Conference: Mountain West
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Head coach: Dr. Paul Wier, third season at New Mexico (33-33 record at New Mexico)
2018-19 record: 14-18 (7-11 Mountain West)
Last time in NCAA Tournament: 2014, lost in first round
Top three returning scorers:
- Vance Jackson, junior, guard / forward, 13.1 ppg
- Carlton Bragg, senior, forward, 10.5 ppg
- Makuach Maluach, junior, guard / forward, 9.9 ppg
Key loss: Anthony Mathis, guard, graduated, 14.4 ppg
Exciting newcomer: Emmanuel Andrew, a three-star small forward out of Salt Lake City, Utah, is an excellent athlete with a lot of upside. He is a very strong defender, but he is still developing as a scoring threat. He has the potential to make some highlight reel plays, and he compares to Khalil Iverson.
Date of game: Tuesday, Nov. 26, TBA (if it happens at all)
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Preview: This is game two of the four-game Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper tournament with Richmond, Auburn and New Mexico. In the first round, I expect Auburn to beat New Mexico and Wisconsin to beat Richmond.
Therefore, this is an unlikely match-up.
However, if these teams do play, it could be an interesting clash of style. The Lobos prefer a quick-paced game, and they were No. 18 in the country last season in possessions per game at 75.9. In contrast, Wisconsin was one of the slowest-paced teams, ranking No. 325 with 67.4 possessions per game.
Further, New Mexico is neither efficient on offence nor defense. New Mexico scored .995 points per play in 2018-19 (No. 211 in NCAA D-1), and Wisconsin had the tenth-most efficient defense allowing only .916 ppp.
Prediction: If they play, Badgers win 73 - 60