By Jeff Hunter

For the Deseret News

LOGAN — The Aggies’ veteran players are well aware of the potential for an upset Thursday night at the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship. After all, a year ago they were the No. 7 seed that delivered the knockout blow to second-seeded Boise State at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

While first-year head coach Craig Smith wasn’t around for that stunning win over the Broncos, he is still very familiar with the potential for an upset as the No. 2-seeded Aggies (25-6) gear up to play the seventh-seeded New Mexico Lobos (14-17) Thursday in the quarterfinals.

“You see some upsets, but not only are there upsets, you’re seeing teams that maybe, quite frankly, underachieved throughout the year,” Smith said. “All of a sudden, they get to the tournament and it’s a clean slate. and they start all over, play hard and play together. All of a sudden, they play like maybe they could’ve played, I guess you can say.”


Utah State head coach Craig Smith celebrates with forward Justin Bean (12) after the Aggies defeated New Mexico 71-55 during an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Logan, Utah. (Eli …read more

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