After a thrilling win on the road last week, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team returns home and looks to hold serve as it welcomes Kansas City into the Pan American Center on Thursday, Jan. 31, for a 7 p.m. (MT) tip.
WHERE TO WATCH
Aggie fans can catch the game on several stations including FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports West, 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.
FOX Sports Arizona (LIVE)
DISH: HD – 415 | DTV: 686 | Comcast: Various
FOX Sports West (LIVE)
DISH: HD – 417 | DTV: 692
FOX Sports Oklahoma (LIVE)
DISH: SD – 443, HD – 9581 | DISH Hopper: 412-31 | DTV: 675
FOX College Sports Pacific (LIVE)
DTV: 608 | Comcast Xfinity: 262 | AT&T U-verse: 647
Eleven Sports (LIVE)
DTV: 623 | AT&T: 1665 | Verizon FiOS: 597
FOX Sports San Diego (Delay) – 4 a.m. (MT) on Friday, Feb. 1.
DTV: 694 | DISH: 408 | AT&T U-Verse: 1776
Comcast New Mexico | Ch. 77
Aggie fans that can’t make it to Saturday’s contest can catch the game by listening to NM State Athletics/US Bank Hall of Famer Jack Nixon on 99.5 Zia Country and affiliate stations on the Aggie Sports Network listed below or via TuneIn.
103.7 FM KNMZ
1150 AM KNMM
1240 AM KAMQ
1380 AM KHEY
1230 AM, 94.9 FM KYVA
107.1 FM KMDS
Thursday’s contest against UMKC will be the third Aggie hat giveaway. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will get their hands on the limited edition hats.
For Saturday’s game, former head men’s basketball coach Reggie Theus will make a return to the Pan Am. It will also be the second opportunity for fans to take advantage of the 4 for $40 ticket plan. The 4 for $40 ticket plan gets fans four tickets, four sodas and four hot dogs for just $40 and won’t be available on game day.
IN THE NATION
Through games on Jan. 29, NM State is ranked 12th in the country rebounding margin (7.6) and its offensive rebounds per game (13.15) checks in at No. 22 in the nation while its NET ranking of 74 is best amongst WAC teams.
SCOTING THE ROOS
Heading into this Thursday game against Kansas City, the Aggies have an 11-1 edge in the all-time record and 5-0 when playing in the Pan American Center. The lone loss to the Roos came in the first meeting between the two programs on Jan. 18, 2014, at UMKC – a 68-66 affair.
UMKC is 8-13 overall on the year and 3-3 in league play. The Roos snapped their three-game skid last Saturday when they defeated Seattle U 63-54 at home. Xavier Bishop leads all players with a 16.4 points average in addition to his 4.0 assists average and 2.9 boards per game. His 45 made 3-pointers is second-most on the year while shooting 62-of-82 from the free-throw line.
Rob Whitifield and Brandon McKissic round out the list of double-digit scorers for UMKC at 11.2 points per game each. Both McKissic and Whitifield also pace the team in the steals category with 34 apiece. Jamel Allen is averaging 7.9 points for the Roos but leads the team with 16 blocks. Marvin Nesbitt Jr. is the team leader in rebounds, checking in with 4.6 boards per game.
In conference play, Bishop has boosted his scoring to 16.8 points per game while McKissic checks in with 13.8 points per game. UMKC has kept its opponents within striking distance despite its 3-3 record and have only been outscored 412-417 in WAC games.
ANOTHER AGGIE GETS THE CALL
Former Aggie basketball player Reggie Jordan will become the 26th men’s basketball player to be inducted into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame come Friday night on Feb. 22 when he is formally inducted with four other former student-athletes that’ll forever be immortalized in Aggie sports history.
Jordan (1989-91) was a two-year letter winner for the Aggies during his time in Las Cruces. His 14.6 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game as a senior earned him First-Team All-Big West honors before finishing his career with 752 points and 412 rebounds. He helped the Aggies earn NCAA Tournament berths both years while also taking home Big West Co-Champion honors in his first season.
After his time at NM State, Jordan had a long 19-year professional career – including seven years in the NBA. He wrapped up his NBA career seeing action in 186 games while tallying 500 points, 343 rebounds, 190 assists, 92 steals and 31 blocks on top of his .433 shooting clip. He posted a career-high 28 points during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1993-94 campaign.
LAST TIME OUT
With 13 seconds remaining after UTRGV tied the game up at 61-61, Aggie floor general AJ Harris raced up the floor and zoomed a 40-foot pass to Eli Chuha for the game-winning basket with eight seconds on the clock to give NM State the eventual 63-61 win over the Vaqueros.
Ivan Aurrecoechea and Harris each had 12 points for the Aggies while Chuha finished with 10 points and six boards. The Spaniard also added five boards Saturday night while going 5-of-6 from the field while Harris tallied four steals.
The back-and-forth game for both teams led to nine lead changes and seven different instances where the game was tied.
After a much-needed week at home, the Aggie men’s basketball team hits the road once again. First up for the Aggies will the Runners of CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, Feb. 7, followed by a Saturday, Feb. 9, meeting at Grand Canyon. Both games are slated to be broadcast on ESPN3.
NM State will return home for a four-game homestand (Feb. 14-23), beginning with Utah Valley (Feb. 14) and Seattle U (Feb. 16). The match-up with the Redhawks will the annual Pack the Pan Am game.