(23/20) New Mexico vs. Jamestown
The Pit/Bob King Court (15,411)
Radio - Lobo Radio Network (770 KKOB Flagship) Robert Portnoy, Play-by-Play; Scott Didrickson, Analysis
TV - ROOT (DISH 414, Direct 683, Comcast 261): Jerry Schemmel, Play-by-Play; Dave Bollwinkel, Analysis
Setting The Scene: The New Mexico Lobos, who have gone a perfect 4-0 in exhibition games, will play their final one against the Jamestown Jimmies, an NAIA school that has already played four games on the season, going 2-2 so far. The Lobos are ranked No. 23 in the preseason Associated Press Poll and are ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
Last Time Out for New Mexico: The Lobos took down a very game Eastern New Mexico squad 87-68 in front of the largest exhibition crowd in 11 years at The Pit. The Lobos shot the ball well at .472 from the field, and the larger, taller squad has its way on the boards to the tune of a 52-26 rebounding advantage, including 86.3% defensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 38 of 44 missed ENMU shot opportunities.
Alex Kirk had a solid double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds, and four other Lobos were in double-figures with Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams with 14 each, and Cleveland Thomas and Cullen Neal with 10 each. The Lobos played 14 players on the night as head coach Craig Neal tried out several different combinations.
About Jamestown: The Jimmies are coached by Justin Wieck, who at one time was a graduate assistant at Iowa when Craig Neal served as the Associate Head Coach there. Drew Adams was also a player there when Wieck was a G.A. video administrator.
The Jimmies as an NAIA team started their competitive season October 18, the same night as the Lobo Howl. The Jimmies are 2-2, having won two game by scoring 112 and 117 points. The Jimmies have also allowed 91 and 96 points this season. The roster features only one player above 6-6 (and that is 6-7 Dan Janu), but Mark Hoge and Brequan Tucker are each averaging 17.8 points per game, and Breshion Tucker is averaging 14.8 points per game. As a team Jamestown is averaging 96.0 points per game and allowing 80.5 points per game. They are also 45-for-101 this season from three-point range.
What's Next for New Mexico: After five exhibition games over two continents, the Lobos will officially open the Craig "Noodles" Neal era on Saturday night at 8:05 p.m. when the Lobos take on the Alabama A&M Bulldogs. The game will also be on ROOT Sports as well as the Lobo Radio Network