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Albuquerque will be the site of the biggest in-state rivalry’s first round Wednesday.
The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team will take on the New Mexico State University Aggies Wednesday night.
Game time is 8 p.m. in The Pit.
The Lobos and Aggies will meet for the 207th time since the 1904-05 season. The Lobos lead the all-time series between the in-state rivals 112-94 but have been particularly successful against the Aggies in Albuquerque, where they have a 70-36 advantage.
UNM and NMSU both won their season openers. UNM routed New Orleans Friday night at home, 92-40, while NMSU got past Northern Colorado on the road, 89-75.
Against New Orleans, six different Lobos posted double-figure point totals. Drew Gordon paced the Lobos with 14 points and also earned his 15th career double-double as he grabbed 13 rebounds. AJ Hardeman and Cameron Bairstow both finished with 13 points.
The Lobos connected on just under 70 percent of their shots for the first half against New Orleans and won the battle on the glass by a 2-1 margin.
Against Northern Colorado, Aggies guard Christian Kabongo scored a game-high 20 points and Hernst Laroche dropped in 13 as NMSU avenged an ESPNU BracketBuster loss from a year earlier.
The Aggies will play their two biggest nonconference rivals this week. They will also take on UTEP Saturday in Las Cruces.
Steve Alford will be looking for his 100th victory with Lobos, which would make him the seventh UNM head coach to get to the century mark.