BYU is coming off their biggest win of the year over San Diego State, but now it is time for them to refocus and take on the New Mexico Lobos. Yes, the Lobos are struggling with a 2-4 conference record with loses to Wyoming and Utah, however with the game being played at The Pit that gives the Lobos a better chance to hang around in this game.
The Lobos average 87 points per game so they can try to run with BYU, but they may be a mistake. BYU is one of the best teams in transition and are capable of scoring in bunches and bewilder a team with a quick six to 10 point run. Also, the more possessions BYU has allows JImmer Fredette more chances to beat your team. The key to slowing down BYU could possibly to play a slow pace of basketball by using almost all of the 35 second shot clock when the Lobos possess the ball.
That slow pace option has not been used against BYU all that well, because they will try to force the pace and when they get the ball the Cougars will push it up court and try to make the opposing team keep up. With the Lobos struggling -- outside of their romp over TCU -- it might be a good idea to try something different.
New Mexico has a deep bench and the height which is the one advantage most teams have over BYU, but none have to take full advantage of that and get a win.
The game really comes down to just trying to contain Fredette to under 25 points in this contest