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Lobo Pack: Rice Preview

2020-21 Season Opener

NCAA Basketball: Mountain West Conference Tournament- New Mexico vs Utah State Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

What:

New Mexico Lobos vs Rice Owls

When:

Sunday December 13th, 2020 at 1 pm MT

Where:

Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas.

Coverage:

Game will be streamed on CUSA.tv, but you need a paid subscription to view. It will also be on the Lobo Sports Radio Network.

Series:

Lobos lead the series between the two schools with a 5-2 record. The last time these two met was in 2017 when the Lobos won 78-69.

Breakdown:

The New Mexico Lobos basketball team will finally begin their 2020-21 season Sunday when they take on the Rice Owls in Houston.

Rice comes into the contest 4-0 on the season. Last time out for the Owls they beat Houston Baptist by a final of 86-64.

What to expect from Rice:

Rice likes to go with a four guard lineup to begin the contest. That also translates into a ton of outside shots. The Owls were 14 of 38 from three point range against Houston Baptist.

Last game out against Houston Baptist it was guard Quincy Olivari who led the way with 27 points for the Owls. Overall, Olivari averages 14.3 points per game.

What to expect from the Lobos:

This is the much anticipated debut for a lot of Lobos. Jeremiah Francis, who transferred from North Carolina, will start at point guard.

Rod Brown is expected to start at the four slot. Brown is a junior college transfer, who also spent some time at Wichita State.

Bayron Matos, who is a freshman, is expected to get time at the five spot, splitting time with Valdir Manuel, who is a junior college transfer.

Makuach Maluach and Keith McGee return and are expected to be starters at the two and three slots.

The Lobos hope to return to the up tempo play that head coach Paul Weir had in his first season at the helm in New Mexico. So, expect points, points, points.

Prediction:

There is a lot of unknown heading into this game. Coach Weir is full of optimism heading into the season, however. Expect the Lobos to be a bit slow out of the gate in this one, but then they should get their legs and challenge the Owls. I think we could see a high scoring one and I think the Lobos will get the season started on the right foot. I got Lobos-89 Rice-83.