NMSU men to travel to Drake Saturday
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State men’s basketball team (7-5) continues its four-game, 10-day road swing by heading to Des Moines, Iowa to face Drake (6-2) in the Knapp Center, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. (MT) with radio coverage on KGRT 103.9 FM. Fans can listen to the radio coverage provided by NM State Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Nixon starting at 5:30 p.m. (MT) on the Aggie Sports Network. Television coverage will be provided Mediacom with coverage in Iowa and surrounding states. 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 will wrap up their run of four-consecutive road games with a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take on in-state rival, University of New Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. (MT). The Lobos are currently 9-1 on the season and previously defeated NM State 79-70 on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fans and media can access post-game video interviews with head coach Marvin Menzies and selected players after each game on-line at www.NMStateSports.com by clicking on the game recap.
About the Aggies
Currently, the Aggies are 7-5 on the season, having dropped its last four games. On the road, NM State is 2-3 overall, while holding a 4-1 record while playing in the Pan American Center. During the Aggies’ four game skid, rebounding has been a spot to look at. NM State is -9.7 in rebound margin during its last four games, while during their seven game winning streak held a +8.6 rebound margin.
As a team, The Aggies are averaging 74.8 points per game, outscoring their opponents by 3.9 points per game. NM State is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from behind the 3-point arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. On the boards, NM State are pulling down 36.5 rebounds a game, while recording 5.7 blocks, 4.8 steals and 12 assists a game. Four Aggies are shooting over 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Daniel Mullings leads the Aggies with 17.7 points per game, shooting 48.7 percent from the field. He also leads the Aggies in steals with 18. Sim Bhullar is shooting a team leading 69 percent from the floor, while also leading the team in rebounds (86) and blocks (39). K.C. Ross-Miller second on the squad with 41 assists, while shooting 85.7 percent at the free throw line. DK Eldridge is hot from the 3-point line, making 45 percent of his attempts, while Renaldo Dixon is the team leader from the free throw line, knocking down 87 percent of his attempts.
The Drake Bulldogs enter this week’s game against NM State 6-2 after suffering a loss to Iowa 83-66 on December 7.
Drake averages 75.9 points per game while holding its opponents to 65.6 points per game. The Bulldogs are shooting just under 50 percent from the field, averaging 48 percent per game. Drake is averaging 8.3 three-point field goals per game, and is shooting 40 percent on the season from three-point range.
The Bulldogs are lead by senior guard Richard Carter, who is averaging a team high 20.3 points per contest. Carter is ranked 39th in the nation in scoring. Another player to watch on the Drake team is junior guard/forward Chris Caird, who is averaging 4.4 rebounds per game. Caird was a nominee for the Missouri Valley Player of the week after their loss to No. 23 Iowa.
Caird posted a career-high 21 points in the loss to Iowa by going 7-of-11 from the field and a staggering 5-fo-8 from the 3-point arc. He had the hot hand in the first half, going 4-of-5 from the arc for 14 points in 19 minutes. His 21 points are the fourth most anyone has scored on Iowa this season.
At the conclusion of the Iowa game, Drake was outrebounded for just the second time this season, and their offense was limited to its second lowest shooting percentage of the season at 39.7 percent despite shooting 48.3 percent in the first half.
Aggies versus Drake
The Aggies are 17-9 all-time record against Drake, while going 4-7 on the road against the Bulldogs. NM State is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings with Drake.
The Aggies first met with the Bulldogs on Dec. 21, 1939 in Las Cruces with a score of 70-59. They met again the following day on Dec. 22 and the Aggies beat them once again with a score of 49-47. They last met on Feb. 18, 2012 in Las Cruces where the Aggies won 71-55.