6:00 PM ET, March 16, 2013
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
LAS VEGAS -- Steve Alford still had the net around his neck when the lobbying began for his New Mexico Lobos.No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference, for sure. But how about a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?
Around The NCAA Tournament
MVP: Tony Snell. The junior scored 21 points, including 13 in the decisive final eight minutes. He was close to a one-man show during that stretch, and the Lobos certainly weren't complaining.
X factor: UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett was a beast at the start of the game and still finished with a double-double, but he faded badly down the stretch, jacking up unnecessary 3s (1-of-7) for a team that was just 9-of-31 (29 percent) from deep.
That was...fun: As always with these two. The players don't like each other and the fans don't like each other and that makes for a hell of a show with a title on the line. Especially with thousands of delirious Lobo fans in UNLV's home arena, mocking their rival's "Reeeeebels" chant at the end of the game.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-59 (.339)||23-50 (.460)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-31 (.290)||9-19 (.474)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-11 (.636)||8-13 (.615)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|