I think many expected the Aggie vs. Louisiana Tech game on Thursday night to be difficult for NMSU. I don't know how many expected the Aggies to lose, but I didn't take it as a huge surprise.
The Bulldogs are a better team from a season ago and their record is deceiving. They gave the Aggies all NMSU could handle in Las Cruces earlier this year. You knew they would be ready on their home court.
I do think these final two games are big for the Aggies. I think they have to beat Boise State here. They fell short in Boise and the Broncos remain a team that can beat anybody on any given night in the WAC.
As for the Aggies' road contest at Hawaii, I think it's vital as well. What a way to end the regular season — going to Hawaii. It's not the most desirable position. And the Aggies have not been impressive away from home — outside of their win at Reno. They're 3-10 away from Cruces. Being comfortable away from your home court is important. The WAC tourney is in Reno this year. The Aggies will have to win three games at the tournament. A win at Hawaii would at least help confidence-wise going into the competition.
As for Louisiana Tech, I have said that them and Idaho are two teams nobody is going to want to face in the first round of the tournament. They can cause problems and it will not be a cake walk against them as it may have been in years past. They have talent.