New Mexico vs. San Diego State: Full Game Preview

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New Mexico vs. San Diego State: Full Game Preview
New Mexico
(17-2, 5-1 away)
San Diego State
(15-4, 9-2 home)
Venue: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, January 26, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
New Mexico K Williams 14.1 A Kirk 7.6 K Williams 4.6
San Diego State J Franklin 17.8 J Franklin 9.6 J Franklin 3.4

San Diego State plays host to No. 15 New Mexico at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl on Saturday. The game gets underway at 4:00 EST and it can be seen on NBCSN. The Aztecs are 6-4 against the Lobos over the last four years. They lost 68-59 the last time they played (3/10/2012).

San Diego State is in 2nd place in the Mountain West and will be trying to close the gap with New Mexico, who is currently in 1st place.

In their last match-up, Chase Tapley finished with 17 points in the Aztecs 78-57 blowout of Nevada on January 23rd. He is putting up 14.9 points per game while also averaging 3.4 rebounds per game. For the Lobos, Chad Adams put up 13 points and 6 rebounds in the 66-61 win over Colorado State on January 23rd. He is averaging 5.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. From a tempo-free perspective, New Mexico is strong in free throw rate at 49.9. This is good enough for 1st in the conference and 3rd in the nation.

New Mexico StatSmack

  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. San Diego State has come back to win after being down at half against New Mexico 6 times since 2001.
  • The San Diego State rebounding leader (Jamaal Franklin) has more rebounds than the New Mexico rebounding leader (Alex Kirk).
  • San Diego State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on San Diego State is 211 lbs compared to 205 lbs for New Mexico.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 San Diego State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than New Mexico (3 vs 0).
  • We make our fans proud. San Diego State has a better record at home than New Mexico this season (6-0 vs 7-1).
  • San Diego State is better under pressure, and has defeated New Mexico in 6 out of the last 8 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Xavier Thames is ranked 9th in the Mountain West in assists.
  • San Diego State players are more experienced than New Mexico players (12,347 minutes played vs 11,841 minutes played).
  • AP voters think more highly of San Diego State and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than New Mexico (43 vs 27).
  • San Diego State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on San Diego State is 78.0 inches compared to 77.0 inches for New Mexico.
Lobos Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ K. Williams 35 14 4 5 1 0 2
B Alex Kirk 27 12 8 0 1 1 2
B Tony Snell 30 13 2 3 1 1 2
B- Hugh Greenwood 27 7 5 2 1 1 1
C+ C. Bairstow 19 8 5 0 1 1 1
C+ Chad Adams 23 6 4 1 1 0 1
C Jamal Fenton 14 5 1 1 1 0 1
C- D. Walker 17 5 1 1 1 0 2
D+ Nick Banyard 7 1 2 0 0 0 1
D+ C. Thomas 7 1 1 1 0 0 0
D Kory Alford 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Chris Perez 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
SDSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Jamaal Franklin 33 18 10 3 2 1 4
B Chase Tapley 31 15 3 2 1 1 1
C+ Xavier Thames 28 10 2 2 1 0 2
C+ J.J. O`Brien 26 6 4 2 1 0 1
C D. Stephens 22 6 5 0 1 0 1
C Winston Shepard 21 6 4 2 1 0 2
C Skylar Spencer 15 3 3 0 0 1 0
C James Rahon 22 6 2 1 1 0 0
C- L. Franklin 13 7 4 2 1 1 1
D+ Dwayne Polee II 11 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Aaron Douglas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D James Johnson 4 2 0 0 0 0 1
D N. Ebrahimian 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Ryan Staten 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
F J. Castleberry 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
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