All-Time Mountain West Basketball: No. 8 BYU vs. No. 9 New Mexico
Bitter rivals go after it in this virtual tournament.
2009 BYU vs. 2012 New Mexico
The final first round series features 2009 BYU and 2012 New Mexico this is a No. 8 vs. No. 9 seed and has the making of a pretty good series. It does go seven games so this is an exciting one to follow.
These teams are both pretty balanced. Tempo will be a factor, as BYU likes to run and New Mexico plays at a more average pace. Can a young Jimmer Fredette lead his team to victory? Or will New Mexico’s ball movement and great defense be too much for BYU?
Keys for New Mexico: Get the ball inside as BYU has good but not great size protecting the rim and Chris mIles is foul prone; Get Jimmer off his spots and make him uncomfortable
Keys for BYU: Share the ball, there’s a lot of offensive talent on this team; clog passing lanes and make New Mexico play out of isolation.
Game 1: Marriott Center, Series tied 0-0
Young Jimmer can’t quite get it going as New Mexico steals home court advantage in game 1.
Game 2: Marriott Center, New Mexico leads series 1-0.
BYU dominated the first half and is able to coast to victory in the second. Will they be able to take a game in the Pit though?
Game 3: The Pit, Series tied 1-1.
New Mexico get hot behind the arc and BYU falls apart in the second half, giving New Mexico the lead in the series.