New Mexico vs. Colorado State: Full Game Preview
|New Mexico||K Williams 14.4||A Kirk 8.0||K Williams 4.6|
|Colorado State||C Iverson 14.1||C Iverson 9.8||D Green 4.2|
On Saturday, No. 16 New Mexico travels to Moby Arena to take on No. 22 Colorado State. It takes place at 4 p.m. EST and you can see it on NBCSN. The Lobos beat the Rams 66-61 on Jan. 23 and are 8-2 against them over the last four years.
Colorado State is in second place in the Mountain West and needs to catch New Mexico, who is currently in first place.
The 16 points and 7 rebounds by Cameron Bairstow helped the Lobos to a 60-50 victory over Boise State on Feb. 16. He is averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Rams were defeated by UNLV 61-59 on Feb. 20 despite 16 points and 10 rebounds from Colton Iverson. He leads the team in points with 14.1 per game, rebounds with 9.8 per game, and blocks with 0.7 per game. Colorado State will attempt to capitalize on their strengths, which include defensive rebounding percentage at 76.2 percent, offensive rebounding percentage at 41.5 percent, and turnover percentage at 16.9 percent.
Colorado State StatSmack
- New Mexico has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Colorado State this season (six vs. three).
- Hugh Greenwood is ranked 8th in the Mountain West in steals.
- New Mexico has come back to win after being down at half against Colorado State four times since 1997.
- New Mexico is ranked higher than Colorado State in the Mountain West (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
- Alex Kirk is ranked 6th in the Mountain West in rebounds and 2nd in the Mountain West in blocks.
- New Mexico has an average margin of victory of 9 over Colorado State in 50 wins since 1980.
- AP voters think more highly of New Mexico and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Colorado State (34 vs. two).
- Kendall Williams is ranked 2nd in the Mountain West in assists.
- Over the past 10 years, New Mexico has had more players drafted by the NBA than Colorado State (three vs. one).
- New Mexico has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (75.2 percent to 55.6 percent).
- The New Mexico steals leader (Hugh Greenwood, 33 steals) has more steals than the Colorado State steals leader (Pierce Hornung, 29 steals).
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