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New Mexico Lobos Have the Potential To Earn A No. 2 Seed In Upcoming Season

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The New Mexico Lobos earned a No. 3 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but they will have the talent to earn a No. 2 seed in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

A No. 1 seed is certainly not out of the question, but New Mexico would have to do something really special to achieve that feat.

The Lobos are returning a bunch of talent from last year’s team, but they will be losing Tony Snell. Snell averaged 12.5 points per game last season. Luckily, leading scorer Kendall Williams will be back. Williams has the potential to be a star, but he still managed to average 13.3 points per game and 4.9 assists per game last season.

New Mexico finished last season with an overall record of 29-6. It won the MWC with a 13-3 record. The team will have the talent to run the tables in conference play in the upcoming season.

The Lobos were great last year, but the MWC being so tough likely was a big reason why they were able to earn a No. 3 seed. The conference will probably not be as good in the 2013-14 season, but I am sure teams like UNLV and San Diego State will still compete. Plus, Boise State will be stacked and should have no problem making the dance.

Regardless, New Mexico could be even better in the upcoming season. As a result, you would think that the Lobos would at least earn a No. 3 seed.

Earning a No. 2 seed or not, the Lobos will make the 2014 NCAA Tournament and they will likely win the MWC in the process.

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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.


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

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