The Colorado State Rams and New Mexico Lobos are both in win or go home mode after disappointing losses down the stretch. Today they will match up as the four and five seeds in the MWC tournament in Las Vegas. The Rams grabbed the four seed with a 19-11(9-7) record on the year with a 43rd ranking in the RPI. The Lobos sit at 20-11(8-8) and are 71st in RPI. New Mexico has been off the bubble talk since their second Utah loss. The Rams have been put in the next, next four out in most brackets since their devastating loss to Air Force.
The Lobos took some hard losses, getting swept by Utah and two one possession games against UNLV have hurt their tournament chances. The loss to Wyoming might be their most damaging in conference play. The Lobos did have two huge wins against BYU, showing if they get past CSU a MWC tournament win isn't that crazy of a thought. The Lobos tournament resume is filled with ups and downs. Losing to Wyoming and getting swept by Utah on one side. Sweeping BYU and taking UNLV down to the last possession both games.
The Rams are a different story as they lack a good win. Their best win on the year is at UNLV, The Rams split the series with UNM, AFA, and failed to get a marquee win against SDSU or BYU in four chances. The Rams are riding their strength of schedule right now, but that doesn't mean much when your 1-5 against top 25 opponents.
Catch keys to the game after the jump...
For the Lobos to break some bubble teams hearts they need to have Dairese Gary and Drew Gordon continue to dominate. In the Lobos win over the Rams Gordon went for 15 points and 16 rebounds. They key to that game was Phillip McDonald going for a career high 27 points off the bench. If any of the Lobos can get hot and help Gordon and Gary with scoring then the Rams might run out of answers on defense.
For the Rams to win they need to get back their two headed monster in Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin. Ogide has been carrying this team and got a well deserved 1st team all conference. Ogide has scored 20 points in four of his last six games. Franklin averages 12 points a game, but has yet to do better then 12 points since 1/26. The Rams have gone .500 in that stretch.