UW-New Mexico Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Geoff Grammer, who covers New Mexico men’s basketball for the Albuquerque Journal.

Wyoming (18-10 overall, 4-10 Mountain West) plays at No. 14 and first-place New Mexico (24-4, 11-2) at 3 p.m. today at the Pit.

Question: The Lobos seem to be the most complete team in the Mountain West this season. Can you elaborate on that and, in your opinion, what has made them so good this season?

Answer: Alex Kirk, UNM’s sophomore center, said something after the San Diego State win on Wednesday that seems to have become the team’s unofficial motto for the season. He was asked about how Kendall Williams was OK with going from scoring 46 points last Saturday in a win at Colorado State to making just one field goal but dishing out eight assists in the SDSU win. Kirk said, “You can’t guard an unselfish team.” The Lobos have embraced the notion of a different man stepping up each night and don’t seem to care who that guy is from game to game. That makes them hard to prepare for. When CSU keyed Tony Snell last week in Fort Collins (Snell had 23 points against the Rams in their first game), Williams went off. It’s hard to know which player will be the guy each game.

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UW-New Mexico pregame notes

Tonight’s game for Wyoming, along with Saturday’s at Colorado State, will provide another test defensively for the Cowboys.

UW must contend with New Mexico sophomore center Alex Kirk, a 7-footer who also is 250 pounds. He averages 11.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. Kirk is a good story in the league after missing last season due to back surgery.

Does UW put senior forward Leonard Washington on Kirk, or sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr.? Not sure if Nance is physical enough to contend with Kirk.

Saturday, the Cowboys must deal with CSU’s 6-10, 260-pound senior Colton Iverson. He averages 14.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and shoots a league-best 56.1 percent from the field.

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