Aggies return home to host Northern NM Saturday
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State men’s basketball team (9-5) returns home after a four-game 10-day road trip to take on Northern New Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. The game against the Golden Eagles will air over the radio waves on KGRT 103.9 FM. Fans can listen to the radio coverage provided by NM State Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Nixon starting at 6:30 p.m. (MT) on the Aggie Sports Network. Live stats are available online at www.NMStateSports.com under the live events link and in-game updates will be given on Twitter @NMStateAggies.
The Aggies have a week off before taking on South Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. The game is scheduled to air on the radio with ‘Voice of the Aggies’ and Hall of Famer, Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play action
About the Aggies
Currently, the Aggies are 9-5 on the season, after beating Drake in overtime and in-state rival New Mexico in Albuquerque. On the road, NM State is 4-3 overall, while holding a 4-1 record while playing in the Pan American Center.
As a team, The Aggies are averaging 74.7 points per game, outscoring their opponents by 4.6 points per game. NM State is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from behind the 3-point arc and 69.0 percent from the free throw line. On the boards, NM State are pulling down 37.1 rebounds a game, while recording 5.8 blocks, 4.9 steals and 11.9 assists a game. Four Aggies are shooting over 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Daniel Mullings leads the Aggies with 16.6 points per game, shooting 45.3 percent from the field. He also leads the Aggies in steals with 25. Sim Bhullar is shooting a team leading 65.8 percent from the floor, while also leading the team in rebounds (104) and blocks (47). K.C. Ross-Miller second on the squad with 48 assists, while shooting a team leading 89.2 percent at the free throw line. DK Eldridge is hot from the 3-point line, making 43.9 percent of his attempts, while Renaldo Dixon is second on the team at the free throw line, knocking down 83.3 percent of his attempts.
Aggies versus Northern New Mexico
The Aggies have a 2-0 all-time record against Northern New Mexico. The first time the teams met on Feb. 14, 2012, the Aggies swept the scoreboard, 100-68. The last meeting between the NM State Aggies and the Northern New Mexico Eagles was on Nov. 21, 2012 with a win by the Aggies 67-37 at home. With only a two-game game history, NM State has an all-time record of 2-0 both wins being at the Pan American Center. The NM State Aggies take on the Northern New Mexico Eagles on Dec. 21 at the Pan American Center marking the third time in history of the two teams meeting.
Scouting Northern New Mexico
The Northern New Mexico Eagles have an overall record of 10-6 this season with a majority of those wins coming on the road. The Eagles longest and most recent winning streak is three games. Matthew Brito is the Eagles offensive leader with a .442 field goal percentage while AJ Peralta leads the team in total rebounds recording 117 for the season. The Eagles most recent win against Concordia College Alabama ended with the Eagles on top by one point, 62-61.
Aggies against South Alabama
The Aggies are 8-6 all-time the South Alabama Jaguars while going 3-3 at home, 5-2 on the road and 0-1 at a neutral site. The Aggies defeated South Alabama last year 58-52. The teams first met on Dec. 12, 1976 when the NM State Aggies experienced their first loss to the Jaguars, 83-85.
Scouting the South Alabama Jaguars
As of Dec. 18, Sun Belt Conference member, South Alabama, has an overall record of 6-5, including 0-3 on the road. The Jaguars average 74.5 points per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from 3-point range. South Alabama also averages 40.9 rebounds per game while only allowing 36.7 rebound per game.
The Jaguars are led by forward Augustine Rubit, who leads the team in points per game (18.7), field goal percentage (49.3), 3-point field goal percentage (47.8) and rebounds per game (9.8). The 6-foot-7 senior already has a Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award under his belt this season.
Aggies at Home
NM State is currently 4-1 at home this season with its only loss coming from New Mexico on Dec. 4. The Aggies currently have a 550-146 record in the Pan American Center with 43 winning seasons in 45 years. NM State has marked at least 15 wins in the Pan American Center seven times and have gone undefeated at home three times (1969-70, 1970-71, 1989-90).
The Aggies defeated I-25 rival UTEP, 86-73, Nov. 15 in from of 10,009 fans. That was NM State’s home opener and it gave the Aggies a 105-100 advantage in the 205 meetings between the two rivals. NM State shot over 50 percent in the contest, sinking 25 of 44 shots to finish with a 56.8 shooting percentage while holding UTEP to 46 percent on the night. The Aggie advantage in the paint was also noticeable as NM State out-rebounded the Miners, 37-23.
The Aggies are shooting 49 percent from the field, while out-rebounding their opponents 192-159. NM State has also out-blocked its opponents 33-7 in the Pan American Center with Sim Bhullar posting 19 in front of the Aggie crowd. Bhullar broke the school record for blocks in a game when he tallied 10 during a 91-60 win over Prairie View A&M , Nov. 27, 2013.