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Lobo Pack: Air Force Series Preview

NCAA Basketball: New Mexico at Fresno State Kiel Maddox-USA TODAY Sports

What:

New Mexico Lobos vs Air Force Falcons

When:

Game 1: Monday February 22nd, 2021 at 7:30 pm MT

Game 2: Wednesday February 24th, 2021 at 4:00 pm MT

Where:

Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Coverage:

Both games of the series will be televised on CBS Sports Network. On the radio side it will be of course the Lobo Sports Radio Network, Lobo Sports app, and News Radio KKOB in Albuquerque.

Series:

This will be games 86 and 87 between the two schools. The two split the matchups last season with the latest going to Air Force by a score of 60-58.

Breakdown:

The New Mexico Lobos will take on the Air Force Falcons on Monday night at Clune Arena in hopes to end their five game losing streak. UNM sits at 5-13 overall and 1-13 in Mountain West Conference play.

Last game out the Lobos lost 79-67 against Wyoming after being down 33-6 at one point in the contest.

Air Force is 4-16 overall and 2-14 in the MWC. Last game out the Falcons fell to Fresno State, 67-64.

What to expect from Air Force:

The Falcons love to slow the game down and hang around near the end. Four of their last six games have been decided by six points or less.

Air Force has two players that average in double figures. AJ Walker averages 15.3 points per game while Chris Joyce goes for 10.8 a game.

Walker had just eight points against Fresno State last game out, two nights after going for 33 against the Bulldogs in game one of their series. Joyce, meanwhile, has not scored over 10 points in three consecutive games. Walker can’t do it all, so he’s going to need Joyce to find his rhythm.

What to expect from the Lobos:

UNM showed a lot of heart in their last contest against Wyoming. After being down by 27 in the first half, they battled back to within two before Wyoming pulled away.

I don’t believe in good losses, or anything like that, but the Lobos should have built some confidence after hanging in both games with the Cowboys.

The Lobos will hope Makuach Maluach will keep his momentum going, as he went for a career high 30 points in game two of the Wyoming series.

Prediction:

These two teams are pretty even record wise, and style wise. They both matchup extremely well on paper, the question will be whose head is in it. Both teams have very little outside of pride to play for this late in the season, so it’ll be interesting to see who has the mindset of the season not being over yet.

With the momentum the Lobos built from the Wyoming series, I feel as though they will take a step forward here in this series.

Game 1: Lobos-68 Air Force-61

Game 2: Lobos-58 Air Force-55