That's the only way to describe the way the Aggies played at Nevada last night. A poor pregame prediction on my part but I thought NMSU was due to make a statement on the road.
This was a huge game for the team but they failed to meet expectations. The Wolf Pack were in control the whole way and NMSU never seriously threatened. Defense was clearly the problem. Giving up 98 points, that's a ton and Nevada shot the lights out. Some teams get hot and make everything but anyone can use that as an excuse. Good defensive teams don't let the opponent shoot 61 percent from the field. They force them to miss. They play tight, hardnosed defense and take the other team out of their comfort zone. Nevada seemed very comfortable throughout.
That's twice the Wolf Pack have beaten up the Aggies this year. Is it matchups, is it coaching? Matchups in basketball are so key. Look at how NMSU has handled Boise State this year. Still, it seems like, at times this year, Menzies has struggled on the sidelines. The Aggies trailed the entire game by double digits. Where was the in-game adjustments. Were there any? I wasn't at the game, I can't really say. But they never seriously threatened and Nevada never had a problem scoring.
This is still a wide open conference. The regular season title also means nothing. The WAC Tournament will decide all these teams' fate. A win here would have been nice though.
The way this team has been this year, they could go to Fresno and win by 20, win by 2 or lose by 25. I have no idea what will happen. But I'll say they win.