New Mexico vs. McNeese State: Game Preview, TV, Radio Schedule, Livestream, Odds, More
New Mexico finishes home stand with a struggling McNeese State program
It’s Lobos vs. Cowboys in the non-tournament portion of the Legends Classic
WHO: New Mexico Lobos (3-0) vs. McNeese State (1-3)
WHEN: Saturday, November 16 — 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT
WHERE: Dreamstlye Arena – The Pit, Albuquerque, NM (15,411)
SERIES RECORD: New Mexico leads, 1-0
ODDS: New Mexico -20, per KenPom
PREVIEW: It’s the fourth game at Dreamstyle Arena -The Pit in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Lobos which is looking for its first 4-0 start since the 2012-2013 season.
Previously, the Lobos beat the Green Bay Phoenix in the first round of the Legends Classic 97-70, and have continued the trend of strong offensive outings and improving defense.
Meanwhile, McNeese State has struggled against Division I competition, coming in with an 0-3 mark against such competition. Their latest outing against Wisconsin, an 83-63 result, showed a competitive first half for the Cowboys, but failure to maintain that level of consistency through 40 minutes.
New Mexico’s JaQuan Lyle (19.3 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds per game) will look to continue from where he left off against Green Bay, finishing with a game high 31 points to go with his 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Carlton Bragg tallied 16 rebound against the Phoenix.
Rated as one of the nation’s worst defenses thus far by analytics site KenPom.com (331 in defensive efficiency) should be a concern for McNeese State, facing one of the better offenses in the nation (New Mexico is second in the nation in field goal percentage and 53rd in offensive efficiency per KenPom). The Cowboys from Lake Charles, Louisiana will have to compete with New Mexico’s offense to have a chance at beating the Lobos.
As another must-win game for postseason chances, New Mexico must do just the opposite and lock down on McNeese State’s top scorers, Dru Kuxhausen (15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds per game) and Sha’markus Kennedy (14.8 points, 9.0 rebounds 1.3 blocks per game). Additionally, New Mexico has to take care of the ball if they want to put opponents like McNeese State away. Turnovers have been a problem in two of their three games, and they finished with 18 turnovers against a guard-laden scrappy Green Bay team.