2012 NCAA Tournament Preview, Open Thread: No. 5 New Mexico Vs. No. 4 Louisville


Next Game

New Mexico Lobos
@ Louisville Cardinals

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012, 6:40 PM PDT
Rose Garden - Portland, OR

TV: TBS

Complete Coverage >


New Mexico reminds Louisville of a Big East team which could be good for the Lobos:

"They're like a Big East matchup in the sense that Drew Gordon and their other big are great rebounders," U of L guard Peyton Siva said. "... They're kind of like a Notre Dame. They're tough rebounding and very gritty." "It's going to be a game of defense and hopefully low turnovers," Gordon said. "I think it's going to be whoever has the least amount of turnovers and whoever can dig their heels in and play defense to the best of their ability."

Don't forget that Rick Pitino is a good coach during the NCAA Tournament.

As simple as it sounds this game will come down to who shoots better:

The key in this one, however, is shooting. I know: Genius. But this game pits two of the nation's top-five field goal percentage defenses, with both hovering around 38 percent. Both defenses won the battle in their second-round victories. The Cardinals shut down a high-scoring Davidson attack, miring a team that likes to run in a half-court game, while Williams played a major role in shutting down Long Beach State point guard Casper Ware, the Big West Player of the Year, who shot 5 of 19 from the field and was 2-of-9 from 3-point range.

As for some predictions, AccuScore has New Mexico as the favorite winning by an average score of 64.8 to 63.9 and 55.4 percent of the time.

Enjoy the games and remember if you wish to comment in our open thread you must register on the site. Also, if you are at a game or not able to watch the game make sure to use the mobile version of our site or the SB Nation iPhone and Android app.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mountain West Connection

You must be a member of Mountain West Connection to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mountain West Connection. You should read them.

Join Mountain West Connection

You must be a member of Mountain West Connection to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mountain West Connection. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker