New Mexico State vs. Louisiana Tech: Full Game Preview

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New Mexico State vs. Louisiana Tech: Full Game Preview
New Mexico State
(6-7, 1-6 away)
Louisiana Tech
(10-3, 6-0 home)
Venue: Thomas Assembly Center
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, December 31, 2012
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
New Mexico State D Mullings 14.2 B Sy 6.6 T Watson 2.8
Louisiana Tech R Appleby 17.3 M Kyser 7.1 K Smith 5.2

There is one important category where Louisiana Tech has a statistical edge, scoring, where the Bulldogs have the upper hand over the Aggies, 73 pts/game to 64 pts/game. Last season, the Aggies went 3-0 against the Bulldogs, with an 15-point average margin of victory. Over the past four years, New Mexico State has gone 8-1 against Louisiana Tech, and 3-1 at Thomas Assembly Center.

Louisiana Tech StatSmack

  • You get an A for effort, but New Mexico State has emerged victorious against Louisiana Tech the last 7 times they've played.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? New Mexico State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (926 to 908) than Louisiana Tech, per the NCAA.
  • Tyrone Watson is ranked 9th in the WAC in assists.
  • New Mexico State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on New Mexico State is 79.0 inches compared to 76.5 inches for Louisiana Tech.
  • At least you keep showing up. New Mexico State has an average margin of victory of 10 over Louisiana Tech in 14 wins since 2000.
  • People just expect us to beat you. New Mexico State has been the favorite 13 out of the last 17 times.
  • Daniel Mullings is ranked 6th in the WAC in points, 9th in the WAC in assists, and 4th in the WAC in steals.
  • New Mexico State takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Louisiana Tech (3 vs 0).
  • It must sting. New Mexico State has blown out Louisiana Tech by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 2007.
NMSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Daniel Mullings 30 14 6 3 1 1 3
C+ Tyrone Watson 31 10 5 3 1 0 3
C Sim Bhullar 18 9 5 1 0 2 1
C Bandja Sy 32 6 6 1 0 1 2
D+ K. Ross-Miller 27 5 3 3 1 0 2
D+ T. Nephawe 20 7 5 0 0 1 3
D+ Emery Coleman 11 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Renaldo Dixon 14 4 3 1 0 1 1
D Terrel de Rouen 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Matej Buovac 9 4 2 0 0 0 0
D Remi Barry 11 3 3 0 0 0 1
D B.J West 6 2 3 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Aronis 13 4 1 1 0 0 0
D- Eric Weary 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
LaTech Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Raheem Appleby 29 17 3 2 1 0 2
B- Kenneth Smith 31 8 5 5 3 0 3
C+ Michale Kyser 23 6 7 1 1 3 1
C+ C. Johnson 25 11 3 1 1 0 1
C Brandon Gibson 22 8 4 1 1 0 2
C Alex Hamilton 14 6 1 2 1 0 1
C Gilbert Talbot 5 3 1 0 0 0 0
C- Kenyon McNeail 13 6 1 1 0 0 1
C- Isaiah Massey 9 3 3 0 0 0 0
D+ Jaron Johnson 14 3 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Stojan Gjuroski 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Chris Anderson 11 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ J.L. Lewis 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D J.D. Wilkerson 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
D- Demario Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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