Critical But Not Cruel

Been a tough second half of the MWC season for Craig Neal and the Lobos as they suffer their 6th loss in a row. Most ever since the early 70's.

Okay so I'm going to talk about the game a little bit... Going to not use an acidic tongue, but just give some opinions. They aren't going to be positive... But like I told a guy on Twitter today words like "suck" just won't fly...

Okay here it goes...

Recruiting means everything in college athletics. And our recruiting has not been on par with UNLV or SDSU for awhile now... I know we have been dominant with some of the guys we have had and UNLV has been a horrible team for awhile... But the athleticism of UNLV and SDSU far surpasses what we put on the court.
Sam Logwood

Our JUCO recruiting has been really bad under Neal. You know the roster Lobo Nation so I'm not going to call the JUCO's out by name. I know it is hard to go JUCO route, but our JUCO's just haven't panned out at all. They aren't bad guys, they just don't fit in well... But if you look even when Alford was here our JUCO's were never great other than say Hobson...

I don't know what it is about this team but I have never seen a team be afraid to shoot. I've seen players defer to upperclassmen before, but this team is literally terrified to hoist the rock up. I haven't seen so many untried open looks ever. I don't know if it they lack confidence or they are afraid of being pulled if they miss, but they don't even look at the basket...

Okay, this is going to be harsh, but it has to be asked. Who has gotten better as the season has progressed? The only one that I think has gotten better is Obij Aget. I like Sam Logwood's game, but he seems to be at around the same level he was at the start of the season... He is getting more playing time which has equated to more points, but tonight he was indecisive, had that same look of "I don't want to screw up and shoot" look that the entire Lobo roster suffer from... I would like to see Xavier Adams with more playing time as I think he has the confidence, just doesn't get enough time on the court to let it show.

So really the only dude that looks to have gotten any better as the season has progressed is Obij Aget. I thought he looked comfortable and confident out there both offensively and defensively...

Obij Aget 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks


Once again our 2-3 zone was horrific and let's not act like UNLV is a great 3 point shooting team they aren't... The one kid that kept knifing the Lobos is like a 23% 3 point shooter... But he shot and shot well... Interestingly enough SDSU another poor shooting team was able to score at will on the Lobos as well. I like that Neal tried some pressure at times and switched man to man a little and that threw off UNLV for a bit... Think he should do more of that, because once again guards were able to cruise to the basket with ease vs UNM's 2-3 zone.

Officiating. Now I don't complain about officiating and I'm not going to here as well... But wow the Lobos don't put any pressure on the officials to put them on the line. The majority of the Lobos shots seem to be off balanced mid range oir 3 point shots that are going away from both basket and defender. Very rarely do you see players try to lean in and draw a foul. Under Alford I think I saw a lot more of using the free throw line as a scoring tool.

Was really proud of Lobo fans tonight... From the TV I didn't hear any boos and it seemed like the majority took Steve Fisher's advice and hung in there the entire game. Even though this game in my opinion wasn't in doubt at halftime. Sad to say UNLV out hustled and out worked the Lobos tonight. UNM goes on the road to Boise Tuesday... Hopefully getting away from Wise Pies helps. photos courteys of GoLobos.com

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