The New Mexico State Aggies are white-hot at this point of the year.
Again, chemistry seems to be at an all-time high for this team.
Such a thing is tough to judge in a win over Northern New Mexico.
In a 115-73 win over Hawaii, it's obvious that they are really locked in — a win was expected of UH, but not in that kind of fashion.
Daniel Mullings with a triple double and it wasn't skimpy on the points — 28 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals.
Mullings shot a high percentage from the floor, going 11 of 15.
His block off the backboard that started a fastbreak, alley-oop slam dunk to Wendell McKines? Ridiculous.
One would hope a player like Mullings would help put more fans in the seats — another disappointing crowd at the Pan Am on Thursday.
I really think the Aggies have a very good shot at beating Nevada in the WAC Tournament — just a feeling.
Again, if NMSU plays the Wolf Pack in the third game of the three-day tournament — a scenario that would happen if both teams advance to the championship game — it would seem like a good matchup for the Aggies. Both teams will be fatigued, but Nevada might rely on their legs more than a big, strong and physical NMSU team that is going to look to pound the ball inside regardless.
A few things on this…..
First off, are the Aggies peaking too early?
They still have a home game against San Jose State and road games at Nevada and Fresno State before the WAC Tourney.
I really think it could benefit the Aggies to lose to Nevada in Reno before the end of the regular season.
For starters, I think if Nevada and NMSU played 10 times, the Wolf Pack would win more than half of those games. And if they beat NMSU twice in conference play, than the percentages start shifting the Aggies way. That, and it's just hard beating a team of comparable talent three times in one season.
I also think the Aggies play better as an underdog, when there is some doubt in the minds of others about their chances.
Thinking back to their last two WAC Tournament titles, they did play the role of underdog. Think they are suited for it, not necessarily with a target on their back.
Then again, even if the Aggies beat the Wolf Pack in Reno to close the regular season — and even the series at 1-1 — it would set up for a very interesting WAC championship game.
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