Posted on: December 31, 2012 11:41 pm
So the Lobos were in some kind of nightmare on the road @ St Louis. They show up to find Mitchell playing his second game of the season, who was a spark on defense and offense. St. Louis extended the defense and the Lobos seemed not to figure out that they didn't have to continue passing the ball around the perimeter. Boy, did they pay and kept on paying, and all the coaching staff did was send in substitutes. 10 minutes in it was desperation time with 16 turnovers by halftime. At the half, St Louis had taken 20 more shots than the Lobos. Are you kidding me? How many good shots did the Lobos take in the 1st half? Remember that unpredictable turnover machine Kendall Williams and that uncontrolled Walker? Well, they picked a helluva time to show back up. St. Louis' big man has a career day and the Lobos continue to stand around watching the ball. Nobody moving their feet. Their 7-foot center spending most of his time around the arc setting moving picks. It really looked stupid.
So in terms of momentum for New Mexico. It's stopped. There is none. Goodbye ranking for awhile. While all is not lost, the next 6 games are very tough. If the MWC is as tough as many of us think it is, then New Mexico had better wake up.
All of us MWC fans know how good is UNLV-at least in terms of potential. It will take the Lobos playing to full potential just to hang with the Runnin Rebels at Thomas & Mack. The Lobos will certainly fall back out of the rankings and I couldn't think of a more deserving team to re-evaluate their game. Alford was pretty dumb to get caught up in a tussle with the ref and get tossed. They sure had the chance to win the game after they cut it to 10 with more than 11 minutes left, then Lobo defense broke down again and the Lobos put up several horrible shots and didn't go after any balls. Lots of standing around in this game by New Mexico.
Give a good St Louis credit. I know it sounds trite, but St Louis is a very good team. If they force other teams to play into their plans, they will have a great year. We'll see how New Mexico recovers after getting their butts kicked.