Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
The New Mexico Lobos have been unable to live up to their expectations over the past couple of seasons and this group hasn’t gotten off to their ideal start this year standing 7-4 overall going into this tough test on the road. New Mexico came up short in their last road game falling to rival New Mexico State by a final of 71-84. The Lobos have had offensive consistency issues again this year and New Mexico has come up short in some of their tougher matchups against teams like Va Tech and Dayton. The Lobos certainly have talent with guys like Williams and Brown leading the way averaging 18.6 and 16 points per game respectively.
The Arizona Wildcats haven’t gone very deep with their bench this season, but Arizona has still been finding success standing 10-2 overall heading into the final stretch of the nonconference. Arizona picked up a very nice resume building win in their last outing as the Wildcats took down Texas A&M in Houston by a final of 67-63. Arizona has been building off of their defensive strengths as this group ranks 23rd in the nation in points allowed compared to 201st in scoring average. Not having Trier in the lineup has been a downer, but Lauri Markkanen has been fun to watch as he’s led the squad averaging 16.3 points per game.
New Mexico was throttled by Va Tech earlier in the year and that was the last time the Lobos went against this caliber of competition. Arizona has a great home court advantage and we like for the Wildcats’ defense to be a difference maker as they go on to frustrate the Lobos attack on their way to winning and covering the spread.
Arizona -12.5 -110