Xavier Thames leads San Diego State in scoring, averaging 16.7 ppg. this season.
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The biggest game of the year in the Mountain West Conference comes on the final day of the regular season, as the 10th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs and 21st-ranked New Mexico Lobos duke it out for the title tonight at Viejas Arena. Both teams are sporting conference records of 15-2 and regardless of the outcome tonight, either UNM or SDSU will have taken the crown for the fifth straight year. Not only has San Diego State reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth straight season, the squad also owns a school-record 15 victories in conference play as well thanks to a third win in a row and the fifth in six outings. Additionally, the Aztecs have also won 13 straight home dates stretching back to Nov. 14 when they fell to No. 6 Arizona (69-60). As for the Lobos, they've been playing catch-up all along in 2013-14 and are finally on equal footing with SDSU. The team has dropped just two decisions since the week leading up to Christmas, one each to UNLV and Boise State. Since the setback to the Broncos, a one-point decision on Feb. 12, UNM has rattled off sixth straight wins under first-year head coach Craig Neal. The latest triumph was an 80-52 thrashing of Air Force at home on Wednesday night. New Mexico won the first meeting of the season last month at home by a score of 58-44, easily marking the weakest offensive effort of the season by the Aztecs. With the decision, UNM also moved further ahead in the all-time series by a count of 43-33.
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