It’s a battle between a pair of schools from the Land of Enchantment when the WAC takes on the Mountain West in college hoops action. The New Mexico State Aggies are on the road as they make the in-state trek to face the New Mexico Lobos Saturday night. New Mexico State defeated Denver 72-67 on the road Tuesday night in their last contest. New Mexico dumped Wyoming 79-65 on the road last Saturday in their previous contest. The Lobos hold a 75-64 edge in the all-time series and took a 78-77 road win in the first matchup this season November 21. That snapped a five-game win streak by the Aggies in the series.
New Mexico State Aggies Try to Earn Split of Season SetNew Mexico State held off Denver on the road in their last game to climb back over the .500 mark on the year. The Aggies now try to make it two straight wins and split the season series by prevailing here over their in-state rivals. New Mexico State led by as many as 17 in the first half and by nine at halftime. The Aggies were up 15 with less than nine minutes to play but had to hang on after Denver climbed to within three with 18 seconds to play. New Mexico State shot 50 percent from the field, including eight of 22 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 38-27 to help offset 19 turnovers in the game. Jabari Rice finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Aggies in the win.
On the season, the Aggies are 294th in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 67.5 points per contest. New Mexico State is 258th in rebounding with 35.5 boards a night and 288th by dishing out 12.2 assists per contest. The Aggies are tied for 83rd in scoring defense as they allow an average of 64 points per game. Trevelin Queen leads the team with 14.9 points plus 5.5 rebounds per contest. Jabari Rice chips in 13 points a night while Ivan Aurreocoechea, Shawn Williams, Terrell Brown, Tennessee Owens and C.J. Bobbitt are important secondary options. New Mexico State shoots 42.8 percent as a team this season from the floor. The Aggies are connecting on 7.6 three-pointers a night despite shooting only 29.8 percent from beyond the arc. New Mexico State is scuffling at the free throw line, converting 67.6 percent of their chances this season.
New Mexico Aggies Seeking Fifth Straight WinNew Mexico won their fourth in a row as they took care of Wyoming to improve to 2-0 in Mountain West action. The Lobos try to extend their win streak to five and earn their 10th win of the year here. New Mexico was tied with nine minutes to play in the first half before reeling off a 15-2 lead to take command of the contest. The Lobos didn’t let Wyoming closer than nine for the final 25 minutes of the contest. New Mexico shot 48.3 percent from the floor, including a five of 17 showing from beyond the arc, and controlled the glass by a 47-29 margin to help offset 19 turnovers in the game. Corey Manigault finished with 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench to lead the Lobos.
The Lobos put up an average of 78.4 points a night this season. New Mexico collects 38.3 rebounds a night while dishing out 16.2 assists per contest. The Lobos have been weak on the defensive end, ranking 234th in the nation by giving up 71.1 points a game. JaQuan Lyle leads the team with 17.7 points plus 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists a night. Carlton Bragg Jr. (12.6 ppg, 10 boards), Corey Manigault (10.5 ppg) and Makuach Maluach (10.2 ppg) are all scoring in double figures this season. Zane Martin, Vance Jackson, JJ Caldwell and Keith McGee are all contributors on the offensive end of the floor. New Mexico is hitting 48.7 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Lobos knock down 5.5 triples a night while shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc this season. New Mexico is mediocre at the charity stripe as they cash in 72.3 percent of their chances as a team this season.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Aggies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Aggies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Lobos are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Lobos are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400