Pairings Set For Legends Classic

Written by: NMSU Athetic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team now knows its opponents and schedule for the inaugural Legends Classic. The Aggies host two games Nov. 14 and 18 before meeting Texas in the semifinal game of the championship round, Nov. 23, in Newark, N.J., The Gazelle Group announced Tuesday, Sept. 25. Both of the Aggie games in the championship rounds are televised nationally on Versus.

NMSU serves as a one of four regional hosts in addition to Tennessee, West Virginia and Texas. The tournament begins for the Aggies against UC Davis, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. The game is also the home opener. NMSU concludes the regional round with LeMoyne-Owen, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

In the first semifinal game in Newark, the Aggies face the Longhorns at 5:00 p.m. in a rematch of last season’s NCAA Tournament first round game. Tennessee and West Virginia play in the other semifinal game. The championship round is a true tournament format with the consolation game set for 2:30 p.m. and the title game following at 5:00 p.m. All four games in New Jersey are held at the newly-built Prudential Center.

The Aggies first opponent, UC Davis, who is also the Aggies, joined the Big West Conference this season. UC Davis doesn’t return a senior on a squad that went 5-23 last year. The Aggies lost Thomas Juillerat, a All-Division I Independent honorable mention selection, after leading the team with a 12.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game average.

LeMoyne-Owen was 12-16 last season and the Magicians return their leading scorer sophomore guard Taurean Moy, who averaged 16.7 points per contest. The Magicians play in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and are located in Memphis, Tenn.

Texas was ranked No. 11 last year when the Longhorns defeated NMSU, 79-67, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash. Southern California eliminated UT in the second round of the tournament and the Longhorns finished the season 25-10. They also lost consensus National Player of the Year Kevin Durant to the NBA Draft. Seattle selected Durant with the No. 2 pick.

Tickets for the home games are available at the New Mexico State box office, by phone at 505-646-1420 or online at The tickets for the championship round will be available soon at