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NCAA Tournament Preview: #3 New Mexico vs. #14 Montana

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Montana Grizzlies
  vs. New Mexico Lobos

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010, 6:50 PM PDT
NCAA Tournament - East Region - First Round - HP Pavilion - San Jose, CA


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This was to be one of those games that was a given for New Mexico to win -- which it is.  However, there is a little smack talk going on from Montana's star guard Anthony Johnson who was disappointed about not playing a Big East team when taping a video segment for the schools website.

What New Mexico needs to do is worry about Johnson who put up a Superman type performance against Weber State in the Big Sky finals as he had a huge night:

  • 13 of 22 from the field
  • 2 of 5 from beyond the arc
  • 14 of 14 from the free throw line

Also, his team was down 20 points in the second half and came back to win.

If the Lobos slow down Johnson they will be fine.  Mountain West player of the year Darrington Hobson should take over in this game with his rebounding skills and scoring to put the Lobos over the top.  This is one of those games that could make Montana's Anthony Johnson in Bryce Drew lore if he has a big game.

Really just expect the Lobos to cruise in this game and be ready for their next round opponent.