Game day: MBB and WBB take on Utah State

Isabel Gonzalez

It’s game day for both the New Mexico men’s and women’s basketball teams. The women will play at home while the men are on the road.

Women’s basketball
New Mexico vs Utah State
Feb. 20, 2019. 7pm MT
Watch: Mountain West Network 

When the Lobos traveled to Utah on Jan. 26, the team was able to take a 68-64 victory over the Aggies.

New Mexico (20-4, 10-3 MW)  is coming into Wednesday with a 77-70 loss to Fresno State on the road. However, the home court advantage will give the Lobos some confidence as they are 13-1 when playing at The Pit. 

Utah State (11-13, 6-7 MW) picked up a 64-55 win at home over Air Force last weekend. Playing on the road has gone both ways for the Aggies, as they are 5-5 when playing away. 

Two of the three top scorers in the conference will be battling it out as UNM’s Jaisa Nunn (second) averages 16.9 points pregame and USU’s Shannon Dufficy (third) averages 15.6 points per game.

Men’s basketball
New Mexico at Utah State
Feb. 20, 2019.  9pm MT 
Watch: ESPNU

The Lobos hosted the Aggies on Jan. 26 and fell 66-68 to the visiting team. This game came down to an incorrect officiating call as Lobo senior Anthony Mathis was approaching halfcourt and passed the ball to teammate Vance Jackson. This led to the referees calling a backcourt violation and giving the Aggies the ball. After the game, the Mountain West released a statement about the call being incorrect.

Utah State is tied for second place in the conference with Fresno State. The Aggies are currently 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the conference. They enter Wednesday with a two-game winning streak.

Playing on the road will be a tough challenge for the Lobos (11-14, 5-8 MW) as the Aggies are 11-1 when playing at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.