There is still time.
There is still time for
to re-assert its basketball
dominance in comparison to the Aggies current Western Athletic Conference
competition, as well as Aggies fans and even coaches who expected more. New Mexico State
NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies has been critical in recent weeks of his players effort level, carelessness with the ball and overall play. Normally this time of year, Menzies' teams have been hitting their stride.
We just don't know yet about this year's club.
Maybe the Aggies' 78-61 victory at Texas-Pan American on Thursday provided a glimpse of the Aggies we can expect for their final three games of the season.
The Aggies now have a week off before another road game at first-place
next Thursday, which will likely be for the regular season championship - a
foregone conclusion entering the season. Utah Valley
A loss at
would not be the end of the world. It likely wouldn't affect postseason seeding
and the Aggies have certainly proven capable of steam rolling through the WAC
Tournament as a No. 2 or No. 3 seed. But there wouldn't be the same optimism
surrounding the team as earlier in the season. Utah Valley
And this isn't 2009-10 season when the Aggies closed the regular season with road losses at
and before winning the WAC Tournament
the following week. Utah State
No, this is the WAC. Where NMSU is the flagship program.
There is still time to prove it.
This isn't a knock on Utah Valley, Bakersfield or Grand Canyon, but two Division I start ups and a recent independent team shouldn't stand in the way of the Aggies gaining momentum for a third straight NCAA Tournament run.
The Aggies have historically played up to the situation and Thursday's game certainly qualifies as a late season game that means something. So did the first meeting between the teams, when NMSU demolished
72-49 at the Pan
The postseason starts now.