Just two schools in the history of the Western Athletic Conference have ever run the table in league play.
That fact alone should provide enough motivation for the 2013-14 Aggies, even if the other schools that now make up the league, can't.
Players and coaches alike won't touch the topic, preparing for each game as it comes.
"If we drop one or two or three, we drop but we have to take them one at a time," said Menzies, who is 65-31 (68 percent) in WAC play. "I know it's cliche, but it's so true because there is no other option. You can't speculate on the next level."
But consider Menzies' first three NCAA Tournament teams and the level of competition the Aggies faced in 2010 (70-67 loss to No. 5 Michigan State), in 2012 (79-66 loss to No. 4 Indiana) and last year (64-44 loss to No. 4 Saint Louis). By virtue of two quality wins in non-conference play, the Aggies enter WAC play with a Top 50 RPI. If the Aggies manage to go unbeaten in league play, it would keep them on the national radar with a 23-game win streak by that point. It could mean the difference between a 14 seed or possibly a No. 12 in the Big Dance.
But lose a game, and that chance would likely be wiped out as the WAC is currently ranked the No. 22 conference by RPI according to RealTimeRPI.com.
"We would like that but we look at it like one game at a time," Aggies point guard K.C. Ross-Miller said. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves and skip over a team. That's how upsets happen."
There has been precendce in recent years in the WAC, although the makeup of the conference was vastly different.
was an at-large selection in 2010, finishing 14-2 in the WAC regular season. Utah State
won 17 straight games before losing to NMSU in the WAC Tournament championship
game. Utah State did not have a quality
non-conference victory in 2010, but finished with a 34 RPI and a No. 12 seed in
the NCAA Tournament. Utah State
A sustained win streak wouldn't be a new phenomenon for this group of Aggies, either. NMSU won 12 straight games last year in WAC play.
Putting together a win streak is no easy task considering conference play consists of two games against every team, there are six new additions to the league and road games are always a challenge regardless of the venue.
But NMSU's makeup this season seems more focused, and the level of competition is nowhere near as difficult on a nightly basis making the idea more realistic than most years.