New Mexico vs. #23 SDSU: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction
The Lobos were the last team this season to stand undefeated in NCAA Division 1 basketball.
In their last match on January 31, 2022 at Viejas, the Aztecs routed the Lobos 72-47.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 14th – 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST
WHERE: Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA (Capacity 12,414)
RADIO: San Diego Sports 760 / iHeart Radio App
SERIES RECORD: San Diego State and New Mexico meet for the 92nd time Saturday evening. The Aztecs own a 48-43 series advantage. The Aztecs have won the last three.
LAST MEETING: The Aztecs routed the Lobos 72-47 at Viejas Arena on January 31, 2022.
ODDS: SDSU -8
San Diego, CA – The #23 SDSU Aztecs (13-3, 4-0 MW) host the New Mexico Lobos (15-2, 2-2 MW) on Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena in San Diego, California on Saturday night, January 14th.
The Lobos play their first ranked opponent of the season with a visit to San Diego State. Coach Richard Pitino’s New Mexico Lobos will enter Viejas Arena with redemption on their minds. Redemption for last year’s crushing loss, and redemption for a recent stumble leading to two losses after being the last undefeated team standing in college basketball.
The Aztecs are The Top of the Mountain in conference play, and the Lobos will do everything in their power to upset Brian Dutcher’s elite squad, on Montezuma Mesa, in their own quest to return to top-25 glory.
Who will win? Let’s take a closer look.
Why the Lobos Will Win
Earlier this week, the Lobos completed an unbeaten non-conference schedule with their 82-75 victory over Oral Roberts on Monday night. Jamal Mashburn, Jr. led UNM by matching a season-high of 24 points and grabbing a career-high seven rebounds. Josiah Allick (15 pts, 13 rebs) and Morris Udeze (12 pts, 10 rebs) both posted a double-double against the Golden Eagles.
The Oral Roberts match was likely scheduled just before the SDSU match as a key confidence builder, and following UNM’s two inauspicious conference losses. It might have been just what the doctor ordered.
Prolific guard Jaelen House will certainly challenge Darrion Trammell in this game, making it harder for SDSU’s gifted basketball thief to take away the ball as he has done so effectively this season.
The Lobos are one of the Mountain West’s most formidable programs, and coach Richard Pitino is a rapidly rising NCAA star coach at the helm of this star-studded team. The Aztecs will have to be on point- or the Lobos will pull of the upset.
Why The Aztecs Will Win
San Diego State is the only team unbeaten in Mountain West conference play and enters the game on a six-game win streak. The Aztecs are undefeated at home this season and have won 16 straight games at Viejas Arena, dating back to last season. SDSU is coming off a 74-65 home victory over Nevada on Tuesday. They’re riding a freight train of momentum…
Over the past four games, the Aztecs lit things up from out from behind the arc. Lamont Butler, Matt Bradley, Mikah Parrish, Adam Seiko and Trammell are all feeling the love from three-point land. The Aztecs have also been highly effective on rebounding, thanks to Nathan Mensah and Jaydon LeDee who have been pulling down a great amount of offensive boards along with defensive boards, and the Aztecs are genuinely capitalizing on their free throws.
The Aztecs played most of Tuesday’s match against Nevada so dominantly and effectively that even with a late 12-0 run by the Wolfpack in the last three minutes of the second half, the Aztecs still prevailed by nine points.
The Aztecs are playing excellent offense, in addition to their elite defense.
What Will Happen
The Aztecs are accustomed to elite competition. While the Lobos have had an epic season, the Lobos haven’t contended with the same level of steep competition as SDSU. The Aztecs will be able to handle the Lobos’ aggressiveness, and respond effectively to sudden opponent point runs.
The Aztecs are battle hardened and they simply have too many weapons for New Mexico. The Lobos have weapons of their own, but the Aztecs have momentum, home court advantage and plenty of swagger. San Diego State will win at home, but this match will be far closer than the last.
Final Score: SDSU 79, New Mexico 75