The Aggie men's basketball team hosts Nevada on Thursday night and then Utah State Saturday.
NMSU is 2-0 in WAC play thus far on the year, after beating Fresno State and San Jose State on the road last week.
Coming home to play the Wolf Pack and the UtAgs will be another nice test for NMSU. Nevada is coming off a bad loss - 78-73 defeat at the hands of Idaho in Reno last week. Is this a down year for Nevada? I don't think so. They might be off to a sluggish start. But I expect them to take the floor and come out fired up Thursday against NMSU. These two teams are rivals with some history behind them. I think this game comes at a good time of year for NMSU. It's early in conference play, but there will be some fire and emotion in this one. I'm looking forward to it.
As for Utah State, we're talking about a solid team. Last year, NMSU destroyed the UtAgs in Las Cruces. But I believe Utah State will put in a good effort and play hard. I expect them to be in the WAC title hunt as well, along with NMSU and Nevada.
We have talked about the WAC this year and how it's a strange season for the league. These two games will be a good indicator for all three teams involved - NMSU, Nevada and Utah State. They are widely considered to be the conference's upper-tier programs. Now's as good a time as any to see how much truth is behind that theory.