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Men's Basketball News

Aggie Men's Basketball Picked To Win WAC By Coaches, Media; Mullings Named Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - New Mexico State is the unanimous preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball title, while Aggie senior Daniel Mullings was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s eight head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Aggies received 49 points and seven first-place votes to beat out Seattle U for top spot. The Redhawks captured second place with 38 points and the other first-place vote. Grand Canyon came in third with 35 points, while Utah Valley finished fourth with 28 points. Bakersfield came in fifth place with 27 points, just ahead of Missouri-Kansas City in sixth with 25 points. Chicago State (11) and Texas-Pan American (11) round out the poll.

Mullings, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining him on the first team are teammate Tshilidzi Nephawe, Grand Canyon’s Jerome Garrison, Martez Harrison of Missouri-Kansas City and Isiah Umipig of Seattle U.

Second team selections include Daniel Alexander (Grand Canyon), Shaquille Boga (Texas-Pan American), DK Eldridge (New Mexico State), Zach Nelson (Utah Valley) and Clarke Rosenberg (Chicago State).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Changes To Men’s Basketball Season Ticketing Structure

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State Department of Athletics is excited to announce transformational changes to the season ticket pricing structure at the Pan American Center for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.

NM State has eliminated the required seat donation that has been charged since the 2006-07 season. Now, fans that join the Aggie Athletic Club (AAC) will be eligible to purchase season tickets anywhere in the arena, including all seats in the lower bowl.

All lower bowl seats, except those located in sections 101 and 103, will be reserved for Aggie Athletic Club members. Aggie Athletic Club memberships start at just $100 per year and proceeds go towards student-athlete scholarships.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Men's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A challenging non-conference slate, 17 home games and an appearance on ESPN’s 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon highlight the 2014-15 New Mexico State men’s basketball schedule.

“Overall, I really like the depth of our schedule,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies, who enters his eighth season at the helm. “It’s going to be a very tough, demanding and challenging for our young men and staff. We aren’t going to shy away from anyone and our schedule proves that. Our schedule is going to be exciting for the community and our fans.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Buovac Transferring To Sacred Heart

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head coach Marvin Menzies announced on Thursday that sophomore forward Matej Bouvac will be transferring to Sacred Heart University at the end of this semester. Bouvac will be a junior entering next season at Sacred Heart.

Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Sacred Heart is a Division I school in the Northeast Conference. The Pioneers posted a 5-26 record in the 2013-14 season with a notable win over Mount Saint Mary’s, who went to the NCAA tournament and lost to Albany in the First Four.

“I would like to thank Matej for his time spent at NM State and his contributions to the men's basketball program,” said Menzies. “We wish him luck with his academic and athletic endeavors in the future.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Signs Two-Year Contract Extension

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced on Wednesday that head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies has signed a two-year contract extension with NM State. The contract extension goes thru 2019.

“I am pleased to offer Coach Menzies a two-year contract extension based upon the consistent competiveness of his team, consistent academic success of his players and his strong fundraising efforts to help support the teams financials needed to compete at a high Division I level,” said Dr. Boston.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sim Bhullar Declares For NBA Draft

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies announced on Wednesday, April 23 that center Sim Bhullar has decided to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility by entering his name into the 2014 NBA Draft.

Bhullar, who was named the 2013 and 2014 Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP and led the league in blocks (3.37/game) and shooting percentage (64.8), had two years of eligibility left with NM State. Helping his team reach the NCAA Tournament each year he was with NM State, Bhullar averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 65 games played.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Mullings Earns AP All-American Honorable Mention

New Mexico State men's basketball junior guard Daniel Mullings was named to the All-American Honorable Mention team by the Associated Press on Monday, March 31st. Mullings averaged 16.8 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game and helped guide the Aggies to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament trip. Mullings was selected by the league's coaches and media as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year and followed that up with earning the WAC Player of the Year as voted on by the league's coaches. Mullings is just the sixth Aggie player to earn All-American honors and the first since James Moore was named an Honorable Mention All-American in 2003.

Mullings scored a career-high 32 points in a 90-78 victory over UT Pan American on January 25th in Las Cruces. He scored over 20 points nine different times on the year and was responsible for 21% of the team's scoring. The Aggies finished the season with 26 wins tying the mark most wins in a season.

NCAA Tournament :: Q&A With The Mountain West Connection Xavier Thames is the player most people know about for San Diego State but who else makes this team go?
Matthew Bain/Mountain West Connection: J.J. O'Brien. Looking at the stats, you'd almost wonder why O'Brien starts for SDSU, much less why Steve Fisher labeled him as one of his favorite players of all time. He gets the Aztecs 8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in about 28 minutes per game. But he does so much that doesn't show up on the stats sheet that makes him probably the most important player out on the floor. He's SDSU's best on-ball defender and oftentimes matches up against the opponent's best scorer--and most of the time he shuts them down. For instance, J.J. Avila of Colorado State, whom NMSU fans know all-too-well from his 29-point performance against the Aggies, shot 4-17 for 9 points when the Rams came to Viejas. Why? Because O'Brien guarded him most of the night. O'Brien is also the best switcher on defense, which SDSU does quite often. He makes things happen without ever touching the ball. It looks like Dwayne Polee II has had a very good second half of the season, what’s been the key to his emergence?
MWC: Confidence. Polee played a grand total of zero minutes against Arizona and a whopping six minutes against Kansas. But Polee broke out for 15 points and five rebounds in SDSU's loss at Wyoming, and I think Fisher realized what a lot of fans had thought for a while: this guy can play. He's a feisty defender, with six games with three or more steals. Behind Xavier Thames, Polee is SDSU's most dynamic scorer: in his last five games, Polee has scored 26 from inside the 3-point line, 24 from long range and eight from the free throw line. He's feeling it right now and he immediately gives his teammates that energy when he gets off the bench to the roar of the crowd. Fisher doesn't even see Polee as a bench player anymore, even though he won the MWC Sixth Man of the Year. He told the media at the MWC Tournament that Polee is his "sixth starter."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament :: New Mexico State Press Conference Quotes

2014 NCAA Tournament :: New Mexico State Press Conference Quotes

Q. To both of you, you've been 13 seeds the last couple years, didn't work out that well. What's different about your team this year? Why do you think you will have more success?
DANIEL MULLINGS: I think that we'll have a little bit more success this year because we got a little bit more experience. We have a couple of guys, a couple returners and a couple guy that's been here, not only last year, but the year before this, as well. So, we have a little bit of experience, a little bit more experience than past years. I think that that could help us and work to our advantage.
SIM BHULLAR: Same thing, last year was a couple guys' first time being here and definitely the experience will help us being in this atmosphere and hopefully, we can go out there and win the game.

Q. Do you guys find more hope in knowing that last year this San Diego squad lost to a 15 seed, Florida Gulf Coast?
SIM BHULLAR: No, we didn't know that, who they lost to last year, but we are confident whoever we play in this tournament. We're playing great basketball right now and I don't see why we can't pull off the upset this year.  Continue Reading This Post >>