New Mexico vs Wyoming: Mountain West Tournament Quarterfinal Game Preview and Prediction
Will the Lobos earn their 3rd win over Wyoming or can Justin James and the Cowboys finally overcome New Mexico?
New Mexico (17-14, 12-6) vs Wyoming (20-12, 10-8) Preview
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Date: Thursday, March 8th
Tip-off: 8:30pm PT / 9:30pm MT
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV/stream: CBS Sports Network
PROJECTED NEW MEXICO LINEUP
G Chris McNeal
G Antino Jackson
G Makuach Maluach
F Dane Kuiper
F Joe Furstinger
PROJECTED WYOMING LINEUP
G Cody Kelley
G Justin James
F Hayden Dalton
F Alan Herndon
F Adam Moemeka
WHY THE LOBOS WILL WIN
The Lobos have Wyoming’s number this season. They won a 119-114 shootout in Laramie and a lower scoring 75-66 battle in Albuquerque. New Mexico Head Coach Paul Weir has the team rolling through conference play and they enter tonight’s game on a 5-game win streak.
Wyoming has had no answer for freshman guard Makuach Maluach who is averaging 18.5 ppg against them this year.
WHY THE COWBOYS WILL WIN
Wyoming has the best player in the game in junior guard Justin James. James scored 24 points against San Jose State in the first round while not missing a shot in the game. James is averaging 27 ppg against New Mexico this season.
The Cowboys live by the 3 ball. If they are making them at a decent percentage tonight, the Lobos will have their hands full.
New Mexico 83, Wyoming 80