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New Mexico vs. Air Force preview: Lobos go on the road to face the Falcons

The Lobos will look to win their third consecutive game Saturday against the Falcons.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

If Tuesday taught us anything it's don't leave The Pit early. Elijah Brown saw hundreds of fans exiting University Arena with the Lobos down double digits to Boise State with less than six minutes left in game that's when Brown decided to take his frustration out on the Broncos. The Lobos went on a 19-2 run to close out the game and escape with a 80-78 victory.

The task now is not to have a let down as New Mexico now will travel to Colorado Springs to take on the Air Force Falcons, and while the Falcons come into the game in 10th place with a 13-14 record 4-10 in conference but this is the definition of a trap game. The Lobos beat the Falcons 84-55 in their first meeting but its a whole different story in Clone Arena.

The Falcons who boast home wins against Boise State and UNLV have the ability to make teams and games look ugly they love to slow the game down and frustrate teams. For the Lobos they have to stay patient take good shots and limit turnovers. The Falcon prey on opportunity they like shorten the game and run down the shot clock the Lobos must force the Falcons to run and play at the Lobos pace.

Elijah Brow who has been on a roll lately continues to make his case that he is the Mountain West Conference player of the year. He is averaging 20.6 points per game and while he struggled in the first half against Boise State he should that he can get hot at anytime and change a game. Brown is joined by Tim Williams who will be a key player in today's game the Lobos will have to work it in to Williams if they want to open up the out side shooting of Brown and Cullen Neal.

On the Air Force side the Lobos must focus Hayden Graham and Trevor Lyons who are the Falcons best players. The Falcons must pick what they want to focus on trying to stop do they spread out there defenses to try to stop Brown and the other Lobos perimeter players or do they pack the paint to stop Williams and hope that the Lobos have an off shooting night. Either way I predict a 15 point-plus win for the Lobos over the Falcons, so look for New Mexico to continue to roll and pick up their third consecutive win.