Everyone needs to relax! The coaches, players and fans. I'm not convinced our young athletes are burned out, they are in better condition beyond any previous Aggie teams and many colleges run 7 player rotations...some even less. Basketball can be a mental game as much as a physical and talented game and what we are seeing is a mental reaction to several losses by the players. The stats tend to reflect this as we won games with 22 assists against good teams while losing to lesser competition with only 7 assists (Bakersfield). Our 3-point shooting percentage is high when we win, low when we lose. Turnovers, fouls, all different through our win streak. Teams that rely on the 3-point game (previous UNM teams, Wichita State, etc) lose when their shots aren't falling. This is what's happening to us. And when the shots aren't falling, rather than try to play for a higher percentage shot via passing, they are forcing bad shots.
The fans on this site are crazy but I love you guys, or most of you. "Huggins is the best player ever and was held back because of coaching". Huggins is a maturing player but has slumped like he did last year. He can pull out of it and I'm sure he will over the next two games. Baker has been POW multiple times this season and now some are saying he sucks. Really? Yes, he forces his shots and Weir needs to play a bigger role during the game to reign him in...but certainly Baker does not suck. We wouldn't have won 20+ games in a row without him. We have seen the Jekyl and Hyde of Wilkins. And lets talk about our win streak. People who only look at the surface are going to crash hard when conditions change. We were winning a lot of our games because the level of competition was lower than us. This has been an off season for a lot of teams that usually play better. The reality is we are more comparable to GCU and Bakersfield which is why we split with them. The good thing is GCU and Bakersfield don't suck so that comparison means we're a pretty good team, but not a great team like our record reflects. Menzies would have won the same number of games with this schedule.
This season has been a roller coaster for sure. I put us in the same boat as many previous Utah State or UNM seasons where a soft schedule lead to an inflated record. Difference is theirs was by design, ours was because of an unplanned weak ooc schedule and weaker conference. It's alright because I had wanted us to try such a schedule and it did create a good buzz and kept those Menzie haters silent from attacking Weir. I'm sure when we play a more challenging schedule with mixed results they'll be back (I see GTO posting again) but its been nice not to have their negative, unrealistic positions on the board. We know we'll have to win our tournament to go dancing but I still think we have the horses to do it. So like JT so wisely posted....
Everyone just "Relax".
"It's not easy being green" Kermit the Frog "It's even more difficult being crimson" Loobh8r
This is the time of year that teams should be "Performing". NMSU has lost three of its last four games. Clearly NMSU is NOT "Performing". Doesn't mean they can't still get it together, but it is reason for concern.
This is the time of year that teams should be "Performing". NMSU has lost three of its last four games. Clearly NMSU is NOT "Performing". Doesn't mean they can still get it together, but it is reason for concern.
I agree with KK and welcome back JT. However, I don't think "relax" is the right word. Perhaps "don't overreact but still react" would be the proper sentiment. Teams are better in the WAC generally speaking but Utah Valley played a game like they did vs. BYU earlier in the season. They were hitting from everywhere. I have not lost hope but adjustments need to be made somewhere or we might not even make the NIT if we end the season crashing and burning. We can right the ship Saturday night. I hope students show up. They were a non factor Thursday night but still not an excuse for players to turn off the intensity and desire to win.