POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 6:33pm
Miners/Aggies Set For Round One Of SONIC® ® America’s Drive-In® Battle of I-10
UTEP will head up the road to challenge New Mexico State in the in the SONIC® ® America’s Drive-In® battle of I-10 in the Pan-American Center at 6:30 p.m. MST Wednesday. The meeting is the first of two on the year for the programs, with the Aggies venturing to El Paso for a match-up on Nov. 29. The Miners (1-0) downed Idaho State, 79-63, in their home & season opener on Nov. 12. The Aggies (1-1) relied upon an 11-0 run late in the game to take down reigning Conference USA champion, Houston, 63-62, on the road on Nov. 11. They were derailed in their home opener, though, against the Bengals of ISU, 59-41, on Nov. 14.
We Meet Again
The Miners and Aggies have squared off multiple times annually since the start of UTEP’s program (1974-75 campaign), with Wednesday’s match-up being the 77th all time. NM State leads the series, 46-30, including a 29-9 edge in Las Cruces. The team’s split the series last year, with the road team winning each game. NM State held off UTEP, 80-75, in overtime at the Haskins Center on Nov. 17, 2010 while the Miners derailed the Aggies, 74-67, at the Pan-American Center to ring in the New Year on a high note on Jan. 2, 2011. NM State has earned a season sweep 16 times, most recently during the 2009-10 campaign. The Miners have registered eight sweeps (last in 2007-08), with half of those coming Adam’s direction. Overall UTEP is 11-9 against NM State during the Adams era, making her the lone coach in program history to post a winning mark against the Aggies.
More On The Series
UTEP won the first two meetings against NM State but that is the only time it has ever been ahead in the series ledger as the Aggies rattled off nine straight wins. NM State’s advantage eventually grew to 32-11 (midway through the 1994-95 season) but the Miners are 19-14 since. Included in stretch was a 9-1 surge by UTEP.