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New Mexico Lobos’ Toughest Non-Conference Schedule Game

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The New Mexico Lobos will have a great basketball team in the 2013-14 season. They will also have one heck of a non-conference schedule. However, which game will be their toughest?

How about the matchup against Kansas Jayhawks. Word on the street is that Kansas is a pretty good team in college basketball. Well, with Andrew Wiggins joining that should be the case once again. He is getting so much hype that the Jayhawks could be a top five team entering the season. May I remind you that they have to replace their entire starting five.

There will of course be other good players on the team, but Wiggins may be the best in the country–if he lives up to the hype.

New Mexico will also play Marquette and Cincinnati on the year. They will be challenged plenty of other times as well.

New Mexico has the talent to be a top 10 team in college hoops. It should be ranked to start the season. This is a team that is coming off of a 29-win season. The Lobos also won the MWC last season and earned a No. 3 seed in the Big Dance. They could be even better in the 2013-14 season, which is scary for the rest of the MWC.

Still, the clash with Kansas will be the toughest one of the season and the Jayhawks cannot take New Mexico lightly. If so, the Lobos will have no problem winning that game and getting a huge win on the resume.

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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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