How much does tournament history mean when neither New Mexico State nor Nevada have many returners from a year ago.
Dario Hunt is the only Nevada contributor from last year's Nevada team, which lost to NMSU on its home court on a Jahmar Young jumper with five seconds left. The Aggies certainly have more players on this team that contributed last year, but the key players this year were role players last year.
NMSU is 2-1 in the WAC Tournament against Nevada in of the better rivalries in the league. The teams have each won two titles since 2004.
Regarding Thursday's game, I think Nevada point guard Deonte Burton is the top freshman in the league and the second best behind La'Shard Anderson. But the key to the Wolf Pack is sophomore Indiana transfer Malik Story. Story scored 14 of his career-high 34 points in the first half, helping the Wolf Pack go up 11 at the break. Story finished 11-for-14 from the field and 6-for-6 from 3-point range in Wednesday's 77-68 win over Fresno State. Yet Story entered Wednesday 8-for-39 from the field in Nevada's previous three games. In two games against NMSU this year, Story is a combined 6-for-26 from the floor.