Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Aggie basketball road trip — a mystery

It's a tough one to judge, because both of teams NMSU will face in men's basketball this week — Idaho and Utah State — are tough to judge.

The Vandals are coming off a big win at Nevada — certainly the Wolf Pack had a letdown performance in that game, although Idaho isn't a bad team either. They battled the Aggies earlier this season, only to lose 80-68 at the Pan American Center. This game is far from a gimme.

And then to Utah State, where USU might be down this season, but they still have Stew Morrill on their sidelines. That and Utah State should shoot the ball better than they did the first time these two teams meet — USU went 3 of 16 from 3-point territory in that first meeting, an 80-60 win for NMSU. I expect Utah State to be ready for this one and are always tough at home. With that being said, I think if the Aggies play the way they did in the first meeting, they certainly can win.

Again, I could see any type of scenario — NMSU going 2-0, 1-1, or 0-2 on this trip. With that being said, call it even and expect a split of the two games.

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