The #8 nationally ranked New Mexico Lobos will look to avoid the upset from Air Force. Air Force comes into the game ranked 9th in the Mountain West Conference and the Lobos are the favorites at #1. The Lobos are on a 14 game run that led them to the MWC regular season title. The Falcons won the play-in game against the Wyoming Cowboys 59-40 for the chance to play the Lobos.
The Lobos are lead by MWC player of the year Darrington Hobson and his 15.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assist per game averages. Hobson and the Lobos had a hard time beating the Falcons a few weeks ago as they squeezed out a 59-56 win at The Pit. In the first meeting at Air Force the Lobos won easily by 23 points.
On paper this should be an easy win for the Lobos. Games aren't played on paper so the Lobos will need to come in well prepared for the Falcons and beat them as easy as possible. The tournament turns into a endurance contest with possibly three games in three days, four in four if your Air Force. Getting dragged into an overtime game against Air Force could hurt their tournament championship dreams.
For Air Force there is nothing to lose. Senior Grant Parker will be giving it his all along with the rest of the Falcons as they hope to make some noise. You can never count out the Air Force Academy.
This game will be broadcast on The Mtn. in high def and tip is at 12PM pacific time.