No. 1 Utah State vs. No. 4 Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Mountain
Teams split in the regular season with each team winning at home. I think Utah State's 67-61 win in Logan on Feb. 17 gives a better indication of this matchup than the opening weekend of WAC play, even though that was the last time Utah State lost a game. This game was right there for the Bulldogs, but a couple miscues down the stretch from Magnum Rolle sealed the win, most notably giving up an offensive rebound and a subsequent three-point play off a missed free throw. Utah State's Pooh Williams also proved capable of carrying the UtAgs against a more athletic team, scoring 15 in the second half. Can the UtAgs depend on that production again from Williams while he will also most likely be asked to guard La. Tech's Kyle Gibson?
No. 2 Nevada vs. No. 3 New Mexico State, 10 p.m. Mountain ESPN2
NMSU finally played some defense against a good perimeter team in San Jose State on Thursday. I thought the addition of Troy Gillenwater would tip the scales in the Aggies' favor when they went to Reno last week but that wasn't the case. Babbitt has averaged 24.5 ppg and 10 rpg against the Aggies this season, shooting 15 of 26 (58 percent) and 5 of 8 (63 percent) from 3-point range in two wins over the Aggies. Not to mention Brandon Fields, who has has a pair of career performances against NMSU over the years, scoring 32 in Reno, getting to the rim and dishing out nine assists. Maybe the Aggies play man ? Or shade their zone to Fields and take their chances with Armon Johnson shooting the 3? Either way, McKines and Gillenwater have to be physical with Babbitt.