The Daily Aggie :: 02/07/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action tonight as they take on Louisiana Tech. The women are in Ruston trying to hand the Lady Techsters their first loss in conference play. LA Tech defeated Fresno State 90-84 in overtime on Saturday. The loss by Fresno State puts the Aggies just a game behind Fresno State in the loss column.

LA Tech is averaging 80.1 points per game in league play, highest in the WAC. For the Aggies to come away with a win tonight, they'll need to find their way to the free throw line and they'll need to knock down a few threes. The Aggies are the second best free throw shooting team in conference play and the best three point shooting team percentage-wise at 37.3 percent.

The Aggies will also need to take care of the ball as LA Tech is averaging 11.5 steals per game in conference play.

Five of LA Tech's eight conference wins have been by seven points or less, three of them in overtime. If the Aggies can play well, this is a game that they definitely have a chance to win.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track tonight after a disappointing loss at Fresno State last week. The Aggies host Louisiana Tech tonight in a game that they should win but must be be focused.

The Bulldogs are coming off a hellish trip to Fresno. The Bulldogs led Fresno State 38-26 at the half but went cold in the second half losing 72-64. LA Tech point guard DeAndre Brown scored 23 points in the loss and could be a player that gives the Aggies some trouble. Brown is a scoring point guard and the Aggies struggled earlier this season with Nevada's scoring point guard Deonte Burton (22 points).

The Aggies also need to contain LA Tech big man Olu Ashaolu who is capable of putting up big numbers on the glass. Ashaolu had monster games against Nevada and Louisiana Tech with 26 points and 17 rebounds against the Wolf Pack and 24 points and 18 rebounds against the Vandals.

Rebounding has been an issue for the Aggies so they'll need to step up that area of their game against a player who can on any given night grab nearly as many rebounds individually as the three Aggie big men, Gillenwater, Rahman and Nephawe are averaging combined and particularly with Hamidu Rahman's status listed as questionable after taking an elbow to the face against Fresno State.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off can can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN Full Court with streaming video available on The game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access.

On to today's links...

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

The Aggie students offer up the latest edition of the PanAmmunition.

The NM State athletic website previews tonight's game.

The Louisiana Tech athletic website previews tonight's game.

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

The LA Tech athletic website previews tonight's game.

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a few Mayfield HS players will be preferred walk-ons.

Jason W. Brooks of the Valencia News Bulletin features Aggie defensive lineman Chance Roberts.

Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Star Advertiser features former Aggie kicking great Roy Gerela.

Aggie Soccer highlights the in-state signees including new Aggie Katie Smith.

Aggie Track and Field
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' meet in Albuquerque this past weekend.

Aggie Men's Tennis
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss to Cal Poly over the weekend.

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