The Daily Aggie :: 03/15/13

Thursday at the WAC Tournament produced one of the wildest days of action in recent WAC Tournament history as the top two seeds fell, a traditional power saw their season end and after the dust settled New Mexico State found themselves as the westernmost team left in the tournament -- New Mexico State vs. the Southland Conference so to speak (UTA, TXST and UTSA were all Southland Conference members last year).

The day started with New Mexico State pulling away from Idaho, a team that had given them two close games in the regular season. We noted yesterday that a similar scenario unfolded last season with the Aggies' first round opponent Fresno State. The result was nearly identical. A team that had given the Aggies trouble in the regular season was no match for them in the postseason as the Aggies cruised to a 65-49 victory.

What followed next could only be described as chaos as 8-seed Texas State upset 2-seed Denver. The Pioneers entered the week having lost just once since late December, a loss in Las Cruces to New Mexico State on January 23rd. Texas State's Joel Wright torched the Pioneers for 32 points and DU's quest for an NCAA Tournament bid fell woefully short.

Following that stunning upset 9-seed UT-San Antonio stunned 1-seed Louisiana Tech ending their NCAA Tournament hopes a year after the Bulldogs made noise of their own ousting top seed Nevada.

Not since the 1990 WAC tournament had the top two seeds both fallen in the quarterfinals. That year No. 1 BYU and No. 2 Colorado State both lost in the quarterfinals. That year the 3-seed and 4-seed both made the championship game with the 4-seed (UTEP) beating the 3-seed (Hawai'i). Hopefully that history does not repeat as the Aggies are the 3-seed and UT-Arlington is the 4-seed. Similarly one can be reminded of the 2008 WAC Tournament as the top two seeds that year also fell (in the semifinals) and the Aggies (also the 3-seed that year) seemingly had a clear path to the Big Dance playing Boise State (also the 4-seed that year) on their home floor only to lose in triple-overtime -- Marvin Menzies first season, a loss that still stings to this day.

Today's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MDT) tip-off and can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie baseball and softball teams are both back in action this weekend as Aggie softball is in Lincoln, NE to take on the 21st ranked Huskers while Aggie baseball returns home to face Alabama A&M after dropping a pair of games to No. 17 Oklahoma.

The Aggie softball team plays a doubleheader today beginning at 3:00 p.m. (MDT) with free streaming audio available via the Nebraska athletic website.

Aggie baseball plays today at 6:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field with Live Stats available and the game tentatively scheduled to be broadcast on KSNM AM 570 and streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).