(This is the twenty-first installment of Bill Harty’s game recaps as part of The Mid Majority ninth season taking readers to mid-major college basketball games around the country. Visit midmajority.com to find out more about this group-sourced effort to spread the word about the many fine basketball programs around the country that are having success on and off the court while generally not having access to the resources brought to athletic programs by big-time college football. Bill will be recapping most Aggie home games, and the occasional road foray, for both The Mid Majority and bleedCrimson.net.)
There are only two schools in the intersection of the set of schools that belonged to the Western Athletic Conference last year (2011-12) and those that will belong to the WAC next year (2013-14): the University of Idaho and New Mexico State University. Of course, there are only three of this year’s members that will return next year, adding Seattle University. Despite having that in common and despite having competed in the same conference most of the time since Idaho moved from the Big Sky to the Big West in 1996, this pairing does not seem to have become any sort of rivalry, for NMSU followers anyway. I guess the distances involved are too great for there to be much interaction between fans except for conference tournaments.
In women’s basketball, the Vandals have a 19-9 advantage over the Aggies in the series that began in 1982, with the two teams splitting last year’s games. NMSU got one of its three conference victories of 2012 over the Vandals in Las Cruces, 61-47; the Vandals took the game in Moscow to overtime, winning 61-59. Idaho arrives in Las Cruces with a 5-10 overall record and a 2-2 WAC record, losing at home both to conference leader Seattle and to Utah State, and defeating San Jose at home and Denver on the road on Thursday night. The Aggies’ record stands at 9-6, 3-2 in the WAC including a home victory over Louisiana Tech, and road wins at UTSA and Texas State; their conference defeats have both come at home, in the opener against Texas-Arlington and Thursday, when hosting Seattle. Continue Reading This Post >>