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New Mexico boasts one of the country's best defenses, but the Lobos will face an experienced, disciplined Long Beach State team in the Round of 64.
With the exception of Mike Caffey—a freshman with upperclassmen maturity—every key 49er is either a junior or senior. Combine that with the tests Long Beach State had in non-conference play—Pitt, Louisville, Kansas, UNC, Xavier, Kansas State and Creighton—and the 49ers are more than ready to upset the Lobos.
Drew Gordon against T.J. Robinson will be the key matchup in this game. If Gordon can dominate offensively and limit Robinson, New Mexico will probably win.
However, the Lobos will also need to lock up Casper Ware and Larry Anderson on the perimeter and in the lane. New Mexico's defense has held opponents to a 38 percent field-goal percentage and 30.7 percent three-point percentage.
In order to win, the Lobos will need to limit their opponent's shooters as they have done all season.