New Mexico State fans to wear pajamas

In a nod to tonight's 11 p.m. ET start time on ESPN2, New Mexico State is asking fans attending the Utah State game to get in the spirit and show up at the Pan American Center wearing pajamas. The school is calling it the ESPN2 Pajama Party at the Pan Am.

"Students, this is your chance to make a big splash on national tv and we need to see you in your PJ's," reads the Facebook event page.

So while New Mexico State gears up to defend its WAC tournament title with a game against regular-season champion Utah State and tries to pull into a second-place tie in the standings, fans will be in their nighties.

Forward Wendell McKines, who is redshirting the season with a broken foot, has also agreed to wear pajamas to the game upon receiving the requisite number of "likes" on his Facebook page. And the mascot Pistol Pete? Well, he's been out shopping for just the right pajamas for the occasion.

But pay attention to the action on the court as well. New Mexico State certainly has something to play for, as earning the second seed in the conference tournament would mean a bye into the semifinal round.

"New Mexico State is undefeated at home this season in conference play, and they get really juiced up when they play us," Utah State coach Stew Morrill said. "The fact that we have won the regular season, some of the past history we have with them, and the fact that they beat us in the tournament last season, I am sure they will be ready to go.

"They get geared up to play us, there is just no question about that."