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Men's Basketball News

Chris Jans Signs Contract Extension Through 2023

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced on Wednesday a one-year contract extension for head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans. This announcement keeps the two-time Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year through the 2022-23 season in addition to other provisions included in the extension.

Following the announcement, head coach Chris Jans said, “We appreciate the confidence New Mexico State University and particularly Mario Moccia has shown our staff. The Las Cruces community and Aggies fans have been welcoming and generous with their support of this storied program.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Picked To Win WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Following a record-setting season, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team was unanimously selected as the favorite to repeat as Western Athletic Conference Champions in both the Preseason Coaches’ and Media Polls, the league announced on Wednesday.

Following the announcement head coach Chris Jans said, “When a program returns nine guys who played double figure minutes on a team that won some games you are bound to receive some preseason nods. Although, it doesn’t help with the upcoming season in terms of wins and losses. Our kids understand that and will continue to strive to get better as we all prepare for the upcoming season.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Media Day :: 09/30/19

Miller Promoted To NMSU Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans announced Thursday the promotion of James Miller to associate head coach.

"James is a young, rising star in our profession and has been a wonderful addition to our coaching staff,” said Jans. “His well-rounded skill set and wide range of experience has proven to be invaluable to our program."

Miller’s impact on the team was immediate after his arrival to the City of Crosses with the Aggies posting a program record in wins with a 30-5 overall mark. NM State also had a 19-game win-streak during the season that spanned over three months and finally snapped in the first round of the NCAA Tournament where the Aggies nearly upset No. 5 Auburn in the waning moments of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Postgame Press Conference Quotes :: New Mexico State

CHRIS JANS: Heck of a college basketball game. That is what March Madness is all about. Really proud of our guys. I think a lot of teams would have packed and went home when it got bleak for a while. We kept trying to whittle it back and we gave ourselves a chance. We gave ourselves a chance, in the end to come from behind and get a win in the tournament. Unfortunately, we didn't.

Q. I want to know, did you know you were down by two and based on that, you know, talk about your decision to kick it out for the win, I guess?
AJ HARRIS: I seen the points, we were down two, so I felt like Terrell Brown was open, he got a great shot off, got fouled. I was trusting my teammate, my partner.

Q. Did you think you had an open shot? For us, it looked like you were open. I don't know.
AJ HARRIS: Yes, I did, I had the open shot. I felt like Terrell Brown was going to hit the three.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Terrell Brown Named NABC All-Region

Written By: WAC Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, MO - Six WAC men's basketball players have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 Team announced today. CSU Bakersfield's Jarkel Joiner and Utah Valley's Jake Toolson were first team selections, while California Baptist's Milan Acquaah, Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson, NM State's Terrell Brown and Seattle U's Myles Carter were named to the second team.

Joiner, a first team All-WAC honoree, averages 16.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the WAC in scoring and had 11 games with 20 or more points this season. Joiner was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes :: Auburn

Q. Guys, first off, what do you think of New Mexico State, the depth, what you have seen in your scouting, in your preparation? Bryce?
BRYCE BROWN: They're a talented team, a very deep team like you said, they have pretty good guards, good bigs, and they have depth in all of those areas. So I think guarding their guards, keeping their guards in front of us, you know, helping our bigs out a little bit because it won't be a one-man team for them. Just helping out as much as we can because we're going to see these quick guards, fast guards, they are kind of undersized in their big, so their bigs aren't slow, undersized big as well.

Q. Jared?
JARED HARPER: They shoot the three-ball well, they are a similar team to us. They like to run, they like to press and force turnovers. So see how similar they are to us and know the things we have to do.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes :: New Mexico State

Q. Eli, can you tell me how last year's experience will help you out this year at the NCAA tournament?
ELI CHUHA: This is my third time being here. I have a lot more years of experience. From last year I felt like it gives us a little boost and watching film on these guys from last year, learning from last year what we didn't do good. This is a learning experience, so I feel like it will help us in the long run.

Q. Can both of you talk about what you have seen from Auburn and what stands out to you since you have been watching the last couple of days?
ELI CHUHA: They are strong, they are athletic, that is what we have seen so far. So really, they are super athletic and they are stronger. So, that's all we see right now.

Q. Shunn?
SHUNN BUCHANAN: Athleticism and quickness and the size of them, that is about it.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Earns 12 Seed, Will Face 5-Seed Auburn In Salt Lake City On Thursday

The 2019 Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team earned a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face 5th seeded Auburn in the first round in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, March 21st with the tip-off scheduled for 11:30 a.m MDT. The game will be nationally televised on TNT.

The Auburn Tigers finished 26-9 overall and 11-7 in SEC play and are fresh off winning the SEC Tournament title 84-64 over Tennessee on Sunday. The Tigers won four games in four days to notch their first conference tournament title since 1985.

The Tigers were also in the NCAA tournament last season and were in the San Diego regional with New Mexico State. The two teams would have met in the second round had the Aggies beaten first round opponent Clemson, however, the Aggies fell to the Tigers in the first round. Clemson then routed Auburn in the second round.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chris Jans Named WAC Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans headlines the Western Athletic Conference end of the year awards with his second-consecutive Don Haskins Coach of the Year honor.

The second-year head coach led the Aggies to its second-straight WAC Regular-Season title and fourth in five years with a 27-4 overall mark and 15-1 record in league play. New Mexico State enters the WAC Tournament with a 16-game winning-streak to its name as well.

Jans joins a shortlist of WAC head coaches that have won the Don Haskins Coach of the Year honor in back-to-back seasons that include Jim Brandenburg (Wyoming, 1980-82), Mark Fox (Nevada, 2004-07), Stew Morrill (Utah State (2008-11) and Rod Barnes (CSUB, 2015-17). Of that list, Jans and Fox are the only two coaches to win back-to-back coach of the year honors in their first two seasons at the helm.  Continue Reading This Post >>