I spent some time talking with Geoff Grammar of the Albuquerque Journal, and he gave me a quick scouting report for the Lobos. In short, they seem very similar to UConn.
New Mexico (3-0) enters the championship game following a thrilling 70-69 win over George Mason in the semifinals. (if you UConn’s was exciting, you should have seen this one).
Some notes on the Lobos:
*New Mexico’s two best players — Kendall Williams and Tony Snell — are guards. Snell, a long 6-foot-7, scored a career-high 27, including the game-winner, versus George Mason. He’s averaging 19.7 points for the season.
*The Lobos often play four guards. Their center, 7-foot Alex Kirk, is a face-up player, which bodes well for Tyler Olander and DeAndre Daniels. Now a senior, Kirk was a top 100 prospect out of high school.
*The only meeting between UConn and New Mexico was in the 1999 NCAA tournament. The Huskies, seeded third, toppled the Lobos in the second round and went on to win the first of three national championships.