Lobos prepare for NMSU; hope NCAA reconsider Bragg waiver

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The University of New Mexico Lobos and New Mexico State Aggies will fire up their basketball rivalry Saturday. The two schools have over 200 meetings between the two of them. The Lobos will head into the contest with a 2-0 record while the Aggies go in 2-1.

The Aggies suffered their first defeat of the season against St. Mary’s Wednesday night. The Aggies have won the last three meetings against the Lobos. Second Lobos coach Paul Weir, who for one season held the same job for the Aggies, believes he has a more talented team this time around.

“We are definitely ahead of where we were a year ago,” said Weir. “This will be an additional test against a very good team coming off of a loss. Usually when teams come off of losses they additionally will dial it in and play harder. It’s going to be a great test for us to see how far we have come in the last twelve months. The game has a 4 p.m. start time at Dreamstyle Arena Saturday.

The game will be televised on AT&T Sportsnet. Weir has not given up on having Kansas and Arizona State transfer Carlton Bragg become eligible immediately. The NCAA denied a waiver last week that would have cleared the way for the 2015 McDonald’s All American to play right away.

Weir is trying to get the NCAA to reconsider. “We are just going to try and keep looking at any which way we can help Carlton potentially not have to sit out a year and a half,” said Weir. If nothing changes, Bragg will be eligible to play December 16.

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