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Lobo basketball 2018-19 non-conference opponent team capsules

Editor’s note: This is the last in an 11-part series previewing UNM men’s basketball opponents for the coming season. The series includes features and capsules on all Mountain West opponents and concludes today with capsules for every nonconference opponent. To see all team capsules, previews and articles, CLICK HERE.


One year ago, the Lobos stumbled out of the gates to a 3-8 start and finished a dismal 5-8 overall in non-conference games.

That included going 0-5 in games away from Dreamstyle Arena ­— the Pit (0-3 in true road games and 0-2 in neutral court games).

This season, the UNM men’s basketball team has a 12-game nonconference game slate, plus one home exhibition game the team didn’t have last year, before the 18-game Mountain West schedule tips off. Again, five non-conference games will be away from the Pit — one Tuesday at Cal. State Northridge, one at New Mexico State, one at Bradley, one in Los Angeles against Saint Mary’s and one Dec. 30 in Hobbs against NAIA opponent University of the Southwest.

Here are capsules for all of the Lobos’ nonconference opponents this season with date and location of the game, conference affiliation, the team’s preseason ranking in their conference, last season’s record and last season’s KenPom and RPI computer rankings:

Cal State-Northridge
Date/location: Tuesday, Northridge, Calif.
Conference: Big West
Preseason poll: 9 of 9
2017-18 record: 6-24
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 330/340

Northern N.M. (exhibition)
Date, location: Saturday, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Conference: Assoc. of Independent Institutions
Preseason poll: n/a
2017-18 record: 5-23
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: n/a for NAIA schools

Iona
Date/location: Nov. 13, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Preseason poll: 2 of 11
2017-18 record: 20-14
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 137/109

New Mexico State
Date/location: Nov. 17, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit; Dec. 4, Las Cruces
Conference: Western Athletic Conference
Preseason poll: 1 of 9
2017-18 record: 28-6
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 60/47

UTEP
Date/location: Nov. 24, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Conference: Conference USA
Preseason poll: 11 of 14
2017-18 record: 11-20
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 240/289

Bradley
Date/location: Dec. 1, Peoria, Ill.
Conference: Missouri Valley Conference
Preseason poll: 4 of 10
2017-18 record: 20-13
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 124/106

Saint Mary’s
Date/location: Dec. 7, Los Angels
Conference: West Coast Conference
Preseason poll: 2 of 10
2017-18 record: 30-6
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 32/46

Colorado
Date/location: Dec. 11, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Conference: Pac 12
Preseason poll: 7 of 12
2017-18 record: 17-15
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 114/84

Central Arkansas
Date/location: Dec. 16, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Conference: Southland Conference
Preseason poll: 8 of 13
2017-18 record: 18-17
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 213/220

North Texas
Date/location: Dec. 18, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Conference: Conference USA
Preseason poll: 4 of 14
2017-18 record: 20-18
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 146/188

Penn
Date/location: Dec. 22, Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit
Conference: Ivy League
Preseason poll: 2 of 8
2017-18 record: 24-9
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: 125/113

University of the Southwest (NAIA)
Date/location: Dec. 30, Hobbs
Conference: Red River Athletic Conference
Preseason poll: n/a
2017-18 record: 13-18
2017-18 KenPom/RPI: n/a for NAIA program

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