Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/30/15 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/30/15 The team found out their destination and opponent on Sunday, give me your initial thoughts on facing No. 8 Stanford?
Mike Jordan: Well, the first thing that I think that needs to be said is that I’m not happy, and it’s not just me, it’s many of the coaches in our sport who are not happy with the way that they select and seed and place teams in the tournament. When you look at what we’ve done this year, you can easily make a case that we’re every bit as good as Colorado State. Our results against common opponents are actually a little bit better and the same with Loyola Marymount, both very, very good teams. But we wind up playing Stanford in the first round because of our RPI number and because of geographically based selection choices. If you seeded this team 1 to 64 and you got rid of the RPI which was never meant to rank teams, it was only meant to group them. It’s been proven to be faulty and it’s easily manipulated by many conferences, ours is not one of them unfortunately. If you threw out the RPI you could easily make the case that we’re somewhere in the middle of the pack in this tournament. Yet, we wind up playing the 8th seeded team. That’s frustrating. All the work that we’ve done over the course of the season should be rewarded and yet in a couple of brackets you’ve got a couple of teams that barely got in who are playing each other with a chance to win an NCAA Tournament game and that frustrates me. That aside, the opportunity to play Stanford at Stanford is a great opportunity and it’s an opportunity to showcase ourselves a little bit. They’re a great team. It’ll be a great environment and those things in and of itself are a reward and I know the players are happy about the opportunity. Going back to the RPI and the selection process, obviously coaches know the RPI is weighted a lot heavier that what you’d like and you in particular have done what you can from a scheduling standpoint to counteract that. This is to specifically address people who might think that your low RPI number is based on you playing a weak schedule, you look at your schedule this year and you played against seven teams that are in this year’s field. You’ve done what you can.
MJ: That’s the frustrating part. This flawed system is weighted so heavily to conferences that have the ability to manipulate the RPI. Our conference, even before Hawai’i and everybody left, our conference often times hurt us. I’ve talked about this before but in 2006 at the end of the non-conference season our RPI was 16th because of what we’d done and we went 15-1 and split with Hawai’i and our RPI fell all the way down to 33. We still got in because it’s still a good RPI but we went 15-1 and split with Hawai’i and dropped almost 20 spots. It’s frustrating because once non-conference play is over we really don’t have the opportunity to improve ourselves (in RPI), we can only go down, even if we win a ton. If you have one bad night against the 120th team in the RPI like Bakersfield or Seattle who are decent teams, you drop even more. It’s a no-win situation for us right now and it’s very frustrating. But you’re right, we did everything we could. We can’t control a large portion of our schedule and that’s just the way it is.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Named WAC Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore forward Pascal Siakam has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23-29. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the fifth of his career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brianna Freeman Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State junior forward Brianna Freeman was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after posting back-to-back double-doubles over the weekend to help keep the Aggies undefeated on the year at 6-0.

This is the first player of the week honor for Freeman this season and the third recognition in her career.

The Killeen, Texas, product finished the weekend with 45 points, 26 rebounds, four blocks, four steals and a pair of assists in three games.

After a quiet night against Southern Utah, Brianna Freeman erupted in the two Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic games, notching back-to-back double-doubles to end the week.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball To Face No. 8 National Seed Stanford In NCAA Tournament

The New Mexico State volleyball team learned their destination in the 2015 NCAA Vollyeball Tournament on Sunday night as the 64-team field was unveiled on ESPNU. The Aggies were placed in the San Diego Regional and will face No. 8 national seed Stanford at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif., home of the Cardinal, on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. MT.

The Cardinal (22-6) finished in 2nd place in the Pac 12 behind regular season co-champions USC and Washington, the No. 1 and No. 5 national seeds respectively.

The Aggies and Cardinal have met three times with Stanford holding a 3-0 advantage with the last meeting coming in 2008, a 3-0 sweep by Stanford.

The two teams had three common opponents during the 2015 season -- Texas A&M (the No. 10 national seed), Arizona and Arizona State, all three of whom are in the championship field. The Aggies took both the Texas Aggies and Sun Devils to five sets before falling 3-2 and dropped a four-setter at Arizona. Stanford swept Texas A&M in their season opener, swept the two conference meetings with Arizona (W 3-2, W 3-1) while splitting their two conference meetings with Arizona State (L 3-1, W 3-0).

The Cardinal are hitting .277 as a team while holding opponents to a .207 hitting percentage. The Cardinal average 1.1 service aces per set and average 2.8 blocks per set which is Top 20 in the nation.

Stanford is led offensively by freshman outside hitter Hayley Hodson who is averaging 3.85 kills per set and is hitting .261 for the season. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Merete Lutz and senior outside hitter Brittany Howard are averaging 3.18 and 3.06 kills per set while hitting .386 and .305 respectively.

