NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know New Mexico

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Conference: Mountain West

Coach: Steve Alford

Record: 29-5

Rankings and Ratings:

– Kenpom: 16
– RPI: 2
– AP/USA Today: 15/14

Seeding?: Our Dave Ommen had New Mexico as a No. 2 seed playing dangerous Iowa State in Saturday’s bracket projection.

Names you need to know: Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg, 5.0 apg), Alex Kirk (12.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Tony Snell (12.4 ppg, 38% from deep)

Stats you need to know: 2. Number of times the Lobos play in-state rivals New Mexico State even though they don’t have to. This year, Alford’s boys won both meetings.

How’d they get here?: The Lobos handled a tough UNLV team 63-56 to claim a hard-fought Mountain West title.

Outlook: With a quality backcourt, Alex Kirk in the blocks, and a good supporting cast, the Lobos can easily make the Elite Eight, if not the Final Four.

How do I know you?: Behind the Big Three of Williams, Snell and Kirk stands 6’9″ Aussie Cameron Bairstow. The 250-lb. junior is capable of getting a double-double every night, and should be a crucial part of any postseason run the Lobos make.

Eric is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.