Cowboys Face Lobos in The Pit on Saturday Night
Feb. 9, 2012
After a 68-66 upset of No. 11/13 UNLV at home last Saturday, the University of Wyoming men's basketball team faces a tough road test at New Mexico this weekend. The fourth-place Cowboys (18-5, 4-3) look to keep pace in the tight Mountain West race, but the second-place Lobos (19-4, 5-2) have won their last four contests by an average of 26 points and continue to receive votes in both polls. A tilt between the top two defenses in the league, UW seeks a measure of revenge in Albuquerque after UNM handed the Cowboys their first home loss of the season on Jan. 14. Tip is set for 1:30 p.m. in The Pit.
Fans can follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on WyomingAthletics.com. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised on The Mtn.
A Look at the Matchup
The Lobos were picked to win the MW in the preseason media poll and enter Saturday tied for second with UNLV in the league standings at 5-2 and 19-4 overall. New Mexico opened the conference season with a win in Laramie, but then lost to San Diego State and UNLV. The Lobos have rebounded to convincingly win their next four contests by an average of 26 points. Most recently, UNM earned a 65-49 win at Boise State last Saturday and continued to receive votes in both polls. Similar to Wyoming, the Lobos have a stingy defense. New Mexico leads the conference in field goal percentage defense (37.6) and three-point field goal percentage defense (29.6) to rank eighth and 24th in the nation in the respective categories, while ranking 13th nationally in scoring defense (58.2 ppg). Offensively, the Lobos are second in the MW in scoring offense (74.6 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (39.7) and assists (17.0). One of the most balanced teams in the MW, New Mexico has the best scoring margin (+16.4) and rebounding margin (+7.1).
Each Team's Leaders
New Mexico is paced by Drew Gordon, who was tabbed the MW's preseason player of the year. The senior forward averages 12.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game, ranking second in the league and 17th nationally in boards, and leads the MW in blocks (1.2). Sophomore guard Tony Snell contributes a team-high 12.8 points, thanks to a 42 percent rate behind the arc, which is third in the conference. Sophomore guard Kendall Williams is UNM's other scorer in double figures at 12.3 points, while he also ranks fifth in the MW in assists (4.3). Senior forward A.J. Hardeman adds 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, while guard Hugh Greenwood, the MW preseason freshman of the year, rounds out UNM's probable starters at 5.9 points and 2.8 assists. Greenwood missed the Jan. 14 meeting between the two programs with an ankle injury. Williams had 18 points against BSU and Snell added 13.
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