Pokes and Lobos Tip at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Arena-Auditorium
Jan. 6, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team opens the home portion of the Mountain West schedule by hosting New Mexico in the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT. The Cowboys (9-5, 0-1 MW) are looking to bounce back from a tightly-contest loss at Nevada in their conference opener, while the Lobos (10-3, 1-0 MW) earned a win at Colorado State in their first league game and are currently receiving votes in the national coaches poll.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live coverage of the game, including live video from ESPN3.com, through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
New Mexico and first-year head coach Craig Neal come to Laramie fifth in the Mountain West standings after opening the conference season with an 80-73 win at Colorado State last Saturday. The Lobos were picked to repeat as regular season champions in the preseason media poll and currently own a 10-3 overall record. Against the Rams, New Mexico led 39-31 at halftime and stretched the advantage to as many as 15 in the second half, before CSU cut it to six points with just over a minute to play. That would be as close as the Rams would get, though. The Lobos shot 43 percent (27-of-63) from the floor to just 37 percent (25-of-67) for CSU and both teams shot over 70 percent from the charity stripe. UNM earned a 48-40 advantage in rebounds and 15-7 in assists. On the season, New Mexico's offense scores 77.8 points per game for third in the MW, while shooting 44 percent from the field and 31 percent beyond the arc to rank 10th and 11th in the conference, respectively. Defensively, the Lobos allow 71.1 points for eighth in the league and allow opponents to shoot 39 percent and 34 percent, respectively, for third and ninth in the MW. UNM's plus 7.6 rebounding margin and 14.9 assists both rank third in the MW.
Each Team's Leaders
Senior forward Cameron Bairstow's 20.8 points per game and 55 percent from the field both rank second in the MW and 23rd and 57th nationally, but he isn't even New Mexico's most decorated player. Senior guard Kendal Williams was picked to repeat as the MW Player of the Year and currently averages 14.8 points and a league-high 5.3 assists per game, while junior center Alex Kirk was also selected to the preseason All-MW team. Kirk scores 14.8 points per game to go with 9.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. He ranks in the top 13 in the MW in each category and 25th in the NCAA in rebounds. Junior guard Hugh Greenwood contributes 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, but has missed three games this season, while junior guard Deshawn Delaney made his third start of the season at CSU and averages 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds. Against the Rams, Bairstow posted 29 points and 14 rebounds, while Williams notched 22 points. Kirk had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double this season.
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