Jags Travel To New Mexico State For Final Non-Conference Game Of Season
The University of South Alabama men’s basketball team are on the road on Saturday as they face New Mexico State in Las Cruces, New Mexico for an 8pm CST tipoff. This is the Jaguars final non-conference game of the season.
USA is 6-6 on the season but 0-5 on the road this season are hoping to get their first road win before starting their conference schedule. New Mexico State is 10-5 on the season and 5-1 at home. The Jags will have their hands full as the Aggies have two tall post players, 7’5″ Sim Bhullar and 6’11” Tshilidzi Nephawe. Renaldo Dixon also stands 6’10” for the Aggies.
The Aggies have five players averaging almost 10 points per game. Daniel Mullings leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.6 per outing and 3.9 rebounds per game. D.K. Eldridge averages 10.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, K.C. Ross-Miller averages 9.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, Nephawe averages 9.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and Bhullar averages 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
This will be the first game in a week for the Jaguars. In their last outing they lost to the University of Arkansas, but were within three points in the second half before the razorbacks surge turned the Jaguar rally away. They then had the week off for Christmas.
USA is averaging 73.2 points per game while allowing 67.1 points per game to opponents. NMSU averages 74.7 points per game whiel allowing 70.1 points per game.
South Alabama head basketball coach Matthew Graves is looking to see more consistent effort on both ends of the floor. He has been working with the team to get them to make the extra pass and to get into the paint. They have been shooting well in the first half from outside the three-point arc, but the season has been a tale of two halves. The Jags need a more consistent effort from the players on the floor scoring as well.
The Jaguars and Aggies tipoff at 8pm on Saturday. Play-by-play can be heard on 105.5 FM WNSP and www.WNSP.com.