The New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team will travel north on Wednesday night to take on a Pac-12 opponent in the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder, Colorado.
The Buffs (6-1) started the season by winning six straight before finally losing their first game of the season on Saturday to Colorado State in their annual rivalry game.
The Buffs are lead by head coach Tad Boyle, who is in his 8th season with the program. Boyle has overseen one of the most successful stretches in program history, going 155-96 in his time in Boulder.
CU freshman guard McKinley Wright IV has been a big part of the team's success, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game, both team bests.
The Lobos (3-5) are coming off of a 76-88 loss to UTEP in El Paso, but managed to split the week with a 78-59 win over Evansville on Nov. 29.
A win over the Buffs would give New Mexico it’s first road win of the season. This is the 14th matchup between the two schools, and the first since 2010, when the Lobos took a 89-76 victory. UNM has won three straight in the series, and holds a 7-6 advantage overall.
Prior to the Colorado State game, Colorado announced that senior forward Tory Miller-Stewart would miss an indefinite amount of time following a foot injury he suffered in practice.
Miller-Stewart had been starting at center for the Buffs prior to the injury. In his place, the Buffs are relying on seven-foot freshman Dallas Walton. The absence of Miller-Stewart proved costly for CU, as Colorado State was able to dominate the Buffs on the board, 46-32.
Much like the Lobos, Colorado tends to play small. In all seven games so far this season, the Buffs have started a four guard lineup with six foot six guard George King starting in what is traditionally the power forward spot.
In addition to being broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network, the radio broadcast will be available on 770 KKOB-AM as well as 94.5 FM. The two teams will square off at the Coors Events Center at 7 p.m.
Cameron Goeldner is a freelance sports reporter and photographer for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers men's soccer, but also contributes content for baseball, basketball, football and track and field. He can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter @goeldfinger.