@ New Mexico Lobos
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010, 7:00 PM PST
TV: The Mtn
This game could all but seal the regular season conference title for BYU with a win. After this game their toughest road match is at Wyomning and UNLV, but the Cougars all ready have a two game lead on the Rebels and all ready beat them once. Tonight's game will be no easy task as New Mexico's only home loss came against UNLV a few weeks back.
Wooden Award nominee Jimmer Fredette looks to have fully recovered from his muli-week bout with mono. Especially with his 33 point performance against San Diego State over the weekend. If New Mexico wants to win this game they will need to apply heavy pressure to Fredette and try to make Tyler Haws, Jonathan Tavernari, or Jackson Emery beat them. Those other three are no slouches and helped preserve BYU's winning streak during Fredette's illness.
On the other side BYU must deal with New Mexico's balanced scoring that features four players who score ten or more points per game; the leader of that group is Darington Hobson who is a versatile threat with his ability to rebound and read the court.
BYU is a bit more of a running team as they average 83 per game compared to the Lobo's 77 per contest, but the defense could be huge since both clamp down and only give up mid 60's per game.
Accuscore has New Mexico as a 1.5 point favorite, but in their simulation BYU is the winner nearly 62 percent of the time with an average final of 76.3 to 72.4, so expect this to be a close game. This will be one of the better games of the night, so try to find someone who has The Mtn, if you live out of the area to watch this game.