New Mexico residents know about home cooking; especially around the holidays. The Lobo basketball team will be looking for some home cooking tonight as they try to end a two game skid when they host the 7-1 Colorado Buffaloes in The Pit at 7 pm Mountain.
As satisfying as red and green chile is to Lobo fans, so is the shooting of Anthems Mathis and Dane Kuiper. Just like red and green chile though it doesn’t taste as good at someone else’s house as your own, the shooting on the road the last two games haven’t been the same for those two. Kuiper scored just two points in each of the last two games, a 100-65 loss to New Mexico State and an 85-60 loss to St. Mary’s, while Mathis had five and four points in each of those games respectively. Needless to say the Lobos could use some good shooting from Mathis and Kuiper tonight.
The status of Corey Manigault for UNM remains unknown for tonight. As of now head coach Paul Weir said it will be a game time decision on whether Manigault will play. Corey was suspended for the St. Mary’s game for his involvement in a scuffle in the pregame of the New Mexico State contest.
The Colorado Buffaloes, meanwhile, bring a five game winning streak into Albuquerque tonight. The Buffaloes offense has soared scoring 79 or more in all but one game this season. That’s bad news for the Lobos as they have allowed 75 points or more in every game this season.
The Lobos will need to key on McKinley Wright IV from CU. Wright has scored in double figures in points in seven of eight games this year. Wright is helped out by Tyler Bey who has scored double figures in each of the last four games.
The Buffaloes are riding the momentum heading into this one, and the Lobos have been as shaky as cafeteria jello this season, but the outcome will hinge on Anthony Mathis. Just like mom’s enchiladas; when it’s on it’s tough to stop and the Lobos have won when that has happened. If he’s off, better get the antacids out.
Game is at 7 pm and will be on ESPN2 and the Lobos Radio Network from Learfield.