Sorry for the late start everyone... Well, round one to the Miners (sorry UTEP fans, that's as complimentary as we get). We'll see if the ladies can get some revenge for the men tonight as they take on the Lady Miners in the Pan American Center tonight at 7:00 p.m. The game can be seen on AggieVision if you're in the AggieVision viewing area. Aggie fans in Las Cruces, get out to the Pan Am and support the ladies tonight!
The Aggies are undefeated at 4-0 and we think they've got a better than good chance to run the table in the next four games and be sitting at 8-0. That would be very impressive. But as Coach Spence mentioned in our weekly interview, there's also the possibility that they could be sitting at 4-4 after the next four games. Both he and us highly doubt that will happen though.
Back to last night's game.
What we didn't like: Losing. We hate losing. Especially to a rival. Free throws: This is a double whammy. Coach Menzies might not be able to comment on it but we can. First of all the Aggies got a disproportionate amount of fouls called against them AGAIN in El Paso. It's the third straight year that a game in El Paso has been a foul-fest and like two years ago (Reggie's first year) it seemed like the calls were all going UTEP's way. They're the home team, that's to be expected, but still. When a GUARD has three fouls in the first half and another GUARD has two fouls in the first half and the team has 10 plus fouls called on them in the first 12 minutes of the game, something isn't right. The second part of this is on the Aggies. They got a few calls in the second half, enough to enable them to climb back to within four points at the end. When you're trying to make a comeback, you have got to hit your free throws. Just like last year, free throws are again hurting the team. Timeouts All we're going to say on this subject is you can't take 'em home with you. We'll let you decide what that means.
What we did like: Resiliency. Just like against Texas this team refused to die. It would have been so easy for the team to fold with about four minutes left. They were down by as many as
13 12 in the second half, on the road, in a rivalry game, in a hostile environment, their eyes were probably bleeding from all that orange (sorry the inner fan came out there) but they didn't die. Despite all the calls going against them, all the momentum being on UTEP's side our guys battled back. We're proud of that. Hawk. Justin again showed what he was made of. 21 points at halftime, finished with 29 points in the game, he basically carried the team in the first half until he could get some help in the second. He didn't have to carry the load last year and thus his scoring average wasn't as high as it could have been but this year he's proving that if necessary he can score a LOT of points. Now he just needs to get some scoring help. Baby Matrix. Wendell McKines. What can we say, we love him, coach loves him, we thought he'd have a breakout game and he did. 11 points and a whopping 14 rebounds. The kid is an absolute beast. The funny thing is you look at him and he doesn't really look that big but he plays huge on the interior. This was just the first of many big performances out of Wendell, who from now on will be referred to as Baby Matrix (because Scouts Inc. said he reminded them a lot of Shawn Marion of the PHX Suns, who's nickname is The Matrix, so there you go).
Be sure to check out our post from last night because it details why Aggie volleyball fans will not be able to watch the first round matchup between NMSU and LSU.
Also, don't forget to check out this week's interview with Coach Mumme and Jordan Bostic's latest entry in her Aggie Volleyball Diary.
On to today's links...
Bret Bloomquist (our favorite hard working reporter from the El Paso Times) previews round one of the ladies' version of the Battle of I-10.
The NMSU athletic website previews tonight's ladies game.
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight game between NMSU and UTEP.
Bill Knight of the El Paso Times gives his recap of last night's Miner victory.
The Sports Network gives their wrap of last night's rivalry game (round one).
The Associated Press has their writeup of Coach Woody's retirement announcement
The Fresno State athletic website previews Friday night's game between NMSU and Fresno State.
The LSU athletic website has a featurette on LSU volleyball player Brittney Johnson.
The UT athletic website sets the stage for Friday's first round NCAA tournament matches.
Daniel Lyght of the Fresno Bee writes that it takes two to fill the void after Fresno State's tight end Bear Pascoe suffered injury.
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