UTEP vs. New Mexico State: Full Game Preview

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UTEP vs. New Mexico State: Full Game Preview
UTEP
(14-11, 2-8 away)
New Mexico State
(18-9, 12-1 home)
Venue: Pan American Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
UTEP J Washburn 11.7 J Bohannon 6.0 J Streeter 5.0
New Mexico State D Mullings 13.9 B Sy 7.2 T Watson 2.9

New Mexico State hosts Texas-El Paso at Pan American Center on Saturday. It gets started at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on AggieVision or ESPN3.com. The Aggies lost to the Miners 55-54 on Nov. 28 and are 3-6 against them over the last four years.

In their last matchup on Feb. 16, Remi Barry put up 15 points for the Aggies in a loss to Utah State, 73-69. While contributing 2.1 rebounds per game, he also scores 3.8 points per game. For the Miners, McKenzie Moore finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 45-39 loss to Southern Miss on Feb. 20. He is averaging 9.6 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.4 per game.

There is a single key statistical area where New Mexico State can exploit Texas-El Paso, rebounding, where the Aggies have an edge over the Miners, 38 per game to 31 per game.

Texas-El Paso StatSmack

  • It's only wins and losses, but New Mexico State has a better overall record than Texas-El Paso this season (18-9 vs. 14-11).
  • Since 1998, New Mexico State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Texas-El Paso (one vs. zero).
  • Daniel Mullings is ranked 27th nationally in steals.
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for free throws made, steals, and blocks are in the WAC.
  • The worst team in the WAC has a higher RPI than the worst team in C-USA (No. 285 vs. No. 308).
  • New Mexico State has a better record on the road than Texas-El Paso this season (6-7 vs. 2-6).
  • New Mexico State has come back to win after being down at half against Texas-El Paso three times since 1996.
  • Even computers respect New Mexico State more. New Mexico State has a better RPI this season than Texas-El Paso (RPI: No. 77 vs. No. 90).
  • The New Mexico State steals leader (Daniel Mullings, 58 steals) has more steals than the Texas-El Paso steals leader (Julian Washburn, 26 steals).
  • The New Mexico State rebounding leader (Bandja Sy, 197 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Texas-El Paso rebounding leader (John Bohannon, 139 rebounds).
  • The WAC has 3 teams - Seattle (40.6), Texas-Arlington (39.5), and Louisiana Tech (39.3) - that secure more rebounds per game than C-USA leader, Houston (38.9).
UTEP Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- McKenzie Moore 26 10 6 2 1 1 2
B- John Bohannon 25 11 6 1 1 2 2
C+ Julian Washburn 35 12 4 2 1 0 2
C+ J. Streeter 34 8 2 5 1 0 2
C+ Konner Tucker 32 11 2 1 0 0 2
C Cedrick Lang 21 5 5 0 0 0 1
C- Chris Washburn 15 4 3 1 1 1 2
D+ Jalen Ragland 15 4 1 0 0 0 0
D+ C.J. Cooper 15 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Hooper Vint 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Twymond Howard 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Malcolm Moore 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
NMSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Daniel Mullings 34 14 5 3 2 0 3
C+ Sim Bhullar 22 10 6 1 0 2 1
C+ Tyrone Watson 33 11 5 3 1 0 3
C+ Bandja Sy 35 11 7 1 1 1 2
C- Renaldo Dixon 19 6 4 1 0 1 1
C- Terrel de Rouen 20 6 2 2 0 0 1
D+ K. Ross-Miller 23 5 2 3 1 0 2
D+ T. Nephawe 21 7 5 0 0 1 3
D+ Remi Barry 12 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Kevin Aronis 10 4 1 0 0 0 0
D Emery Coleman 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
D B.J West 5 2 3 0 0 0 1
D Matej Buovac 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Eric Weary 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
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