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Aggies’ road trip goes to bluesy Chicago, K.C.

It’s two games in two major league cities against schools with little to no basketball reputation.
The New Mexico State Aggies, however, needn’t sing the blues about being in two towns known for them — tonight at Chicago State, Saturday at Missouri-Kansas City.
Playing an unbeaten team in league play Thursday night, coupled with the prospect of playing in new Western Athletic Conference environments, are more than enough to keep NMSU (14-5, 3-0) motivated despite outscoring opponents by over 18 points per game through the first three contests.
“I think the interest level anytime you go up against somebody new should be motivation,” coach Marvin Menzies told the Las Cruces Sun-News. “I’m hoping that component is there for our guys. It really is about us concentrating on getting better.”
Chicago State (7-9, 2-0) beat previous WAC unbeaten UMKC last weekend on the road, and UMKC started league play 2-0 with road wins at Seattle and Idaho.
Despite winning last weekend against Seattle and Idaho, New Mexico State dropped two spots in the NCAA RPI this week to 54. UMKC is the next WAC team at 168, followed by Chicago State (186), Seattle (194), UVU (199), Idaho (273), Bakersfield (287), Grand Canyon (290) and Texas-Pan American (327).
The margin of error the Aggies theoretically have in conference play is factoring in to the decision to sit out 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar, who is expected to miss tonight’s game with a foot injury that isn’t healing as quickly as NMSU hoped.


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