New Mexico Basketball Can Upset San Diego State on Road

By Demario Phipps-Smith
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Every team faces advantages and disadvantages in a game in college basketball. Success in college basketball is determined by how well you deal with adverse situations.

Saturday, the New Mexico Lobos tangle with San Diego State for sole possession of the Mountain West Conference. If NMU wants to win, they’ll have to upset a top-10 team and do it in San Diego

The home team has the decided advantage in games of this magnitude, but the contest wouldn’t be held if it was impossible for the visitors to win. The Lobos defeated SDSU once this season, but the win was at home and the Aztecs played a stinker in the 58-44 blowout. I’m sure coach Steve Fisher threw the footage of that game to the garbage rather quickly.

This team has the ability to do the nearly inconceivable task of defeating the Aztecs at home. Senior forward Cameron Bairstow is the source of such ability.

 The Aussie big man averages 20 points on the season, seven rebounds and shoots well for a big from the free-throw line as he averages 72 percent on freebies. Bairstow was huge in the first contest between the teams. He scored 26 points and added nine rebounds. He will need a repeat performance (or better) to beat a team as talented as SDSU.
New Mexico is a better team offensively than the Aztecs and must take advantage of that. Although the Lobos like to run their offense through the post, it would be beneficial to keep the pace rapid and the points in bunches. The Lobos are hungry to take the conference title from San Diego State and Bairstow may be the player to lead the charge.

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