After a one year hiatus, the New Mexico Lobos and New Mexico State Aggies hook up in their annual rivalry on the Lobos home floor on Saturday.
New Mexico State Aggies vs. New Mexico Lobos (-17.5, 154.5)
Though the Lobos enter with the better record at 6-1, they enter with injury concerns with leader in points per game Jamal Mashburn Jr. having missed the past two games with a deep quad contusion.
The status of Mashburn Jr. is questionable and even if he plays, might not be the same player that has averaged 18.2 points per game on 38.1% 3-point shooting.
This injury comes just after last season’s second-leading scorer and leader in assists, Jaelen House, made his return in the team’s most recent game against Louisiana Tech, a 74-65 win.
For New Mexico State, they enter Saturday’s game having lost three straight games against Division I opponents, but with their losses to Fresno State and Louisville having come in overtime.
In New Mexico State’s most recent loss to Louisville, the team was called for 40 fouls in very controversial fashion with the Aggies on the road for the game.
The Aggies have made it a priority this season to allow as little as possible inside of the 3-point arc as opponents are taking 47% of their field goal attempts from 3-point range, the 14th-highest rate in the nation.
With New Mexico entering Friday 185th in the country in 3-point shooting and having to deal with the possibility of not having Jamal Mashburn Jr. in this game, the Aggies will keep this game closer than many expect.
The Play: New Mexico State +17.5