Athletes are confident by nature. It's what makes them so fun to watch.
Tyrone Watson touched on it briefly in my last blog entry, but I think the Aggies had their confidence shaken a bit after losing three straight.
Aggie fans should hope that the team's victory at UNM, which was clearly their best overall game of the season so far, wasn't the peak of their season. In that game, NMSU was all over the Lobos defensively, holding UNM to 28 percent shooting ... at home.
"There was a lot of emotion and adrenaline (at UNM)," NMSU coach Marvin Menzies said. "The key is to get repetitions in practice. They have experienced what it feels like now and that's good. We have gone back to emphasizing defense, defensive transition and rebounding."
It's good for the Aggies that they have inferior opponents to work on what they need to before the Lobos come to town on Dec. 28.
Tonight's opponent, Southern, is 3-8 and coming off a 30-point loss at UTEP on Saturday. Wednesday's opponent, McNeese st. plays at UTEP on Monday.