(This is the eleventh installment of Bill Harty’s game recaps as part of The Mid Majority ninth season taking readers to mid-major college basketball games around the country. Visit midmajority.com to find out more about this group-sourced effort to spread the word about the many fine basketball programs around the country that are having success on and off the court while generally not having access to the resources brought to athletic programs by big-time college football. Bill will be recapping most Aggie home games, and the occasional road foray, for both The Mid Majority and bleedCrimson.net.)
Round one of the Rio Grande Rivalry between the New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State Aggies this year was held at University Arena in Albuquerque, also known as the Pit. The two teams play an annual home-and-home series despite not being in the same conference since the Lobos abandoned the Border Conference for the Skyline Conference in 1951. They are the only Division I programs in the state; there are three Division II schools, NM Highlands, who the Lobos faced in an exhibition, Western NM, who played an exhibition with the Aggies, and Eastern NM, who faced neither this year, as well as the NAIA Northern New Mexico Eagles, who were a last minute addition to the Aggies' schedule when an additional game in the Wounded Warrior Project tournament became available.
The all-time series is led by UNM, 113-95; the teams split two games last year, each winning on the other's home court. It was particularly galling to Lobo Coach Steve Alford when the Aggies won in the Pit in November last year, and he has continued to complain in the media to his team about it ever since, even after the Lobos evened the score in the Pan American Center last December. Continue Reading This Post >>