will aid the Aggies in their attempt to pick up their first win at Fresno State since joining the WAC. The Aggies have not had much luck in Fresno with their closest loss coming in 2007, a 63-57 loss.

Fresno State is averaging 75.9 points per game this season while allowing 70.3. They've played a tough schedule with games against Oklahoma, TCU, Stanford and USC. In their three conference games this season, all three opponents have hung tough with the Bulldogs (with the Lady Techsters picking up the win). Utah State lost by 10 but led by two at halftime, Idaho was tied in the second half with Fresno State before an 18-0 Bulldog run did them in.

The Bulldogs are a decent free throw shooting team hitting 67.7 percent of their attempts. They're also a decent three point shooting team hitting 35 percent of their shots. They're led in scoring by Jaleesa Ross who is averaging 16.4 points per game. Hayley Munro and Rosie Moult are averaging 12.6 and 12.3 points per game respectively.

Ross is the shooter the Aggies most need to be aware of as she is hitting 42.3 percent of her three point attempts. Rosie Moult is also a solid three point shooter hitting 37.1 percent of her tries. Those two have combined to take 269 of the Bulldogs' 494 tries. Fresno State makes a whopping 10.2 threes per game, nearly 41 percent of the Bulldogs' point production.

If the Aggies can execute on offense, they can find success. Opposing teams have averaged 44.5 percent shooting against the Bulldogs. The Aggies need to avoid trying to get into a three point shooting contest with the Bulldogs and establish Tabytha Wampler's presence in the post.

If the game comes down to a free throw shooting contest, the Aggies have a decided advantage. Jaleesa Ross is just a 60.6 percent free throw shooter. Hayley Munro is the only starter to average above 70 percent at 70.9 percent.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tipoff. Radio coverage will be available via KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.

Jim Hilley of the Las Cruces Bulletin profiles Chili Nephawe.

Spartan Hoops previews tonight's game.

Aggie Women's Basketball
Jeff Davis of the Fresno Bee writes that Fresno State's loss to LA Tech puts them in a tough spot.

The Fresno State athletic website previews tonight's game.

The NM State athletic website previews tonight's game.

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