Troy Gillenwater will most likely not play on Saturday. NMSU is hoping for a decision next week, but as of 3:07 on Friday, which is after business hours on the East coast, the university had not heard a decision regarding its appeal.
Someone asked what the gut feeling is on if Troy Gillenwater will return. My feeling was no, but once I learned it has gone to the NCAA, I can say that I really don't know now. I think the university and the program has an obligation to try to get Troy on the court and to do whatever they can in order to do so. I'm not going to speak on if it's right or wrong should he return after clearly he hasn't done everything he needed to do in the classroom by the standards other student athletes are judged.
From a competitive aspect, the team needs Gillenwater for depth and an offensive scoring punch in the interior that they need even though Hamidu Rahman has proven to be a threat night in and night out.
Gillenwater is enrolled in Spring classes, which was one of the stipulations to the appeal that NMSU filed with the NCAA.
Hamidu Rahman did not practice Thursday (shoulder soreness) but Menzies expected him to practice Friday and play on Saturday.
Fresno State started the season 2-4 but seem to have righted the ship, winning four straight before losing at La. Tech on Thursday. Still, they started 3-0 against the likes of Boise State, Hawaii and San Jose State. I think they are good but not a second place team.
The Bulldogs are last in the league in scoring with 69.2 per game, but they are second in scoring defense (64.8) and first in field goal percentage defense (41)
"They are much more methodical about scoring in the half court and they don't rush. There are fewer possessions as a result," Aggies coach Marvin Menzies said. "They will run but they are very patient. As of late, they've been very consistent with full court pressure and dropping back into a halfcourt zone. It helped them turn their season a little bit."
Menzies on Utah State's win at Nevada on ESPN2 on Wednesday
"Utah State just hung tough and did what they did down the stretch and were solid and had those guys who were returning play within themselves. Nevada stalled a little bit offensively so the momentum went the other way and then the big shots that were made in overtime by Utah State really sealed the deal. But it was great WAC battle and a good national game to represent the conference."