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Emptying the Notebook: Lobos upset No. 6 Nevada

Not everything fits into print. Here are some extra notes, quotes, tweets, videos, stats and whatever else I could find in the old notebook after Saturday’s 85-58 Lobos win over No. 6 Nevada in Dreamstyle Arena – the Pit:

Vance Jackson had himself a game, again

Quietly, Vance Jackson has become a pretty big cog in the Lobos machine of late.

While he was voted preseason Mountain West Newcomer of the Year, the UConn transfer hasn’t blown people away yet this season. But it’s hard to ignore his stat-stuffing contributions most games.

In Saturday’s win over No. 6 Nevada, Jackson’s stat-stuffing line was: 28 minutes, 18 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.

And his play was, more than once, was what brought the Pit crowd to its feet.

“That feeling was amazing,” Jackson said. “Words can’t even explain it. You have to come to New Mexico to play in the Pit to have that feeling.”

For Jackson’s past three games, here are his averages: 25.3 minutes/game, 16.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 76.9 percent shooting on 2-pointers (10-of-13) and 38.1 percent shooting on 3-pointers (8-of-21).

Here are a pair of video highlights from Saturday’s game of Jackson:

The gamer…

Here’s the gamer I filed from the Pit after Saturday’s game:

A number to know: 6

The Lobos defense has held six consecutive opponents (five Division I opponents) under those teams’ season scoring average:
• Central Arkansas: 70 (70.9)
• North Texas: 74 (77.6)
• Penn: 75 (76.5)
• NAIA USW: 47 (76.5)
• Air Force: 58 (67.2)
• Nevada: 58 (82.0)

Not that shot blocking has been a huge part of that trend, but here’s a video of a shot block anyway since, well, since I found one to link to:

A Nevada number to know: 10

The Lobos out-rebounded Nevada by 10 on Saturday, 47-37. That is the most any opponent has out-rebounded Nevada by in a game this season.

For the Wolf Pack, who won the rebounding battle in its first eight games and in nine of its first 10 games, Saturday marked the fifth consecutive game its opponent won the battle of the boards.

So, about those jerseys…

As part of the night’s “We are New Mexico” theme, and less than one week after the nonconference finale played in Ralph Tasker Arena in Hobbs as a part of a statewide embrace the state sort of campaign the program is on, the Lobos wore special yellow state flag themed jerseys on Saturday.

Said Lobo senior Anthony Mathis of his thoughts on the jerseys after the game: “Amazing. Obviously we won in them so I want to wear them every game for now on.”

Other than the numbers being hard to read from the stands or on TV, most seemed to really like the jerseys.

Here are the results of an in-game Twitter poll (as scientific as a poll can get) asking fans their thoughts on the jerseys with several leaving comments in the replies section of the poll about how they felt about the jerseys:


The announced attendance for Saturday’s game in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit: 12,702

The rematch

For those wondering, the return game will be UNM at Nevada on Feb. 9 in Reno. 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT. That game will be televised on CBS Sports Network, and I’m guessing that game is few more tickets closer to a sell out at Lawlor Events Center after Saturday’s outcome.

Up next

For the Lobos, up next is another Nevada visitor and another nationally-televised game. UNLV plays the Lobos in the Pit on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN2.

For Nevada, the Wolf Pack hots San Jose State on Wednesday in Reno.

Meanwhile, in Reno…

It was a double win day for Lobo hoops.

Here was the write up from the Journal:

Following from afar

In addition to many former Lobo players who chimed in after the game with well wishes, current Lobos assistant Jerome Robinson also posted his thoughts on Twitter after the game. The assistant couldn’t attend due to a family matter back home in Canada.

Meanwhile, in Boise…

The top three teams in the preseason Mountain West poll were No. 1 Nevada, No. 2 San Diego State, No. 3 New Mexico and No. 4 Boise State.

So, considering the top four teams played each other, with the two who got all the first place votes (Nevada 18, SDSU 1) on the road, it a night of a couple of potentially great games, right?


… and …

Around the Mountain

There was a full slate of five Mountain West games on Saturday. Here are the Saturday scores and the league standings to follow:

• New Mexico 85, No. 6 Nevada 58
• Utah State 79, Air Force 62
• UNLV 68, Wyoming 56
• Fresno State 78, Colorado State 67
• Boise State 88, San Diego State 64

Mountain West Standings through Saturday:
2-0 Boise State
2-0 Fresno State
2-0 New Mexico
2-0 UNLV
1-1 Nevada
1-1 Utah State
0-1 SDSU
0-1 SJSU
0-2 Air Force
0-2 Colorado State
0-2 Wyoming

How ’bout them ‘Topes?

Even the Albuquerque Isotopes got a piece of the action on Saturday night:

Another Nevada number to know: 31.0

Nevada senior forward Jordan Caroline’s career scoring average in the Pit dropped to 31.0 on Saturday night.

He scored 17 points on Saturday and had 45, a Pit opponent scoring record, on Jan. 7, 2017.

Caroline is probably the best player in the Mountain West over the past three years, though he hasn’t won the MWC Player of the Year (he could have had a vote or two and nobody would have complained the previous two seasons). And he’s been good against the Lobos. But UNM also had four blocked shots on Caroline on Saturday and forced him into five turnovers.

Postgame interview video

Lobos head coach Paul Weir, senior guard Anthony Mathis and sophomore wing Vance Jackson talked to reporters after Saturday’s game. Here’s the video I took of that, as posted to the Journal’s Facebook page:

The Mayor (Tim Keller, not Fred Hoiberg)

Saturday’s game brought out the politicos, too.

Plus/minus stats

Here are the plus/minus stats for the Lobos on Saturday with minutes played in parenthesis:

+33 Anthony Mathis (34:40)
+27 Vance Jackson (28:32)
+24 Dane Kuiper (31:47)
+19 Makuach Maluach (33:17)
+16 Vladimir Pinchuk (14:40)
+14 Carlton Bragg (31:49)
+8 Karim Ezzeddine (4:52)
0 Corey Manigault (15:03)
-1 Keith McGee (2:01)
-5 Drue Drinnon (3:19)

Final stat sheet

Here is the final, surprisingly lopsided, stat sheet from Saturday’s game:

A couple notes from KenPom

The best site in college basketball is A couple tweets from the man behind the site as they relate to Saturday’s game.

And for those scoring at home, the game dropped Nevada from No. 6 KenPom to No. 15. For the Lobos, it moved UNM up from 184 to 145.

Grammer’s Guesses

OK, so my daughter got bragging rights last season, and even on Wednesday when she beat me on opening night of Mountain West Conference hoops play. But not on Saturday.

The Guesses go 5-0 against the Vegas point spread, making my picks 7-3 on the season. My daughter’s #TeamCoin coin flip picks were just 1-4 on Saturday and now 4-6 on the season.

What did the fans say?

I saved this for the end because, well, what better way to wrap up coverage of THAT game than with what that fans themselves had to say about it on Twitter.

I could post 100 of these, but I’ll keep it at this random batch for now with some people pointing out it felt like a special day for Lobo fans even before the game…

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