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A Look At New Mexico Lobos’ Alex Kirk For the Upcoming Season

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The New Mexico Lobos will return many great players from last year’s team, but let’s take a look at one in particular for the 2013-14 college basketball season.

That player is none other than Alex Kirk. The big man stands at 7’0” and he very well could be one of the best centers in the nation in the upcoming season. He had great stats last season, averaging 12.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. Those numbers are hard to argue with and taking the next step could be huge.

Kirk shot 49.4 percent from the field last season, which isn’t exactly ideal for a center, but it is important to note that Kirk did take 47 shots from behind the arc and made 13 of them (27.7 percent).

His 1.8 blocks per game were also a bonus.

Since most of the team will be back, the Lobos will likely be predicted to win the MWC and should have no problem making the Big Dance once again. Tony Snell was a big loss, but New Mexico definitely wins and loses as a team.

However, if Kirk can be even better, not only will his stats look good on paper–already do–but he could help lead New Mexico on a deep run in the tourney and he could be considered as a top center in college hoops, which usually bodes well for players that want to seek a future in the NBA.

Whether the case, it should be a great season for both Kirk and the Lobos and this is a team that will be receiving a lot of hype all season long.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 Stanford





Both the New Mexico Lobos and Stanford Cardinal got a tough draw in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Both teams are capable of making a Sweet 16 run, but only one team will have the chance of doing so after this contest.

These No. 7 vs. No. 10 seed matchups are always very hard to predict. You don’t know if it is going to be a close one or a complete blowout, but that’s kind of how the entire NCAA tourney works out.

The Lobos just got done winning the MW tournament and have won nine of 10. The Cardinal have lost four in their last seven.

What to Watch For

Chasson Randle, Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow. There will definitely be other talented players on the court in this game, but those three are arguably the best.

Randle is leading Stanford with 18.7 points per game and can drop 20+ on any team in the tournament.

Williams is averaging 16.4 points per game and is shooting 40.4 percent from the three-point line. Bairstow could be the best player in this contest, though. He is putting up 20.3 points per game and has had quite the breakout season for the Lobos.

Prediction

I am going to have to go with the mid-major in this one. Both teams entered the season with relatively high expectations, but it is New Mexico that is coming off of a tournament championship and it is New Mexico that lost in its first game of the  dance last year as a No. 3 seed. You better believe that this team will be trying to avenge its loss from last season.

New Mexico 78 Stanford 62

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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