Monday, March 16, 2009


New Mexico State turned down an opportunity to play in the College Basketball Invitation.

On my last post, I said that the CBI is not postseason basketball. I stand by that comment. But that doesn't mean that I'm happy NMSU isn't going. From a fan's perspective, I always like to see more hoops. It never really gets old. And, with the way NMSU ended the year - on a fairly high note -, it would have been nice to see them play some extra ball. On the flip side, maybe the season ending the way it did is fine. Optimism is fairly high. Throwing up a clunker in the CBI, you could possibly take away some of that luster away.

I was surprised. The Aggies explored the option of going to the CBI and I thought they would. The school could have spun the scenario as if they were playing in the postseason. Maybe that could help generate some more excitement around the program.

But, at the end of the day, the Aggies did the right thing by not going. If they felt like they couldn't have made up the money by hosting a game, why bother? The administration clearly didn't believe that the fans would show. And why should they? Hosting UTEP in the CBI is one thing, but I'm not sure if that was a guarantee. Attendance has been subpar throughout the season. Hey, people on the blog commented on this issue repeatedly this year.

If you can't make up the money by going, then don't. Because, in the long run, it doesn't seem worth it.


Anonymous said...

I agree.
Use the money to bring in a JUCO big man to push Rahman and Gabriel, as these pojects aren't getting it done!!
Use the money to send Menzies and his staff to Tom Izzo's rebounding school and Bob Huggins defensive school as, there is no defensive or rebounding to spak of!!

I'm fed up watching a team that can't defend it's home court.
The Pan Am was known as one of the toughest places to play now, it's just your average arena!!

Anonymous said...

Good call to say "NO"!
Let Utep play in the Coach Barbee Invitational (CBI)!

I expect us to be in the WAC finals and play in the NCAA tournament every year!!

If Menzies thinks our expectations are "un-realistic," maybe he's in the wrong place!!