New Mexico vs. Both of these teams will be looking for a pick-me-up after considerable defeats in their previous games. A win for New Mexico just wasn't in the stars last week as the team never even grasped a temporary lead. They played a contest they are hoping to forget as they lost a blowout to Notre Dame. RB Bryson Carroll put forth a good effort for the losing side as he rushed for 69 yards and one touchdown on six carries.
Need a team to root for in March Madness? Look no further than the New Mexico State Aggies.
In non-conference play not only did the Aggies defeat their former head coach twice in the same year, they knocked off Illinois, Davidson, and Miami. Had New Mexico State finished the season undefeated in their conference, some questioned whether they could contend for an at-large bid.
Nevertheless the Aggies rolled through the WAC while celebrating their 50th season as a program. They won their fourth regular season title and eighth tournament title.
This all happening while New Mexico will sit at home missing postseason basketball. Just an added plus for Aggie fans. This was accomplished with new head coach Chris Jans at the helm of the program.
Name sound familiar? Back in , Jans was fired from Bowling Green for harassing a woman at a bar. To say that he messed up his first head coaching stint at the Division I level is an understatement.
If you want more detail on the interaction between Jans and the woman there are plenty of articles and YouTube videos out there. Additionally it is the second season ever as a Division I coach. With the new hire, Jans was able to bring Zach Lofton grad-transfer from Texas Southern to the program.
With the 10th best defensive unit in the country and only allowing 64 points a contest, New Mexico State is a dangerous team.
Standing at , Jones is a rebounding monster from the wing. Shooting 50 percent from the field and drawing a ton of mid-range attention, he also scores The graduate transfer Lofton, who has travelled all across the country, is at his last stop of his playing career.
This year he leads the Aggies with 20 points a game and probably wants to do another trip around the country in these upcoming weeks.
As a team, they outshoot opponents by nearly seven percent. They out rebound everyone else, led by Jones, by nine rebounds a contest.
They focus on ball movement Their last win came in To end the 25 year drought, the Aggies play No. So if you are not a fan of mid-majors beating high-majors, a redemption story, overcoming all odds, sending out memorable players on a good note, or fun, then do not root for New Mexico State.
But if you are like the rest of us then root for the Aggies on Friday and for the rest of the tournament. Secondary Prize: If your bracket scores higher than both Tony Massenburg and Walt Williams, you'll get a coupon code for a free regular Jersey Mike's sub!