Texas A&M-New Mexico Preview
Texas A&M finally got a bit of a reprieve after a busy
stretch in its schedule. Getting some extra rest for its next
opponent could go a long way.
The No. 16 Aggies take on undefeated New Mexico in Houston on
Saturday, facing one of the toughest challenges to their defense
After three straight home games, Texas A&M (8-1) is headed
back on the road, although it won’t go far, traveling to the Toyota
Center to take on the Lobos (9-0). The Aggies, who beat LSU there
last season, will try to win their fifth in a row overall.
That could be tough to accomplish. New Mexico, which received 35
votes in this week’s AP poll, already has three road wins along
with a home victory over preseason Pac-10 favorite California.
Plus, the Lobos are among the top 25 nationally in scoring at
82.1 points per game and they’re shooting close to 40 percent from
“They’re legit,” Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said. “We’ve played a
lot of really good teams. This will probably be the best offensive
team we’ve faced. … It’ll be our toughest challenge
Texas A&M is holding opponents to 63.3 points per game and
has given up more than 70 only once.
The Aggies are coming off a 75-65 win over North Texas on
“If we get stops we’re all right,” said Donald Sloan, who scored
21 points. “If we don’t – that’s when we get into trouble.”
A five-day break since that game could benefit Texas A&M,
which had played six games in 12 days – a span that included the 76
Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
“I was a little concerned about this stretch,” Turgeon said. “We
have a long way to go, but to be 8-1 following the stretch we’ve
played – it’s a good start.”
New Mexico is off to its best start since opening 10-0 in
The Lobos are coming off an 82-78 win at San Diego on Wednesday.
While letting the Toreros shoot 55.6 percent and make 11
3-pointers, New Mexico went 12 of 18 from 3-point range and shot
76.2 percent overall in the second half.
Roman Martinez had a career-high 26 points, going 8 of 9 from
3-point range, while Dairese Gary scored a career-best 21.
Martinez is second on the team in scoring, averaging 16.8
points. He’s shooting 53.3 from 3-point range, averaging close to
seven shots beyond the arc per game.
“He is just a phenomenal player,” coach Steve Alford told the
Lobos’ official Web site. “It’s night-in and night-out and he was
there again tonight.”
Darington Hobson tops the Lobos with 17.1 points per game but
failed to score in double figures Wednesday for the first time this
season. He’s 2 for 14 from 3-point range in the last five games
after going 7 for 14 through the first four.
New Mexico leads the series against Texas A&M 4-1, though
this is the first meeting since the Lobos won 71-69 in 1992.