BOULDER, Colo. – The date circled on the calendar for months is finally here. The long-awaited start of the Jody Adams era has finally arrived.
NM State will take on the University of Colorado on Monday morning at 12:00 MT. The Aggies are looking to make a statement against a strong Colorado team, which finished the 2021-22 season with a 22-9 record. The Buffs made an appearance at the NCAA Tournament, falling to Creighton 84-74 in the first round.
Without an exhibition contest, this will be the first time that the new-look team from NM State will be able to face a real opponent. The last Aggie team to win a season opener on the road came in 2015, when the Aggies traveled to Fargo and defeated North Dakota State on Nov. 13.
In their only exhibition game, Colorado defeated Adams State, 75-48.
After a road game, NM State will return to Las Cruces on Wednesday night to take on the New Mexico Highlands inside the Pan American Center.
News and notes
The Adams family
Jody Adams is entering his first season as head coach of NM State. Adams has a history of success in Division I basketball, including 185 career wins.
Most notably, Adams led Wichita State through the most successful nine seasons in program history. Prior to Adams’ hiring, the Shockers had only one 20-win season in school history and had never entered the NCAA Tournament, won a Missouri Valley title, or won the Missouri Valley Tournament Tile. Under Adams, Wichita State has posted four consecutive 20-win seasons and made six consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-2015.
The entire NM State coaching staff is new for the 2022-23 season. Adams brought in Patrick Harrison, Chynna Turner and Zach Banks as assistant coaches for his first staff at Las Cruces.
Harrison comes to NM State from Kansas City, where he spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach under current Oklahoma State head coach Jaci Hoyt.
Turner played for Adams at Wichita State before entering the coaching world. Before coming to NM State, Turner spent four seasons at Gardner-Webb, leading the Bulldogs to 61 wins.
Banks joins the Aggies after attending Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. Banks’ time in Florida was capped off with a 2021 NJCCA National Championship and a 128-22 (.853) career record.
Soufia Inoussa and Molly Kaiser lead scoring efforts among NM State revenants. Inoussa has tallied 654 points throughout his college career, averaging 8.2 points per game. Kaiser was second among the Aggies in scoring last season, dropping 8.2 points per game.
Taylor Donaldson had the highest single-game scoring effort of any returner, losing 25 to rival I-10 UTEP.
The Aggies’ trip to Boulder marks NM State’s only contest against a Power Five opponent this season. The Aggies return home to face the New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday night, tipping at 6 p.m. inside the Pan American Center.
NM State and Colorado will be one of the first games to come to light on the 2022-23 Division I slate. With the game starting at 12pm MT, it will mark the perfect lunch break throughout the working day.
Go ahead and log in. Aggie basketball is back. Your boss will understand.
The Aggies will face teams from ten different conferences throughout the 2022-23 season.
⁃ Pac-12 (Colorado)
⁃ Ivy League (Yale)
⁃ Summit (Denver)
⁃ Mountain West (New Mexico)
⁃ USA Conference (UTEP)
⁃ West Coast (San Diego)
⁃ Big Sky (Idaho, Portland State)
⁃ Rocky Mountain Athletic – NCAA Division II (New Mexico Highlands)
⁃ Continental Athletic – NAIA (Northern New Mexico)
⁃ WAC (UTRGV, Southern Utah, Utah Valley, Tarleton, Sam Houston, Utah Tech, Grand Canyon, Seattle U, Abilene Christian, California Baptist, UT Arlington, Stephen F. Austin.)
Mrs in the world
The Aggies have seven international players on the roster through 2022-23. Sabou Gueye and Fama Thiam are both from Senegal while Nigera (Ene Adams), Sweden (Soufia Inoussa), Japan (Moe Shida), New Zealand (Ashlee Strawbridge) and Spain (Lucia Yenes) are also represented.
The Aggies celebrated a birthday on the way to Colorado. Sunday November 6 marks another trip around the sun for striker Fama Thiam.
The Aggies will rack up plenty of travel miles throughout the season. The trip to Boulder marks the first of two trips to Colorado in November for NM State.
NM State will also hit the road for games in New Mexico, Texas, California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Washington during the 22-23 campaign. Additionally, the WAC Tournament is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada – Adding a ninth state to the list.
NM State is looking to return to the NCAA tournament court for the first time since the 2018-19 season. On the last playoff trip, the Aggies fell to Iowa State in the Round of 16.
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