Back when New Mexico State played in the Big West in the early 1990s, the Aggies had a regular crack at a Top 10 team in UNLV.

Now they're in the Western Athletic Conference, with teams such as Chicago State, Cal State Bakersfield and Utah Valley.

So there's little question tonight's game (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) is a good opportunity for the Aggies.

"We’re going against obviously the best team in the nation so we won’t need any extra motivation, just have to concentrate on what we do," NMSU coach Marvin Menzies said. "Any time you get a chance to play an upper echelon team, it's good for your program and good publicity to have eyes on your program."

Other items of possible interest heading into tonight's UA-NMSU game (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks):

-- The Las Cruces Sun-News has more on the Aggies' challenge.

-- We had a look at 7-foot-5 NMSU center Sim Bhullar in our preview package, which also includes a scouting report and notes.

-- Ernie Kent and Don MacLean break down the game on this video.

-- Here's the school-produced notes from Arizona and NMSU.

The Pac-12 is holding a $12 sale for single-session Pac-12 Tournament tickets today only at its website. Tickets include those for the semifinals and finals.

Mike Bibby has pretty much taken over the basketball program at Shadow Mountain High School.

Tad Boyle says Colorado still has plenty of things to work on.

Oregon State basketball fans are used to lots of pain.

Utah may schedule Kansas.

Cal's Mike Montgomery tied John Wooden's win total.

Today's load of news from Michigan:

-- UMHoops has a look at Michigan's early defensive issues.

-- Wolverines coach John Beilein compared Nick Johnson to Tim Hardaway Jr.

-- Nik Stauskas says Michigan players and fans alike are "pumped" for Saturday's game.

We'll chat here at noon if anyone's interested.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball