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Lobos Head On Road to UNLV, San Diego State

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Lobos have their final two road conference games, taking on UNLV on Thursday at 1 pm and at San Diego State on Saturday at noon.

New Mexico is tied for second place at 2-1 (tied with Utah State) and the squad is just a half a game behind idle Nevada, which is 3-1.  UNLV is 11-10 on the year and 1-2 in the Mountain West while San Diego State is 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the league as well.

Only the regular season champion earns an opening round bye in the Mountain West Tournament, and while UNM doesn’t have a tiebreaker with Nevada currently, Only UNM, Utah State and Nevada have just one loss.  UNM is coming off a dominant 4-0 win over Boise State after a 4-2 loss to Nevada that saw plenty of matches settled with tiebreakers.

UNLV and San Diego State just played each other last week, with UNLV edging the Aztecs 4-3.  UNLV’s other match last weekend was to Boise State, a 4-2 loss.  San Diego State lost both the UNLV and Utah State by 4-3 scores.

Should UNM get both road matches this week, it could set up a showdown in the regular season finale of April 23 as UNM or Utah State could clinch a share of a Mountain West regular season title.  Last year UNM swept the San Diego State/UNLV weekend at home to set up its second straight Mountain West title.