Tuesday, December 4 at 9:00 PM ET
Pan American Center
Coverage: FOX Sports Arizona PLUS
The New Mexico State Aggies take on the New Mexico Lobos in the second game of this year's Rio Grande Rivalry at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces on Tuesday.
These two teams met on November 17 at Dreamstyle Arena and New Mexico State prevailed 98-94 behind a career-high 31 points from A.J. Harris, who went 9-for-11 from the field, including 6-for-6 from distance. Terrell Brown added 20 points for the Aggies, who outrebounded the Lobos 31-22. Vance Jackson led New Mexico with 27 points, Anthony Mathis finished with 22 and Corey Manigault added 20 but it wasn't to overcome New Mexico State's hot shooting (30-for 53 from the field, making 12 of 23 3-pointers).
These two teams haven't lost since, New Mexico State has won three straight while New Mexico has won two. New Mexico State is coming off a 69-63 home win against Washington State last Saturday, led by 15 points from C.J. Bobbitt, who hit three 3-pointers. Terrell Brown added 14 points in the win.
New Mexico beat Bradley 85-75 on the road last Saturday, when Anthony Mathis made a career-high tying seven 3-pointers and had a season-best 23 points. Corey Manigault finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Dane Kuiper scored 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting.
NCAA Basketball Trends:
The New Mexico Lobos are:
8-17 ATS in their last 25 Tuesday games
6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games
8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games
The New Mexico State Aggies are:
5-1 ATS in their last six Tuesday games
5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a road winning percentage above .600
5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record
18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss
The Lobos lead the all-time series 121-100 but the Aggies have won the last four meetings (the first time they put together a streak like that since 1994).
As a team New Mexico State ranks in the top-25 in the nation in key categories:
Fewest Turnovers 72 14th
Turnovers per Game 10.3 18th
Turnover Margin 5.0 20th
New Mexico struggles guarding smaller guards and at 5-foot-9, Harris took advantage of this in the first meeting and I really like how he's been leading his team by example. He might not score 31 points on Tuesday but he will keep New Mexico State in the game.
NCAA Basketball Pick: New Mexico State -6.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports