Texas-Arlington vs. New Mexico State: Full Game Preview

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Texas-Arlington vs. New Mexico State: Full Game Preview
Texas-Arlington
(19-12, 10-5 away)
New Mexico State
(23-10, 17-1 home)
Venue: Orleans Arena
11:00PM ET / 8:00PM PT, March 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Texas-Arlington K Butler 11.1 J Reves 8.3 S White-Miller 3.9
New Mexico State D Mullings 14.0 B Sy 7.3 T Watson 3.0

New Mexico State meets Texas-Arlington in the championship of the WAC Tournament at Orleans Arena on Saturday. It gets started at 11 p.m. ET and it can be seen on ESPN U. The Aggies beat the Mavericks 69-66 on Mar. 9 and are 1-1 against them over the last four years. New Mexico State has won four games straight.

The 14 points and 10 rebounds by Sim Bhullar helped the Aggies to a 74-65 victory over Texas State on Mar. 15. He is averaging 10.1 points per game and leads the team in blocks with 2.3 per game. In a 69-53 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Mar. 15, Karol Gruszecki put up 19 points and five rebounds for the Mavericks. He contributes 2.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.6 points per game.

Texas-Arlington StatSmack

  • Renaldo Dixon is ranked 7th in the WAC in blocks.
  • Las Cruces isn't as congested as Arlington (population is significantly lower).
  • New Mexico State is a better shooting team (45.8 percent vs. 40.5 percent) than Texas-Arlington this season.
  • Boom! New Mexico State defeated Texas-Arlington by 3 points the last time they played (Mar 09, 2013).
  • Since 1998, New Mexico State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Texas-Arlington (one vs. zero).
  • Even computers respect New Mexico State more. New Mexico State has a better RPI this season than Texas-Arlington (RPI: No. 59 vs. No. 135).
  • New Mexico State has a stronger schedule than Texas-Arlington this season (SOS Rank: No. 117 vs. No. 158).
  • The New Mexico State scoring leader (Daniel Mullings, 432 points) has more points than the Texas-Arlington scoring leader (Kevin Butler, 311 points).
  • Daniel Mullings is ranked 6th in the WAC in points and 22nd nationally in steals.
  • Sim Bhullar is ranked 8th in the WAC in rebounds and 26th nationally in blocks.
UTA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Jordan Reves 29 8 9 1 1 2 2
C Kevin Butler 27 11 5 1 1 0 2
C Brandon Edwards 26 8 8 1 1 1 1
C Karol Gruszecki 22 8 2 1 1 0 2
C- Cameron Catlett 24 6 3 3 1 0 2
C- Greg Gainey 16 7 4 0 1 0 1
D+ S. White-Miller 24 5 1 4 1 0 2
D+ Jamel Outler 18 7 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Drew Charles 16 4 2 1 1 0 2
D Luke Davis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Kyle McElvain 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Deon Rodgers 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
NMSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Daniel Mullings 0 14 5 3 2 0 3
B- Tyrone Watson 34 11 5 3 1 0 3
B- Bandja Sy 0 12 7 2 1 1 2
B- Sim Bhullar 24 10 6 1 0 2 1
C Renaldo Dixon 18 6 4 1 0 1 1
C- Terrel de Rouen 21 6 2 2 0 0 1
C- K. Ross-Miller 23 5 2 2 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 3 1 0 0 0 0
D B.J West 4 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Matej Buovac 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Eric Weary 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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