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An Eye On The Lobos: at New Mexico State Preview

NCAA Basketball: New Mexico at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

The New Mexico Lobos will put their 4-1 mark on the line tonight when they visit Las Cruces to renew their in state rivalry with New Mexico State.

The game will be on Fox Sports Arizona Plus, AggieVision, Fox Sports Oklahoma, and on the radio on the Lobo Radio Network. Game time is 7 pm Mountain.

The Lobos enter Tuesday’s game riding a two game winning streak, and will be looking to avenge their only loss on the season which came against the Aggies in a 98-94 decision in Albuquerque back on November 17th.

The Aggies got 31 points that night from AJ Harris, and held on late despite a late UNM rally.

Since then the Lobos have scored a home win over UTEP and got a crucial road win over Bradley this past Saturday. In each of those wins Anthony Mathis was clutch; scoring 18 against UTEP, 16 of which came in the second half, and 23 against Bradley, 21 coming off three pointers.

For New Mexico State they come into Tuesday’s game at 6-1. The only loss for the Aggies this season was a 73-58 loss to St. Mary’s (CA). Since then the Aggies have reeled off four straight wins with the latest coming against Washington State on Saturday.

For the Lobos to have success they need to have Mathis hit his shots again, and get the ball into Corey Manigault. Vance Jackson disappeared Saturday night offensively, the Lobos will need some help from him too down in what will be a loud Pan American Center.

Defensively for the Lobos it’ll be tough to key on one player, just like in November. AJ Harris torched the Lobos in The Pit, but has struggled since. Terrell Brown scored 15 against Washington State, but had only four against UTEP. CJ Bobbitt poured in 15 against Washington State, but that was only his second game this season in double figures.

For the outcome of this one the Lobos have struggled against New Mexico State since Paul Weir took over in Albuquerque, but they seem to be hitting their stride defensively and getting key baskets from their veterans. Expect a close game in Las Cruces.