In their prior meeting this season on Jan. 16th, 2013, the New Mexico Lobos beat the Boise State Broncos, 79-74 in overtime. Tony Snell led New Mexico with 22 points. He connected on seven of his 12 field goals, as well as three of his five three-point field goals. Alex Kirk added 10 points and seven rebounds, in addition to Hugh Greenwood’s 15 points and seven rebounds.
Boise State was led by Derrick Marks’ 27 points and six rebounds. Ryan Watkins added 12 points and 10 rebounds, as well as Anthony Drmic contributing 10 points and seven rebounds.
This was a close game. Although Boise State out-rebounded New Mexico 36 to 28, New Mexico made 24 of their 31 free throws. Boise State completed 15 out of 21 free throws.
The game taking place on Feb. 16th, 2013, will most likely be another tight game between these two games. New Mexico and Boise State match up well against each other. Each team plays “small ball,” running a four-guard lineup.
This game will be more critical for Boise State, since they are trying to earn a bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament next month. A win against New Mexico would be a plus. However, winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship at the end of the regular season will secure Boise State a ticket to the “big dance.” Since New Mexico is ranked in the top 25 nationally, they are not in the same predicament as Boise State. It will behoove New Mexico to approach any game like it is their last.