New Mexico State will look to get back over the .500 mark when the Aggies travel to Denver for a Tuesday night contest. The Aggies are off to a 5-5 start this season, but they are coming off a loss to Washington State. Denver is 4-6 this year and the Pioneers are fresh off a loss to UCLA on the road.
New Mexico State eyeing road winNew Mexico State opened the season with wins in two of its first three games, beating Western New Mexico and Southern, while losing to UTEP on the road. The Aggies lost their next two games, falling to Arizona and New Mexico. Then came a two-game winning streak that included wins against Colorado State and South Florida. They have lost two of their last three games, however, being defeated by George Mason and Washington State. New Mexico State avenged its earlier loss to UTEP with a win against them at home last Tuesday.
The Aggies only have two players scoring in double figures each game. Senior guard Trevelin Queen is scoring 14.9 points per game and averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. He is the team’s leading 3-point shooter, making 20 of 61 attempts from downtown. Sophomore guard Jabari Rice is also in double digits, scoring 12.5 points per game and grabbing 4.4 rebounds per contest. The team’s leading distributor is senior guard Shunn Buchanan, who is dishing out 3.6 assists per outing.
Denver hoping to spring upsetDenver opened the season with losses to Colorado State and Utah State, while beating Utah Valley at home. The Pioneers' second win of the year came against Western State in their fourth contest. They enter Tuesday night’s game having lost four of their last times out, including defeats to UC Riverside, Santa Clara, Southeast Missouri State and UCLA. They picked up wins against CS Fullerton and Jackson State as well. Their most recent outing was the 82-61 defeat on the road against the Bruins.
The Pioneers also only have two players who are scoring in double figures. Senior guard Ade Murkey leads the way with 12.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Murkey is the most efficient shooter on the team, connecting on 7 of 15 attempts from beyond the 3-point line. Sophomore guard Jase Townsend is also in double digits, scoring 11.6 points per game while adding 4.9 rebounds per contest. He has struggled to find a rhythm from beyond the arc, only making 15 of 51 attempts. The team’s leading assist man is freshman guard Roscoe Eastmond, who is dishing out 2.9 dimes per game.
New Mexico State is:
- 2-6 ATS in its last eight games as a favorite
- 2-7 ATS in its last nine games overall
- 1-5 ATS in its last six games following an ATS loss
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games following a straight up loss
- 4-1 ATS in its last five Tuesday games
- 10-4 ATS in its last 14 home games vs. a team with a losing road record