New Mexico vs. SDSU: Game Preview, Records, and Series History

New Mexico vs. SDSU Game Preview, Records, and Series History

The Viejas Arena is set to witness an intense battle between the New Mexico Lobos and the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday at 7 p.m., a highly-anticipated matchup that has been eagerly awaited by sports enthusiasts and basketball fans alike. The game will be broadcasted on FS1 and can also be heard on 760-AM.

Both teams enter this game with impressive records. The Lobos boast a remarkable 20-5 overall record and an 8-4 conference record, while the Aztecs hold a solid 19-6 overall record and an identical 8-4 conference record. The history between these two teams is worth noting, with New Mexico currently leading the series 50-44. In their last four meetings, the teams have split victories, making this matchup even more intriguing.

The Lobos won the first meeting between the two teams this season with a commanding 88-70 victory at The Pit on January 13. They also managed to secure a victory at Viejas Arena last year, defeating the Aztecs 76-67. New Mexico’s recent win against Nevada showcased their resilience and determination, as they pulled off a thrilling 83-82 victory thanks to clutch three-pointers from guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. This win propelled them into a second-place tie with SDSU. However, the Lobos are currently facing concerns surrounding the status of their standout sophomore guard, Donovan Dent, who twisted his ankle in the final play of the game against Nevada. Dent’s availability for the game is uncertain, adding a layer of suspense to this anticipated matchup.

Despite their struggles at The Pit, the Lobos have been dominant on the road, securing four consecutive victories away from home. Their success can be attributed to their balanced offensive attack, with five different players scoring at least 26 points in a single game, a feat that is a rarity in Division I basketball, with only one other team, Louisville, achieving this feat. Donovan Dent, Jamal Mashburn, Jaelen House, freshman JT Toppin, and Nelly Junior Joseph have all showcased their scoring prowess throughout the season. The Lobos also lead the conference in both blocks and steals, a remarkable accomplishment that has only been achieved by SDSU in the past decade.

On the other side of the court, the Aztecs are determined to avenge their loss to the Lobos at Viejas Arena last year. Since that defeat, the Aztecs have been unstoppable on their home court, winning all 18 games and equaling the longest active home win streak in the nation. Coach Brian Dutcher is urging his team to approach this game with consistency and avoid any letdowns. The Aztecs are coming off an impressive 71-55 victory against Colorado State, where they showcased their resilience by overcoming a 17-3 deficit and allowing a program-low 11 points in the second half. This win improved their rankings in both Kenpom and NET to 18, solidifying their status as one of the top teams in the Mountain West conference.

Looking ahead, both teams have important matchups following this game. The Aztecs will face Utah State on Tuesday, while the Lobos will take on the same opponent at 6 p.m. PST, hoping to continue their road success.

With the stage set for an exhilarating showdown, fans can expect a thrilling game filled with intensity, skill, and determination. The battle between these two teams promises to be a memorable one, with both sides vying for victory and seeking to solidify their positions in the conference standings.