NMSU's road victory over Fresno State was encouraging.
It was a dominant effort from the Aggies. And I say that word with absolutely no reservation. The team was up double figures throughout. When the Bulldogs made a run, NMSU would push its lead back out to 15 to 20 points and keep Fresno at bay.
Where would this team be without Jahmar Young? It seemed like every time the Aggies needed a bucket last night, Jahmar delivered. He's a pure scorer.
Wendell McKines is phenomenal. He does it all and does it quietly. One look at the box score, though, and you understand his impact. Eighteen points, 12 boards and six assists? His numbers tell the story. He's not slowing down anytime soon, either. McKines is one of the bright spots of the Marvin Menzies era, maybe the brightest. He was the coach's first recruit to come to NMSU. He's a bulldog.
Jonathan Gibson, I know I get on him about his shot selection. He was off last night, but he didn't stop shooting. And he made a big bucket or two. He got to the line and hit two free throws and canned a big 3-ball when NMSU was pushing its lead back up to 20. Again, I've gotten on Jonathan, but maybe you need a player like that. He believes in his ability and isn't afraid to gun it. If this team needed a big shot, Jonathan would be the first player to raise his hand. He wants the ball. And that's not a bad thing.
The WAC is flaky this year. Idaho beats Nevada in Reno last night? I really couldn't believe that.
I want to say that the Idaho win was a fluke, but that would be taking too much credit away from the Vandals. They deserve better. It was definitely a major surprise, and there is no denying that.
This brings us to the Aggies. They win at Fresno State. Is Fresno good? Maybe, maybe not. Again, I don't want to take away from NMSU's victory. We don't know what we have yet in the WAC. We don't even know what we have yet with the Aggies. We're learning about this team and this conference with each game.
NMSU at San Jose on Monday. SJSU is 0-1 in conference, losing at home to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. That was another surprise to me. I said on my prior post that a road split for the Aggies would be fine to start WAC play. A 2-0 start would be very solid. We'll continue to learn about this team, and this conference, on Monday.