The Aggies' strong non-conference schedule should help prepare them for this first round matchup with seven of the Aggies' opponents making the 64-team field. Texas (L 3-1) earned the No. 2 national seed, Texas A&M (L 3-2) the No. 10 national seed while Arizona (L 3-1), Arizona State (L 3-2), Denver (W 3-2), Wichita State (W 3-2) and Robert Morris (W 3-0) all making the field.

The Aggies will be looking for their second NCAA Tournament victory having last won in 2008 when they defeated St. Mary's (CA) 3-1 before falling to Cal 3-1. The Aggies' match is set to tip off at 8:00 p.m. MT and will follow the first matchup of the pod which will see Colorado State (26-3) face off against Loyola Marymount (22-8).

Tickets for the first and second rounds will be available online at or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Cruises Past Northern Arizona 83-57

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Lights-out shooting from NM State and stout defense paved the way for the women's basketball team Saturday night as the Aggies cruised to an 87-53 win over Northern Arizona in the final game of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic.

The win pushed the Aggies to 6-0 on the year and also extended their home winning-streak to 17, one shy of tying the second-best record (18) set from 1992-94.

Senior guard Sasha Weber was also lights out for NM State, shooting her way to a new career-high of 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The Lacey, Wash., product was also 7-of-10 from downtown, which was also a new career-high.

The Aggies were focused out of the gate, gaining a 20-6 edge with 4:09 left the first quarter before taking a 20-10 lead into the second frame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Drops Final Home Game To Arkansas State, 52-28

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Jordan Bergstrom had a career-high in both receiving yards and touchdowns as the NM State football team fell 52-28 to Arkansas State on Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium. Prior to the game, Bergstrom and the other seniors were honored for Senior Day.

Bergstrom amassed 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just four catches to lead the NM State (3-8, 3-4 SBC) offense. Larry Rose III racked up 106 rushing yards on 15 carries. This was his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Andrew Allen completed 13-of-24 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while Nick Jeanty was 13-of-17 for 104 yards and one touchdown. Jacob Nwangwa led the defense with 10 tackles.

Fredi Knighten was 23-of-42 for 367 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Wolves (8-3, 7-0 SBC).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Drops Overtime Game At Air Force, 66-64

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The New Mexico State Aggies dropped a heartbreaking 66-64 overtime decision to the Air Force Falcons Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena.

The Aggies (4-2) held a 64-63 lead with 26 seconds to play when a bad pass gave the ball back to the Falcons (4-2).

Air Force ran the clock down for guard Trevor Lyons driving layup with 8.3 seconds to play for a 65-64 advantage.

After a timeout, the Aggies moved the ball quickly up floor, but a charging foul on a drive by junior Ian Baker with two seconds left gave the ball back to Air Force.

Fouling to get possession back, the Aggies sent Lyons to the line. He hit one of the two free throws, but NM State didn't get a shot away after getting the ball back with 1.3 seconds to play.+  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brianna Freeman Scores Career-High 27 In 65-54 Win Over Northwestern State

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Brianna Freeman’s career-high 27 points against Northwestern State in the opening game of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic propelled the Aggies to a 65-54 win Friday afternoon at the Pan American Center.

“Brianna [Freeman] showed what she can do today against a very good team,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “We played a very good NCAA Tournament team that’s been there the last two years.”

The win moved NM State to 5-0 on the year, its best start since 1993-94 when the team started the year 8-0. Friday’s win also extended the Aggies’ home winning-streak to 16. NM State is now two games shy of tying its second-best home winning-streak since the 1992-94 seasons (18).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Close Out Regular Season With Sweep Of UTEP; Await NCAA Tournament Selection Show

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EL PASO, TX – NM State captured a hard fought 3-0 victory to claim the season series sweep over I-10 rival UTEP in the regular season finale on Wednesday.

"We've got to serve the ball a lot better," said head coach Mike Jordan. "We need to be a little smarter on who we are setting the three-pass balls to as well. We set a lot of balls into standing doubles and made a lot of silly mistakes, but we played well down the stretch in sets. I don't want to see us getting down [by] seven anymore. UTEP played hard and made a lot of plays. I think they out served us, and we have to make sure we give it our best at the service line. [Kassandra] Tohm did a great job. I thought she gave us a lot of kills and did a lot of good stuff. We really missed Nathalie [Castellanos] and her court presence. We've got a lot of pieces that can play."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Holds Off Robert Morris 81-71 In Overtime

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State had another career performance by sophomore Pascal Siakam, but needed overtime to overcome a strong performance by the Robert Morris Colonials 81-71 on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, racked up 35 points – 31 in regulation – in establishing a new career-high for the third time this season. The two-time WAC Player of the Week and Preseason WAC Player of the Year also grabbed 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season in leading the Aggies (4-1).

RMU (0-5) was paced by 29 points from sophomore Elijah Minnie. The Colonials sent the game into overtime on a 3-pointer by Isaiah Still with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 67-all, then had Minnie block a foul line jumper on the Aggies’ last shot of regulation.  Continue Reading This Post >>