Conference: Western Athletic Conference
How They Qualified: WAC Tournament Champions
Region: No. 13 in the West
Utah Valley may have won the WAC regular season title, but the New Mexico State Aggies only finished one game back in the conference standings. Plus, the two split the season series. I much rather win the conference tournament than the regular season title and I am sure New Mexico State would agree right about now.
The Aggies really challenged themselves in non-confernece play and actually pulled off a huge victory. We will get to that later, though.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Daniel Mullings (16.8 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Sim Bhullar (7.9 rpg)
Leading Passer: Daniel Mullings (3.5 apg)
Bad Losses: Chicago State, UMKC, Idaho
Good Wins: New Mexico, UTEP (twice)
New Mexico State took on Arizona, Gonzaga and New Mexico (twice) during the regular season. The win against the Lobos was the biggest of the year, but two victories against UTEP make that resume look even better.
Oddly enough, the Aggies lost to the Lobos at home and beat them on the road. College basketball can be a weird beast from time to time.
New Mexico State averages right around 77 points per game. If it can score close to that or better in the dance, we could be talking about this team come the Sweet 16. If not, the Tigers could have an early exit like they are probably expected to do. Leading scorer Daniel Mullings will have to be his normal high-scoring self if this team wants to avoid that.
The New Mexico State Aggies are dancing!