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Lobo Pack: Le Tourneau Game Preview

Game 3 of 2020-21

Utah State v New Mexico Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images

What:

New Mexico Lobos vs. Le Tourneau YellowJackets

When:

Thursday December 17th, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. MT

Where:

Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas. The home of the Rice Owls.

Coverage:

Game will be on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObtLHJiOB_o&feature=youtu.be

Radio coverage will be on the Lobo Sports Radio Network, the Lobo Sports App, 96.3 FM/770 AM KKOB in Albuquerque.

Series:

First meeting between the schools.

Breakdown:

The New Mexico Lobos will play their third game of the week when they take on Division III’s Le Tourneau YellowJackets on Thursday afternoon at the Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.

The Lobos are 2-0 on the season after beating Our Lady of the Lake, 104-65, back on Tuesday. In that game Makuach Maluach scored 17 points for UNM.

Maluach now sits at 999 career points entering Thursday’s contest. With one point, he will become the 35th Lobo player to score 1,000 or more points in his career.

For Le Tourneau, they are 1-0 on the season, but have lost four exhibition games that their opponents claimed as wins. The YellowJackets beat Howard Payne, 100-63, on Tuesday.

One of their four exhibition losses was to Rice, by a final of 94-74. The Lobos defeated Rice on Sunday, 72-61, to open their 2020-21 season.

What to expect from Le Tourneau:

The YellowJackets boast 10 returning starters from last year’s team that went to the Division III tournament.

The YellowJackets like to play with a three guard-two forward lineup. They will also take a ton of three-point shots, as they have attempted at least 28 in all of their contests this season.

Le Tourneau is led by guard Andrew Eberhardt, who scored 31 points and had 11 rebounds against Howard Payne on Tuesday. Eberhardt is averaging 13.8 points per game this season.

X-Factor for Lobos:

Considering that the YellowJackets have just three players at 6-foot-7, or 6-foot-8, the length of New Mexico will be the key in this game.

UNM came up with nine blocks in the contest against Our Lady of the Lake and have a plus-23 rebound margin over their opponents through their first two contests.

Given that Le Tourneau loves to shoot threes, it will be imperative for UNM to get rebounds to prevent second chance shots, and to spur fast breaks during the game.

Prediction:

Nothing against Le Tourneau, they are obviously very talented for the division of play that they’re in. Just as their first four against Division I opponents have gone; I doubt they will be in this one either. Expect the Lobos to get out, run, and get a lot of playing time for their bench. I like the Lobos-107 YellowJackets-75.