Boise State vs. New Mexico is the second leg of the Mountain West semifinals (11:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network) in what should be an exciting game. The two teams split the season series with New Mexico winning at home by 11 points and in the second matchup Boise State won by a single point at home.
So far in the tournament, New Mexico smoked Fresno State, 93-77, while Boise State has played two games since they played in the opening round, and they too have had won both games by double-digits.
The Lobos showed no mercy in their win over the Bulldogs with Cameron Bairstow scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and the other big man Alex Kirk also had 21 points and hauled in six rebounds and a block. The defense played one of their better games and held Fresno State to 39 percent from the field and cleaned up on the glass by out rebounding Fresno State 40-25.
For Boise State to upset New Mexico they need their big three of Ryan Watkins, Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks; plus also three-point specialist Jeff Elorriaga. The Broncos have vastly underachieved this year since they were a favorite to win the Mountain West, and they do have 21 wins but with the amount of talent back from last season's NCAA tournament team, this year's team has not lived up to the hype.
Boise State will need to find a way to slow down New Mexico's big man, and even if they can somehow do that they still have to worry about Kendall Williams. Maybe Boise State will follow what San Diego State did and put as many athletes on the floor and run an aggressive zone defense to limit the post play.
As for New Mexico, they seem determined to make it to the Mountain West title game and want a rematch against San Diego State since they blew that game against the Aztecs as they were out coached, and badly.
This game will come down to New Mexico's ability. They have the talent to be able to get the win, as they should, but Boise State is playing well enough at the right time to make this game uncomfortable against the Lobos; however, Boise State will need to play a perfect game to get the win.