New Mexico Basketball’s Five Biggest Games in 2019-20
Winning these five games could be crucial
Which five games have the greatest implications for the Lobos?
With its official slate of games released, New Mexico will start the season against Eastern New Mexico, a division II school in the state of New Mexico.
No, the Greyhounds didn’t quite make the cut for New Mexico’s five biggest games this season (conference and non-conference included), but neither is the best team New Mexico will play.
“One of the scrimmage opponents we have is the best team we’ll probably face all year,” said Paul Weir during a September 12 press conference.
While the teams involved in scrimmaging the Lobos couldn’t be disclosed, Weir assured reporters at the press conference that the results will likely find their way to the public after the games have been played. Considering New Mexico has Auburn and New Mexico State on the schedule, the scrimmage results will be, if nothing else interesting to note.
But aside from games that have no direct impact on the schedule, there are some key games in both the non-conference and conference slew of games that could have major implications for Weir’s squad. While there were 10 contenders for this list, only five could make the final cut, so let’s get to the games.
5. 12/19 Nevada (Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit – Albuquerque, NM)
With Steve Alford at the helm of the program and Craig Neal once more his assistant, (a duo that had massive success in the Mountain West Conference at New Mexico) the Wolf Pack will take on the Lobos in mid-December.
Alford and Neal’s return to Albuquerque will be a fun one to watch, especially if Nevada finds success in its first season under the Alford/Neal tandem. While this game is early in the conference season and may or may not have conference title race implications, the value of the story-line makes this a must-watch event.