Tuesday Morning Tussle with UTRGV Up Next For Aggies

Tuesday Morning Tussle with UTRGV Up Next For Aggies

 | By: NM State Athletics Media Relations

Game Fifteen
NM State (7-7, 3-5 WAC) vs. UTRGV (9-6, 2-2 WAC)
Tuesday, March 2 | 11:00 a.m. | El Paso, Texas | Don Haskins Center
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OPENING TIPS
• Hoping to get back in the win column, the NM State men’s basketball team heads to El Paso, Texas, for the final time in the 2020-21 campaign where it is set to tangle with UTRGV Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. from the Don Haskins Center. No fans will be allowed at the game.
• FOX Sports Arizona, Comcast New Mexico, The ‘CW’ El Paso/Las Cruces, the FOX Sports GO app and the WAC Digital Network are all scheduled to televise the 25th all-time clash between the Aggies and Vaqueros. Adam Young and Rus Bradburd will be on the call from the Don Haskins Center.
• Over the airwaves, longtime NM State play-by-play man and US Bank/NM State Hall of Famer Jack Nixon will be on the from the Don Haskins Center. Locally, Nixon’s call can be heard on Zia Country 99.5 FM in Las Cruces.
• Listeners outside of the Las Cruces area can access Nixon’s call on the Aggie Sports Network’s affiliate stations which include 103.5 FM KNMZ (Alamogordo), 1240 AM KAMQ (Carlsbad), 1380 AM KHEY (El Paso), 1230 AM, 94.9 FM KYVA (Gallup) and 107.1 FM KMDS (Las Vegas). Fans not in any of those areas can also find his broadcast via the TuneIn app which is available nationwide.

FAST BREAK POINTS
• Dating back to 2013, the Aggies have won their last 12 regular season games in the month of March.
• NM State head coach Chris Jans is a perfect 4-0 in regular season games during the month of March as the Aggies’ bench boss.
• Tuesday morning’s game will be the second game NM State plays at the Don Haskins Center in the 2020-21 season.
• The Aggies are 10-1 (.909) in games played on Tuesday with Chris Jans as their head coach.
• Heading into Tuesday morning’s tilt with UTRGV, the Aggies sit in sixth place in the WAC standings. NM State has three regular season WAC games remaining on its 2020-21 schedule.
• NM State used its sixth different starting lineup of the 2020-21 campaign last Saturday night at Tarleton State. Sophomore guard Kalen Williams made his first start in an Aggie uniform.
• Junior forward Wilfried Likayi missed the Aggies’ last two games due to concussion protocol. Senior guard Evan Gilyard II missed NM State’s Saturday night game due to concussion protocol, too. It was Gilyard II’s first DNP due to injury in his Aggie career, snapping a 32-game streak of games played for the Chicago, Ill., product.
• Seniors Gilyard II and Donnie Tillman are approaching the 1,000-career point mark for their respective college careers. Gilyard II needs 70 points to get to quadruple digits while Tillman is 79 points away from that milestone.
• Gilyard II ranks among the nation’s best in terms of assist-to-turnover ratio. His figure of 2.50 is the second-highest in the WAC as well as the 39th-best among all NCAA Division I men’s basketball players.

SCOUTING UTRGV | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS
• Someone will be putting the brakes on a losing skid Tuesday morning in El Paso, and behind the leadership of senior guard Javon Levi the Vaqueros are hoping they’ll be the ones to do it.
• With leading scorer Sean Rhea (15.2 ppg) making the announcement last week that he’ll be hitting the transfer portal, Levi joins Quinton Johnson II and Laquan Butler near the top of UTRGV’s scoring committed. The Killeen, Texas, product averages 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds while also adding 5.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game making him one of the best all-around players in the WAC.
• Johnson II (12.1 ppg) and Butler (10.2 ppg) are the other two double-digit scorers the Vaqueros have at their disposal as they hope to put an end to an 18-game losing streak to NM State.
• Shot-blocking threat Jeff Otchere (2.4 blocks per game) returned to UTRGV’s lineup this past weekend, further solidifying the squad as a defensive-oriented one.
• UTRGV ranks among the top ten nationally in turnovers forced per game (second, 20.07), steals per game (third, 10.1), turnover margin (fifth, +5.5) and three-point field goal defense (fifth, 27.4-percent).
• Crashing the glass is a strong point for the Vaqueros, too, as they are fourth nationally in offensive rebounding (14.6 per game).

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