Until we can get out of 13, 14 or 15 seeds we will fight an up hill battle!!
Boston called the return to the NCAA tournament "a first step" toward the goal he and Theus talked about in Atlanta two years ago. "We talked about winning a national championship, not about getting into the NCAA tournament," Boston said.
Yes we would have been better with a first round draft pick in the frontcourt. Baylor would still have been better.
I am in the minority on this, but I love seeing our Aggies play top schools in the first round. It shows how we stack up against the best players in the country. I think the MSU game validated just how talented that one MM team was when they finally got on the court together. Those teams only come around once a decade. Time will tell if Weir can put that kind of firepower together at multiple positions. i think that was top 20 talent. With Pascal, Chuha, and Baker, we might have been closer to a top 40 program this year. The top 5-10 teams play at a whole other level. Sure they can be beat on an off night by a midmajor that goes crazy from 3s, but in general the talent gap is pretty big. I watched part of the Nevada - Iowa State game and thought the same thing. Yeah, Nevada could have pulled off an upset but a good Big 12 team is just better than the best MWC team. Just the way it is. We should focus on being the best team at the MWC/CUSA/Sun Belt/WAC level every year. Hopefully as the wins stack up and people like style of play, attendance will build again. If we catch magic in a bottle, like the year we matched up with MSU, even better.
What if Maston and Freeman only scored their average of 7 points and 10 points respectively? Instead they scored a combined 40 points off the bench. That's 23 points over their averages and we lost by 18. That elitist Texas reporter made it sound like they always played like they did when in fact they stepped up their game.
"It's not easy being green" Kermit the Frog "It's even more difficult being crimson" Loobh8r
You're forgetting about Boll Gnhore(sp). I think that we were counting on his size this year. Haven't heard much about him though. Does he have quickness and decent hands and feet?
Bollo is a project and likely would not have helped much this year. Not sure what his future is.
I see Bollo as being similar to Chili Nephawe in his development. He would help some now but his best years won't be until his Junior and Senior seasons.
I try not to play too much of a "what if" game when it comes to player injuries. Things happen. Now, I do play the "what if" game with player's bad (and good) decisions. What if Tyrone Nelson played his senior season? What if Herb Pope not transferred? What if Jahmar Young played his senior season? What if Troy Gillenwater stayed for his senior season? What if Sim Bhullar stayed at NMSU all four years? What if Pascal Siakam played his junior year? I know their are extenuating circumstance for every decision but better decisions by some of these players would have elevated NMSU's basketball program clearly through today.
If we are going to play the "what if" game... What if Sim had stayed four seasons? Imagine having both Sim and Pascal on last year's team. How good would that last Menzies' led team have been?
Now, "if" Siakam had stayed one more year here, Weir would have had a potentially top 25 program; somewhere in the realm of St. Mary's; who they almost beat last season. We would have won the WAC regular season, probably had an extra 2-3 wins on our overall record, get a much better seed, and played a less formidable opponent yesterday. However, keep in mind, having Siakam on this team would have meant probably either Marlon Jones (who was brought in to replace Pascal) or Jemerrio Jone (who was Weir last signee last summer) would not be on this team currently; and part of potentially next years team.