Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

NCAA Tournament Postgame Press Conference Quotes :: Baylor

COACH DREW: Well, I thought our offense was good both halves. The big difference was second half. We held them 36 percent and 2-8 from three. So really defended better. And then we only had five turnovers, which we were able to keep them out of transition more because of that. I thought they're a very good team, very explosive team.

And I thought our effort in the second half to take care of the ball and make sure we got back in transition was really good. And all year long our depth has been a good strength.

Al and T.J. had monster games, and that's what the beauty of having depth is. So they're experienced players. They didn't want to stop playing, and they did a great job stepping up, especially when Mot was in foul trouble the first half.

Q. Terry, that first after in particular, with J. Mot in foul trouble, did you feel like you needed to step up at that point?  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Transcript :: Baylor

Q. Ish, obviously you guys want to get past the first round. How much motivation is that after what's happened the last two years?
ISHMAIL WAINWRIGHT: What happened the last two years? No, we haven't really talked about it. We know what we need to do. Coach has broke down everything. Just moving on. This is a new season, New Mexico State is a great team. They're led by a great point guard. Coach is amazing, too. So we know what's at stake and we know what we need to do.

Q. Johnathan, their coach talked about it that the teams are very similar in terms of if you look at stats in particular, both good offensive rebounding teams, both good three-point shooting defense. How much of an emphasis will it be to keep them off the offensive glass? Obviously they're going to try to do the same thing to you, but how much of that will be an emphasis for you guys?  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Transcript :: New Mexico State

Q. Ian, you're pretty much the only one on this team who's played meaningful minutes at an NCAA game. How key is your leadership going to be for a lot of the guys the first time playing in a tournament game?
IAN BAKER: I think it'll be very key. I think my job is to keep my team calm and keep them composed and give their best effort.

Q. Kind of to piggyback off that, I know you have played in a tournament game before, too, but how key has Ian's leadership been for you this year and how key will that be in this game?
MATT TAYLOR: It's been huge obviously all year. He's been a guy that we've looked to and we've fed off of him. We've always said our PG is going to take us as far as we go. So him being our team leader and stuff like that, it'll definitely help out there when we go through stuff that some of us haven't been through.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: Paul Weir NCAA Press Conference :: 03/13/17

Ian Baker Named WAC Player Of The Year; Chuha, Jones Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men’s basketball senior guard Ian Baker was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 2016-17. Meanwhile, Eli Chuha earned Second-Team All-WAC honors and Jemerrio Jones was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team the conference announced Tuesday morning.

NM State has now produced two of the last three conference player of the year honorees. In addition, this is the second-straight year Baker has been named First-Team All-WAC.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Eli Chuha Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore forward Eli Chuha has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 27-March 4. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Redlands, Calif., native scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end, in a rout of UT Rio Grande Valley. Chuha shot 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field and 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) at the line on the game. He also dished out two assists and nabbed one steal in 26 minutes of action. Chuha currently leads the WAC in field goal percentage (60.5), ranks third in rebounding (9.0) and 12th in scoring (12.4).

Ian Baker Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State senior guard Ian Baker has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the fourth of his career.

The Washington, D.C., native had a career night at UT Rio Grande Valley last week, finishing with a career-high 36 points on 61 percent shooting. Baker tallied 11 field goals, three of which came from beyond the arc. The NM State floor general was also 11-of-13 (85 percent) at the free throw line and added seven assists, four rebounds and one steal. Despite playing 39 minutes, Baker didn’t commit a single turnover in the victory.

Braxton Huggins Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State junior guard Braxton Huggins has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 2-8. This is his first WAC Player of the Week honor of his career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ian Baker Named WAC Player Of The Week For Second Consecutive Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State men’s basketball floor general Ian Baker was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week Monday morning by the conference. Baker led the Aggies to two huge road games last week over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP and Arizona State.

Baker is the first player this season to earn back-to-back conference weekly honors after averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in those two games for NM State.

The Washington, D.C., product first led New Mexico State to its second rivalry win in four days last Tuesday against UTEP on the road with a game-high 20 points and five boards. In that same game, Baker became the 34th player in NM State history to record 1,000 career points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tanveer Bhullar Nominated For Allstate/NABC Good Works Team

Written By: WAC Media Relations

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Eight WAC men's basketball players are among the 111 Division I men's nominees for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team® the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced today. This esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport's finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.

The WAC student-athletes nominated are:

Brent Wrapp CSU Bakersfield
Trayvon Palmer Chicago State
Joshua Braun Grand Canyon
Noah Knight UMKC
Tanveer Bhullar NM State
Emmanuel Chibuogwu Seattle U
Lew Stallworth UT Rio Grande Valley
Andrew Bastien Utah Valley  Continue Reading This Post >>