Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Aggie hoops takes to the road once again

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team will visit the Pacific Northwest this week for road games at Seattle University (5-8 overall record, 0-3 in the WAC) and Idaho (6-7, 2-1). The Aggies have an 8-8 overall mark, and 2-2 record in league play.

Does the team’s recent home wins over Texas-San Antonio (82-62 final score) and Texas State (78-67) mean much? They shouldn’t indicate a whole lot. Both teams are mediocre, with combined records of 0-8 in WAC play, so the Aggies should have won soundly.

This week’s trip shouldn’t be an easy one. As an NCAA Tournament team last year the Aggies lost at Idaho, and the Vandals could be a tough team once again. And opening conference play with a road loss at Texas Arlington makes one realize that Seattle shouldn’t be considered a gimme either. The Aggies need to prove they can win on the road in league play.

One bright spot for the team: They have seen a lot of potential from 7-foot-5 freshman Sim Bhullar. Yes, he should have his way with WAC competition, and he has. Bhullar went 9-for-9 from the field in NMSU’s last game against the Bobcats. When the Aggies get quality post play, and their offense can roll through the big fella, good things can happen.

With that being said, the Aggies have seemed to play unselfishly this year and perhaps they continue to find a formula that works.

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