NM State Releases 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After winning the 2012 WAC Tournament Championship and making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, the New Mexico State men's basketball team returns to the court in 2012-13 with 16 regular season home games at the Pan American Center. The schedule also features a Pac-12 opponent and two 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.

Sixth-year head coach Marvin Menzies said he was happy with the schedule that includes non-conferences games against Oregon State, New Mexico, UTEP, Southern Mississippi, Missouri State and South Alabama.

"I'm excited about the schedule for several reasons, one being that we have a lot of opportunities to play teams who have will very good RPIs (Ratings Percentage Index) that we believe will benefit us in the long run," Menzies said. "Having trips to New York and Oregon State and playing games of that magnitude will benefit us in conference play as it has in the past."

The Aggies host Western New Mexico (Nov. 5) in their lone exhibition game of the year before opening the 2012-13 season at Oregon State (Nov. 11) in Corvallis, Ore. This is the fourth consecutive season NM State has started the season with a road contest, and it is the first game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

The Aggies return to Las Cruces to meet Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 15) in the home opener, which is a part of a doubleheader with the NM State volleyball team. The Crimson and White then return to the road for two additional games in the 2K Sports Classic in New York (Nov. 17-18) with opponents to be announced soon.

NM State concludes a stretch of five games in nine days in Las Cruces with Northern New Mexico College (Nov. 21) and Louisiana (Nov. 23), which is in honor of former Aggie Kelsey Crooks. The Aggies travel to El Paso, Texas, for the first rivalry game of the season at UTEP (Nov. 28).

The Aggies welcome Southern Mississippi to the Pan Am for the first time in school history (Dec. 1), before they face South Alabama (Dec. 4) in Mobile, Ala. Following fall exams, NM State faces in-state rival New Mexico (Dec. 15) in Albuquerque, N.M., prior to the rematch in Las Cruces (Dec. 19). The Aggies host Missouri State (Dec. 22) before WAC play begins.

The conference slate starts on the road at UT-Arlington (Dec. 29) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 31). NM State hosts UTSA (Jan. 3) and Texas State (Jan. 5). The Aggies travel west to Seattle (Jan. 10) and Idaho (Jan. 12).

A three-game home stand includes Utah State (Jan. 17), San Jose State (Jan. 19) and Denver (Jan. 23). The Aggies start the second half of WAC action at Texas State (Jan. 31) and UTSA (Feb. 2). NM State hosts Idaho (Feb. 7) and Seattle (Feb. 9) in the Lou Henson Classic before travelling to San Jose State (Feb. 14) and Utah State (Feb. 16).

The Aggies take a break from conference play and host UTEP (Feb. 23) prior to the final road game of the year at Denver (March 2). NM State concludes the regular season at home against Louisiana Tech (March 7) and UT-Arlington (March 9).

NM State defends its WAC title at the conference tournament March 13-16 in Las Vegas, Nev.

2012-13 NM State men's basketball schedule

Date Opponent Location

Nov. 5                       Western New Mexico (Exhibition)      LAS CRUCES

Nov. 11                     at Oregon State^                                         Corvallis, Ore.

Nov. 15                     Southeastern Louisiana                            LAS CRUCES

Nov. 17                     at TBA^                                                            New York

Nov. 18                     at TBA^                                                            New York

Nov. 21                     Northern New Mexico                              LAS CRUCES

Nov. 23                     Louisiana%                                                     LAS CRUCES

Nov. 28                     at UTEP                                                            El Paso, Texas

Dec. 1                        Southern Mississippi                                 LAS CRUCES

Dec. 4                        at South Alabama                                        Mobile, Ala.

Dec. 15                     at New Mexico                                             Albuquerque, N.M.

Dec. 19                     New Mexico                                                  LAS CRUCES

Dec. 22                     Missouri State                                              LAS CRUCES

Dec. 29                     at UT-Arlington*                                          Arlington, Texas

Dec. 31                     at Louisiana Tech*                                       Ruston, La.

Jan. 3                         UTSA*                                                              LAS CRUCES

Jan. 5                         Texas State*                                                  LAS CRUCES

Jan. 10                      at Seattle*                                                      Seattle, Wash.

Jan. 12                      at Idaho*                                                         Moscow, Idaho

Jan. 17                      Utah State*                                                    LAS CRUCES

Jan. 19                      San Jose State*                                            LAS CRUCES

Jan. 23                      Denver*                                                          LAS CRUCES

Jan. 31                      at Texas State*                                             San Marcos, Texas

Feb. 2                        at UTSA*                                                         San Antonio, Texas

Feb. 7                        Idaho*                                                              LAS CRUCES

Feb. 9                        Seattle*&                                                       LAS CRUCES

Feb. 14                     at San Jose State*                                       San Jose, Calif.

Feb. 16                     at Utah State*                                               Logan, Utah

Feb. 23                     UTEP                                                                 LAS CRUCES

March 2                    at Denver*                                                     Denver, Colo.

March 7                    Louisiana Tech*                                           LAS CRUCES

March 9                    UT-Arlington*                                               LAS CRUCES

March 13-16           WAC Tournament                                        Las Vegas, Nev.

* = WAC games

^ = 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wound Warrior Project

% = in honor of Kelsey Crooks

& = Lou Henson Classic

Home games are listed in bold.

Game times and television broadcasts will be announced at a later date.