The Daily Aggie :: 01/16/14

It's been a while since we've filed a blog post so we're dusting off the keyboard today to talk about the Aggie men's basketball team. The Aggies are in Chicago tonight to face Chicago State, a team that surprisingly enough is tied with Utah Valley for second place in the WAC at 2-0. The Aggies are riding a seven game win streak and thus far through three games have been unchallenged. All three games have seen the Aggies jump out to first half leads as large as 14, 22 and 20 points respectively.

The general consensus is that the Aggies can and probably will run the table in conference play. It's something that has only happened once in New Mexico State men's basketball history, the 1937-38 season in the Border conference when the Aggies went 18-0. That year they also recorded the longest winning streak in program history at 21 games. Should the Aggies run the table in the regular season they would enter the WAC Tournament with a 20-game winning streak and would of course break the record during the WAC Tournament.

With the WAC not being what it used to be in terms of the strength of the conference, the Aggies must win the conference tournament in order to make the NCAA Tournament and in reality, they probably need to run the table in the regular season to assure themselves of a decent seed (a 12 or 13). Given the fact that of the remaining eight WAC teams not one of them has an RPI inside of 150. Right now the Aggies don't have any "bad" losses (their season-opening loss to Western Michigan has been helped by the fact that WMU's RPI has risen to 131 in the latest official RPI) but any loss to any WAC team will likely be deemed a "bad" loss by the selection committee. But we are still two months away from Selection Sunday so let's get back to the Aggies' current situation.

As we mentioned earlier, the Aggies are on a seven game winning streak, their second such win streak this season. This got us wondering. How many times have the Aggies had two separate lengthy win streaks in the same season? We dug through the record books and it turns out that this is just the sixth time in the program's history that they've sported two separate win streaks of at least seven games during the same season. Here's the list (starting with the most recent):

  • 2013-14 (7, 7*)
  • 1998-99 (8, 7)
  • 1992-93 (8, 7)
  • 1990-91 (7, 7)
  • 1969-70 (8, 9, 9)
  • 1936-37 (9, 8)
  • *denotes active streak

    So there you have it, this team has already done something that only five others have done. The other common thread among those teams, all but one of them ('36-'37) made the NCAA Tournament and of course the 69-70 team reached the Final Four.

    Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network and there will be a live video stream courtesy of Chicago State and that can be found here:


    1936-37 Team

    Of course, the reason the 1936-37 team did not make it to the NCAA Tournament is the tournament did not start until the following year!