New Mexico lost only one starter from last year's team that surged late, had the look of a team that deserved to be in the NCAA tournament by March, but just didn't have the résumé.
That, of course, led to grand expectations seven months later.
Facing its first true test in the post-Dairese Gary era on Wednesday night, the Lobos showed that that one vacancy might be tougher to fill than anyone had anticipated.
It wasn't so much that the Lobos lost to New Mexico State at The Pit in the first of two meetings between the in-state rivals. It was how ugly one of the deepest, most talented squads on the West Coast looked on the offensive end.
The Aggies are far from slouches. They're a very real contender for the WAC title this season.
But New Mexico had the look of an extremely vulnerable squad Wednesday, mostly because it got minimal contributions from its two most important players.
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