LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Aug. 23)-After winning the 2012 WAC Tournament Championship and making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, the New Mexico State men's basketball team returns to the court in 2012-13 with 16 regular season home games at the Pan American Center. The schedule also features a Pac-12 opponent and two 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.
Sixth-year head coach Marvin Menzies said he was happy with the schedule that includes non-conferences games against Oregon State, New Mexico, UTEP, Southern Mississippi, Missouri State and South Alabama.
"I'm excited about the schedule for several reasons, one being that we have a lot of opportunities to play teams who will have very good RPIs (Ratings Percentage Index) that we believe will benefit us in the long run," Menzies said. "Having trips to New York and Oregon State and playing games of that magnitude will benefit us in conference play as it has in the past."
The Aggies host Western New Mexico (Nov. 5) in their lone exhibition game of the year before opening the 2012-13 season at Oregon State (Nov. 11) in Corvallis, Ore. This is the fourth consecutive season NM State has started the season with a road contest, and it is the first game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
The Aggies return to Las Cruces to meet Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 15) in the home opener, which is a part of a doubleheader with the NM State volleyball team. The Crimson and White then return to the road for two additional games in the 2K Sports Classic in New York (Nov. 17-18) with opponents to be announced soon.
NM State concludes a stretch of five games in nine days in Las Cruces with Northern New Mexico College (Nov. 21) and Louisiana (Nov. 23), which is in honor of former Aggie Kelsey Crooks. The Aggies travel to El Paso, Texas, for the first rivalry game of the season at UTEP (Nov. 28).
The Aggies welcome Southern Mississippi to the Pan Am for the first time in school history (Dec. 1), before they face South Alabama (Dec. 4) in Mobile, Ala. Following fall exams, NM State faces in-state rival New Mexico (Dec. 15) in Albuquerque, N.M., prior to the rematch in Las Cruces (Dec. 19). The Aggies host Missouri State (Dec. 22) before WAC play begins.
The conference slate starts on the road at UT-Arlington (Dec. 29) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 31). NM State hosts UTSA (Jan. 3) and Texas State (Jan. 5). The Aggies travel west to Seattle (Jan. 10) and Idaho (Jan. 12).
A three-game home stand includes Utah State (Jan. 17), San Jose State (Jan. 19) and Denver (Jan. 23). The Aggies start the second half of WAC action at Texas State (Jan. 31) and UTSA (Feb. 2). NM State hosts Idaho (Feb. 7) and Seattle (Feb. 9) in the Lou Henson Classic before travelling to San Jose State (Feb. 14) and Utah State (Feb. 16).
The Aggies take a break from conference play and host UTEP (Feb. 23) prior to the final road game of the year at Denver (March 2). NM State concludes the regular season at home against Louisiana Tech (March 7) and UT-Arlington (March 9).
NM State defends its WAC title at the conference tournament March 13-16 in Las Vegas, Nev.
2012-13 NM State men's basketball schedule
Date Opponent Location
Nov. 5 Western New Mexico (Exhibition) LAS CRUCES
Nov. 11 at Oregon State^ Corvallis, Ore.
Nov. 15 Southeastern Louisiana LAS CRUCES
Nov. 17 at TBA^ New York
Nov. 18 at TBA^ New York
Nov. 21 Northern New Mexico LAS CRUCES
Nov. 23 Louisiana% LAS CRUCES
Nov. 28 at UTEP El Paso, Texas
Dec. 1 Southern Mississippi LAS CRUCES
Dec. 4 at South Alabama Mobile, Ala.
Dec. 15 at New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M.
Dec. 19 New Mexico LAS CRUCES
Dec. 22 Missouri State LAS CRUCES
Dec. 29 at UT-Arlington* Arlington, Texas
Dec. 31 at Louisiana Tech* Ruston, La.
Jan. 3 UTSA* LAS CRUCES
Jan. 5 Texas State* LAS CRUCES
Jan. 10 at Seattle* Seattle, Wash.
Jan. 12 at Idaho* Moscow, Idaho
Jan. 17 Utah State* LAS CRUCES
Jan. 19 San Jose State* LAS CRUCES
Jan. 23 Denver* LAS CRUCES
Jan. 31 at Texas State* San Marcos, Texas
Feb. 2 at UTSA* San Antonio, Texas
Feb. 7 Idaho* LAS CRUCES
Feb. 9 Seattle*& LAS CRUCES
Feb. 14 at San Jose State* San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 16 at Utah State* Logan, Utah
Feb. 23 UTEP LAS CRUCES
March 2 at Denver* Denver, Colo.
March 7 Louisiana Tech* LAS CRUCES
March 9 UT-Arlington* LAS CRUCES
March 13-16 WAC Tournament Las Vegas, Nev.
* = WAC games
^ = 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wound Warrior Project
% = in honor of Kelsey Crooks
& = Lou Henson Classic
Home games are listed in bold.
Game times and television broadcasts will be announced at a later date.