By John Lloyd @JohnHLloydIII on March 18, 2014
The Lobos are on a bit of a hot-streak due to their winning of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. A senior-laden squad, the Lobos use length and shooting at every position to frustrate opponents into taking contested jumpers. If the Lobos can get over the hump and actually win a NCAA tournament game, then coach “Noodle” Neal will be in the good-graces of UNM faithful. These five players are critical to that effort.
Deshawn Delaney is the typical New Mexico wing player, shooting threes and defending the opponents’ best player. He has a weird matchup against Stanford’s length.
The Australian has a tendency to shoot too much at times, but when he’s on, the Lobos definitely benefit. He does a lot of ball handling now for the bench and off-ball guard for the starters. Hugh Greenwood is a great role player.
Captain Kirk is the big man you see when you watch the Lobos play. He’s a hard-nosed defender and rebounder who has shooting touch out to the three-point line. He is scoring 14, rebounding nine and blocking three shots a game.
A stud at both guarding his position and playing his position, Williams provides 6-foot-6 of passing, ball handling and shooting ability. As a point guard, he is a matchup nightmare averaging 16 and five on the season.
There is no doubt about New Mexico’s game plan: Feed Bairstow the rock -- anywhere. He can score from outside, down low and can get to the line at will. He's one of the most underrated players in the country.
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