New Mexico State set to host rival UNM


A tough week awaits the New Mexico State men’s basketball team as it prepares to play host to Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico this Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. Tuesday’s rivalry game is sponsored by Wells Fargo.


Adam Young (@youngpbp) will have the call alongside former Neil McCarthy assistant Rus Bradburd (@RusBradburd) on the broadcast of the 222nd meeting between the Aggies and Lobos.



Aggie fans can catch the game on several stations including FOX Sports Arizona Plus, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX College Sports Pacific and Eleven Sports. In addition, fans with a paid cable subscription can catch the action anywhere on the go through their mobile device using the FOX Sports GO App on both Apple and Android platforms.


Fans can also stream the game through on the Eleven Sports NEXT channel.


Heading into Tuesday’s game, the Aggies as a team are ranked in the top-25 nationally in a couple categories through games on Sunday, Dec. 2…


Category                      National Rank               Value

Fewest Turnovers             14th                                        72

Turnovers per Game        18th                                        10.3

Turnover Margin               20th                                        5.0



Should New Mexico State complete the sweep of Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico on Tuesday, Aggie head coach Chris Jans would become the only head coach in program history to sweep both rivals back-to-back years in his first two seasons at the helm.


Jerry Hines is the only head coach in program history to sweep both UNM and UTEP in back-to-back season.


Head Coach      Years                                                              

Jerry Hines          1936-38 (4 games each)

Jerry Hines          1937-39 (4 games vs. UNM/2 games vs. UTEP)

John Griffith       1918-19* (4 games)

*Only played UNM his second season as a head coach.



The Aggies head into Saturday’s rivalry contest with a four-game winning-streak against New Mexico and looks to go for its fifth-straight. Below are the times NM State have had a five-game winning-streak against the Lobos or higher…


Streak              First Win          Last Win          

5                             3/2/1954             1/18/1956

19                           2/22/1936          12/11/1940

10                           2/11/1916          2/21/1923



The second edition of the Battle of I-25 this season is set to take place this Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center when the Aggies and Lobos battle on Lou Henson Court for the 222nd time in program history.


New Mexico State has won the last four meetings between the two programs, including a 2-0 mark during that stretch at home. NM State’s last loss at home to the UNM came on Nov. 15, 2015 (83-74).


The Lobos come to Las Cruces with a 4-1 record overall so far with their lone losing coming at the hands of New Mexico State back on Nov. 17 at Dreamstyle Arena aka The Pit. Since its loss to NM State, New Mexico have reeled off wins over UTEP (84-78) at home and Bradley (85-75) on the road.


Anthony Mathis leads the pack in scoring as well as several other categories. The 17.8 points average is good for a team-best to go along with his .587 shooting clip, 23 shots from downtown, .923 clip from the free-throw line and 13 assists.


Joining Mathis in the double-digit column is Corey Manigault, who is averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Vance Jackson, the team leader in rebounds with 7.2 boards per game is also averaging 13.4 points while Dane Kuiper checks in at 10.4 points per game. Kakuach Maluach isn’t too far off, averaging 9.0 points for the Lobos.


As a team, UNM has allowed 83.6 points per game to opponents and have been outrebounded by opponents to the tune of a -1.0 rebounding margin. The Lobos have also turned the ball over 17.2 times per game while only turning opponents over 15 times per game.

In its latest game at Bradley, New Mexico had three players score in double-figures led by Mathis – who had 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc. Manigault chipped in with a double-double for 18 points and 11 rebounds – including a 10-of-11 night from the free-throw line. Rounding out the list is Kuiper, who had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The Lobos were able to outrebound the Braves that game 40-33.



The Aggie defense and timely plays on both ends of the floor down the stretch saw New Mexico State topple its first Power-5 team at home since 2002 this past Saturday when it defeated Washington State 69-36 on Lou Henson Court.


NM State led wire-to-wire, but WSU kept clawing back and tied the game up twice before a 3-pointer from Shunn Buchanan gave the Aggies some breathing room before sealing the victory. NM State used 19 Wazzu turnovers and converted them to 20 points while also holding a 17-5 edge in fastbreak points.



With its win on Saturday over Washing State, New Mexico State captured its first victory over a Power-5 opponent at home since Nov. 27, 2002, when the Aggies defeated Colorado 75-71. NM State has now taken down a Power-5 opponent at least once in the last three seasons.


Since the 1999-2000 season, NM State has only hosted eight teams from a Power-5 conference. Of those eight games, the Aggies have gone 4-4.


Team                           Date                Score              

Washington State             12/1/18               W, 69-63

Arizona                                 11/29/11             L, 83-76

Texas Tech                           12/29/05             L, 69-63

Colorado                              11/27/02             W, 75-71

Washington                        12/8/01               L, 75-74

Texas Tech                           11/28/01             L, 81-80 (OT)

Washington                        12/30/99             W, 79-75 (OT)

Texas Tech                           12/17/99             W, 84-75



A signature game is on the horizon for New Mexico State as it heads to Kansas City for a neutral site match against No. 2 Kansas this Saturday, Dec. 8, inside the Sprint Center. The fourth meeting between the Aggies and Jayhawks is scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 p.m. (MT)/7:30 p.m. local on ESPN2.



After the Aggies return home from road trip to Kansas City, NM State will play host to a pair of games as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. First up on the docket for the Aggies will be Northern Colorado on Tuesday, Dec. 17 followed by CSUN on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. (MT).


After those two games, the Aggies immediately head to Las Vegas for the remaining two games of the tournament at Orleans Arena. NM State’s first opposition in Sin City will be Drake on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Aggies then take on either Washington State or San Diego the very next day on Sunday, Dec. 23 depending on the results from Saturday’s games.

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