Red Tape: Utah Utes

Lobs look for an important game in Salt Lake City.

                             Utah                      New Mexico      Edge      Margin

Records                             8-10 (1-3)             13-5 (1-2)           UNM

Points Per Game              70.7                        75.7                   UNM     5.0

Opp. Points Per Game    71.8                        65.2                    UNM     6.6

Scoring Margin                   -1.1                        +10.6                 UNM     11.7

Field Goal Pct.                   .430                       .476                    UNM     .046

Opp. Field Goal Pct.        .422                        .402                    UNM     .020

3-Point FG Pct.                 .329                        .366                    UNM     .047

Opp. 3-Point FG Pct.       .362                        .315                    UNM     .047

Free Throw Pct.                .721                        .689                    Utah      .032

Rebounds Per Game      37.4                        37.4                   even --

Opp. Rebounds Per        34.6                        32.1                    UNM     2.5


Rebounding Margin        +2.9                       +5.3                     UNM     2.4

Assists Per Game             9.9                        16.2                    UNM     6.3

Turnovers Per Game      14.2                        13.4                    UNM     0.8

Turnover Margin              -3.1                        +1.2                      UNM     4.3

Assist/Turnover Ratio    0.7                          1.2                        UNM     0.5

Blocks Per Game              5.2                          3.7                     Utah      1.5

Steals Per Game               4.9                          6.7                     UNM     1.8


The New Mexico Lobos hold a statistical advantage over the Utah Utes in almost all categories except free throw shooting and blocked shots per game. 

One thing to remember is that Utah has what UNM doesn't, a win in Wyoming.  Historically the Lobos have not done well in the Huntsman Center having an all-time record of 7-52.  However, the Lobos are 2-1 under Coach Alford in Salt Lake City, winning for the first time in 18 games in Alford's first season.  The Lobos also have a 3 game winning streak in all games against Utah.

Be prepared to congratulate Dairese Gary on becoming the all-time MWC career assists leader if he can make two assists against Utah.  It will give him 480 for his career and will pass San Diego State's Richie Williams who has the record of 479. 

Utah's two leading scorers are:

 Wing Will Clyburn averaging 19.3 points per game

Guard Josh Watkins, averaging 14.9 points per game. 

They also have the league leading shot blocker in 7'-3" center David Foster.

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