No. 7 New Mexico Seeds (14-17, 8-11) vs. No. 2 Seeds of Utah State (25-6, 15-3)
Quarter-finals of the Mountain West Conference, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Thursday, 8 pm EDT
LOWER RESULT: New Mexico and the state of Utah are ready to play in the quarterfinals of the MWC tournament. Utah State swept the two-game series of the regular season. The teams clashed for the last time on February 20, as the Aggies forced 18 turnovers in New Mexico and returned the ball only eight times en route to a 16-point win.
SUPER SENIORS: Vance Jackson of New Mexico, Carlton Bragg and Anthony Mathis have collectively represented 46% of the team's goals this season, including 52% of all Lobos points in the last five games.
JUMPING FOR JACKSON: Jackson has logged 32.3% of the 164 attempts of the 3-points he has attempted and has scored 6 for 20 points in his last three games. He also converted 64.7% of his free kicks this season.
PERFECT WHEN: New Mexico is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least six opposing throws. The Lobos are 9-17 years old this season when they block fewer than six shots.
ASSIST-TO-FG REPORT: The Lobos have recently created baskets via audiences more often than the Aggies. Utah State has 49 assists for 90 goals (54.4%) in its last three outings, while New Mexico has 45 goals out of 71 (63.4%) in its last three games .
DID YOU KNOW: The state of Utah is ranked second among the CMM teams with an average of 79.1 points per game. The Aggies have averaged 83.7 points per game over the past three games.