Point guard play — You are going to hear this a lot from me early on. I expect to see Daniel Mullings with minutes at the point guard position, at least early on in the season. He did it some last year, and I'm not sure about the comfort level with KC Ross-Miller and Terrel de Rouen is just yet. Like I said, Mullings backed up Hernst Laroche last year, but can he do it for a full game? And what would a starting lineup with Mullings at the point look like? Does junior college transfer Eric Aronis enter the starting five or do the Aggies go big and start someone like Renaldo Dixon and move Tyrone Watson to the wing?
Turnovers — The Aggies are going to turn the ball over, it's how they play. Without Laroche this season, the Aggies have to try to at least limit the turnovers to the 15 per game last year.
Defending — Western shouldn't score more than 70 points against the Aggies. With players like Chili Nephawe and Sim Bhullar on the floor this year, look for NMSU to keep players in front of them and make teams shoot over that length. NMSU guarded the 3 well last year and they should again, and if an opposing player does get into the lane, Bhullar and Nephawe anchoring the defense should be tough to score against if they finish the possession with a rebound.