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New Mexico vs. Auburn: Lobos take on Tigers in the Diamond Head Classic

The Lobos will try to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Rice on Saturday against a strong Auburn team in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

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Sometimes you just need a slap in the face to wake up, that's exactly what happened to the Lobos on Saturday as the lost on an administrative technical foul to the Rice Owls. The Lobos went into the game heavy favorites but seemed to sleep walk through the whole game. They build up an 18 point lead in the second half but allowed the Owls to come back and win the game. So what's next for the Lobos?

They get to travel to Hawaii to participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic which will allow them to get some quality wins if they play the way they are capable of.

The Lobos will have the opportunity to face off against either Harvard or BYU with the opportunity to play #8 Oklahoma if they can get wins during the first two days off the tournament. Before the Lobos can even think of the other potential match ups they must first deal with 5-3 Auburn team that like the Lobos last opponent Rice has talented guards that can score lots of points, Duo' averages 33 points per game for the Tigers. The team itself has four players that average double digits in scoring.

Lobo sophomore guard Sam Logwood had originally committed to play for the Tigers but after Bruce Pearl was hired as the head coach he asked for his release from the commitment.

Diamond Head Classic Day 1 Auburn:

Tip off time: 12:30 p.m. MST

How to watch: ESPN (Dish 141, Direct TV 208) or Watch ESPN

Players to Watch Auburn:

Kareem Canty- Canty is a 6"1 junior who is in his first season with the Tigers he spent the first two years of his career at Marshall University.  Kareem is averaging 20 points 5.8 assists a game and is shooting .456% from the field while making .446% of his three point shots in 32.4 minutes per game. Canty is the go to player for the Tigers and is fresh off a 25 point night against #10 Xavier. His season high is 28 points which he got in a loss to Middle Tennessee State. The Lobos must stop him if they want to advance to the second round of the three day tournament.

Cinmeon Bowers- Bowers is a 6'7 260 lb. senior forward was the top Junior College recruit during 2014 signing class. Bowers is a load inside and will be in interesting match up for the Lobo big men. Bowers who is averaging 12.9 points and 9.9 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game is a double double machine will have to keep up with the Lobo bigs on the defensive end the best thing to do would to be to attack Bowers as he is not a shot blocker. Bowers is averaging 2.3 fouls per game so he is not normally in foul trouble but he may struggle with the quickness of Aget and Williams from the Lobos.

Tyler Harris- Harris is a 6'10 senior graduate transfer from the University of Providence. Harris is averaging 15.4 points 8.5 rebounds and shoots .530 from the floor in 28.50 minutes per game.  He was held to four points against Xavier because of foul trouble which is theme with him he has had five fouls three times this season. Harris is a very versatile player; he does a lot of work under the basket but plays a point forward for the Tigers. He has the ball in his hand and is able to make a lot of plays on the offensive side.

Prediction:

Look for the Lobos to bounce back from their shocking loss this weekend, they will be forced to play good defense against the Tigers but they are capable of it. They need to make sure that they are not looking over any opponents this week as they now know what can happen.  The Lobos should come away with a 5-7 point win and should face the winner of the BYU-Harvard game.