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Tonight is shaping up to be a really good night to test the top teams of the WAC.

Headliner: NMSU vs GCU. Can the NMSU team that took down Miami show up tonight
or will the tough environment and strong defense of GCU stifle the Aggies?

Measuring Stick: UTRGV vs CSUB. Two teams with similar records face off against
each other. Bakersfield has struggled this season especially after
getting blown out by UVU by 33 points. While having a weaker SOS,
UTRGV has a winning record after beating UMKC by 12. This game
should test to see if CSUB has gone down the tubes this season or if
last games loss was just a fluke. Should also show if UTRGV is a
team that can make waves in the WAC this season.

Keep an eye on the other two games. CSU lead for a good portion of the first half against NMSU. It would be interesting to see if that team shows up against a solid SU. If UVU beats UMKC by 25+ points, that team will challenge the top teams of the WAC for the title.
01-11-2018 03:10 PM
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Really happy with Chicago State’s narrow loss in Seattle. Between tonight and the first half against NMSU, the Cougars are getting better and better.
01-12-2018 12:46 AM
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(01-12-2018 12:46 AM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  Really happy with Chicago State’s narrow loss in Seattle. Between tonight and the first half against NMSU, the Cougars are getting better and better.

They fouled a bit too much and lost because they gave SU free throws. They should win some games in the WAC this season.

The rest of the games went as expected. What was surprising was UTRGV's margin of victory over CSUB. I know that CSUB did not have two of their best players, but that was a tough loss. Saturday's match ups should be interesting.
01-12-2018 01:08 AM
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Terrible game for Seattle U overall and didnt seem to shoot as many 3s as usual. Weird game id like to forget
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What a telling night. NMSU may have only won by 11, but they won the rebounding battle 50-25. They were quicker, tougher, and made the shots they had to make. Lofton put an exclamation point on his statement for player of the year so far. GCU saw where NMSU set the bar, and it’s going to be tough to reach it.

UVU looked like beasts as they dismantled UKMC. The matchup between UVU and NMSU will be amazing to watch. Mark Pope has done an outstanding job with building up that team.

Chicago State looked like a different team, and took Seattle down to the wire. Way to put that loss against the Aggies behind them. There is hope in the Windy City! On the other hand, Redhawk fans may be getting worried.

UTRGV keeps finding ways to win. Meanwhile, CSUB is struggling mightily. What happened to the Runners after all the preseason expectations?
01-12-2018 10:11 AM
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The WAC is between NMSU and Utah Valley. I knew all the preseason hype about GCU was false.
01-12-2018 11:29 AM
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(01-12-2018 11:29 AM)dancingNMSUaggie Wrote:  The WAC is between NMSU and Utah Valley. I knew all the preseason hype about GCU was false.

It’s a head scratcher for those of us who support GCU too, Dancing. This was our best recruiting class. The pieces seemed to be coming together finally. We built up to this season. But then the pieces aren’t always what they seem. Your grad transfer in Lofton turned out to be amazing and season defining. Benson, on the other hand, has been far less dominant and honestly disappointing. Braun is having his worst season. Blumbergs has had minimal impact.

Not making excuses. It is what it is, and I’m going to maintain hope and keep cheering them on all season. Frayer shows moments of greatness, and I’m excited by his potential. Lever may prove impactful as he continues to develop. But, I think most of us who watched every non conference game were aware that this season wasn’t living up to expectations we had in November.
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(01-12-2018 12:03 PM)Raider_Lope Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 11:29 AM)dancingNMSUaggie Wrote:  The WAC is between NMSU and Utah Valley. I knew all the preseason hype about GCU was false.

It’s a head scratcher for those of us who support GCU too, Dancing. This was our best recruiting class. The pieces seemed to be coming together finally. We built up to this season. But then the pieces aren’t always what they seem. Your grad transfer in Lofton turned out to be amazing and season defining. Benson, on the other hand, has been far less dominant and honestly disappointing. Braun is having his worst season. Blumbergs has had minimal impact.

Not making excuses. It is what it is, and I’m going to maintain hope and keep cheering them on all season. Frayer shows moments of greatness, and I’m excited by his potential. Lever may prove impactful as he continues to develop. But, I think most of us who watched every non conference game were aware that this season wasn’t living up to expectations we had in November.

I think the big issue with GCU was that the teams they beat weren't that impressive. Yes they did play some good teams close, but they did not win. It is hard to judge how good/mediocre GCU is. They have a decent record but the lack of a signature win makes me wonder how well they will do against a stronger WAC. They won against Seattle, but Seattle struggled against Chicago State. UTRGV is looking like a good team. It will be interesting to see how they match up against GCU. As of right now I think that GCU can do fine against teams 5-8, but may struggle to split the seasons against teams 1-3.
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(01-12-2018 12:03 PM)Raider_Lope Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 11:29 AM)dancingNMSUaggie Wrote:  The WAC is between NMSU and Utah Valley. I knew all the preseason hype about GCU was false.

It’s a head scratcher for those of us who support GCU too, Dancing. This was our best recruiting class. The pieces seemed to be coming together finally. We built up to this season. But then the pieces aren’t always what they seem. Your grad transfer in Lofton turned out to be amazing and season defining. Benson, on the other hand, has been far less dominant and honestly disappointing. Braun is having his worst season. Blumbergs has had minimal impact.

Not making excuses. It is what it is, and I’m going to maintain hope and keep cheering them on all season. Frayer shows moments of greatness, and I’m excited by his potential. Lever may prove impactful as he continues to develop. But, I think most of us who watched every non conference game were aware that this season wasn’t living up to expectations we had in November.

What is going on with Braun?
01-12-2018 03:15 PM
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(01-12-2018 03:15 PM)dbackjon Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 12:03 PM)Raider_Lope Wrote:  
(01-12-2018 11:29 AM)dancingNMSUaggie Wrote:  The WAC is between NMSU and Utah Valley. I knew all the preseason hype about GCU was false.

It’s a head scratcher for those of us who support GCU too, Dancing. This was our best recruiting class. The pieces seemed to be coming together finally. We built up to this season. But then the pieces aren’t always what they seem. Your grad transfer in Lofton turned out to be amazing and season defining. Benson, on the other hand, has been far less dominant and honestly disappointing. Braun is having his worst season. Blumbergs has had minimal impact.

Not making excuses. It is what it is, and I’m going to maintain hope and keep cheering them on all season. Frayer shows moments of greatness, and I’m excited by his potential. Lever may prove impactful as he continues to develop. But, I think most of us who watched every non conference game were aware that this season wasn’t living up to expectations we had in November.

What is going on with Braun?

I blame this guy...

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