As all of you who weren’t at Viejas this afternoon surely know, NBC Sports Network was a little late switching over to the SDSU-New Mexico game. Don’t get me wrong, the thrilling Ivy League tilt between Harvard and Dartmouth had some very important implications for the NCAA Tournament (who can snag that elusive 16 seed??).
Nevertheless, there was quite a bit of freaking out on Twitter by the unwashed state school rabble.
And why not freak out? After all, we were missing the start of what was sure to be a back-and-forth nailbiter against the No. 15 team in the nation — the last remaining unbeaten in the brutally tough Mountain West Conference. I was sure hoping we could keep it close and have a chance late.
Little did we know that the only drama in this game would be seeing if New Mexico could score more points than Northern Illinois did today (while shooting 1-for-33 on 3s LOL). Turns out UNM did break the quarter-century barrier. By nine, no less!
Good game, good effort, Lobos.
You know who did have a good game today? JJ O’Brien. Also every other Aztec, but especially JJ. The transfer forward has really done a lot of things well so far this season. Unfortunately, making easy baskets is not one of those things.
He finally put everything together against New Mexico, and it was awesome. Twelve points, 10 boards, and two blocks awesome. Add solid efforts by Skylar Spencer and Deshawn Stephens, and you have yourself a recipe for both a tidy little 37-23 rebounding advantage and a big run on Sudo at Albuqurque area CVS stores. Now consider that they did this against a team that features 7-foot ginger ogre Alex Kirk and 6-foot-9 marsupial Cameron Bairstow, and I’m about ready to dance a jig.
Defense! Toughness in the paint! Yes sir, this is the team I signed myself up to blog about.
Hopefully, this was some manner of corner being turned today. The Aztecs got a big lead early and kept their foot on the accelerator. They didn’t lose focus or intensity at any point.
How great was it to see James Rahon — still mired in a dreadful shooting slump that would leave other players mopier than Adam Lambert on a Valium bender — diving after loose balls and contesting fast breaks despite the huge lead? So great. Even I feel energized!
I mean, this was the type of game that must make a team want to run out and play another one tomorrow. Which sucks because now they get a week off. Before being bored to death by Air Force’s offense. And they’ll probably get snowed in another dismal cow town.
Sorry, enough negativity. Tonight is all about reveling in LOLobos. And, of course, the glory that is Ivy League basketball. Who doesn’t love that, right?