Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

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 >>

Ivan Aurrecoechea Named WAC Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO – A breakout week on the hardwood floor saw New Mexico State forward Ivan Aurrecoechea named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday the league announced.

This is the first weekly honor since joining the Aggies for Aurrecoechea and the first weekly honor for NM State this season.

Aurrecoechea had a breakout game against Battle of I-25 rival, pounding the paint for 23 points and 11 rebounds for his first-career double-double at the Division I level in just 14:30 minutes of action. The Spaniard was efficient around the rim for NM State, going 6-of-7 from the floor to go along with his 11-of-15 night at the line.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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WAC Media Select NMSU Men's Basketball To Win WAC

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference men's basketball media have selected NM State as the preseason favorite to win the conference crown during the 2018-19 season and Grand Canyon sophomore forward Alessandro Lever as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Aggies received 22 first-place votes, earning 214 points to earn the top spot. Grand Canyon was picked to finish second with 180 points and two first-place votes, followed by Utah Valley in third place with 162 points and Seattle U in fourth place with 150 points. CSU Bakersfield was picked to finish fifth with 117 points, followed by UT Rio Grande Valley in sixth place with 89. Kansas City was picked seventh with 73 points, while WAC newcomer California Baptist was selected eighth with 63 points. Chicago State rounded out the poll in ninth place with 32 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>