The University of New Mexico men's basketball team got off to a good start on its three-game trip away from home, but went sideways in a hurry en route to getting thumped by New Mexico State and St. Mary's.

New Mexico (4-3) will hope to right the ship now that it is back in the friendly confines of Dreamstyle Arena aka The Pit, hosting the Colorado Buffaloes in the first of a four-game home stand.

But it doesn't look like things will be easy, as Colorado will enter the matchup riding a five-game winning streak and are 7-1 overall. Four of those five wins have been by a double-digit margin, though the level of competition arguably hasn't been great.



Historically, the teams are even in the head-to-head meetings, with each school winning seven games in the overall series. Colorado won the last time the teams faced each other, taking down the Lobos 75-57 in Boulder last season.

The status of UNM junior Corey Manigault still seems to be up in the air. He sat the second half of the New Mexico State game and did not play in the game against St. Mary's. The Lobos lost both games.

Colorado has three players that have averaged double figures in scoring so far this season, heading up by McKinley Wright's 15.1 points per game, while Lucas Siewart and Tyler Bey are both putting up 12.1 points.

The Lobos also have a trio of scorers with double-digit averages. Anthony Mathis is the leading scorer at 14.0 points per game, followed by Manigault with 12.8 and Vance Jackson's 12.4 points per contest.

Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and can also be heard on 770 KKOB.

Robert Maler is the sports editor for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers basketball and baseball and contributes content for various other sports as well. He can be contacted at sports@dailylobo.com or on Twitter @Robert_Maler.