The New Mexico Lobos entered Saturday afternoon’s Mountain West tournament championship game against the UNLV Rebels as the No. 15 team in the nation and the clear favorites to take home the title and they did not let anyone down.
New Mexico took down UNLV at the Thomas and Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada by a score of 63-56. The Lobos advanced to 29-5, while UNLV fell to 25-9.
The Lobos were led by guard Tony Snell, who scored 21 points to go with three assists and a rebound. Not only did he lead New Mexico in scoring, but he was the games top scorer as well. Bryce Dejean-Jones led UNLV with 19.
Both New Mexico and UNLV will comfortably make the tournament, so they can sit back and relax while other teams are sweating it out leading to the announcement of the full 2013 tournament field.
New Mexico is the higher ranked of the two teams and should come in at a No. 3 seed, while UNLV is set up as a No. 5 seed. Of course, we will find out how accuracte the speculation is tomorrow evening.
The speculation is nice, but the complete field of tournament participants will be announced on Selection Sunday less than twenty four hours from now once the selection committee sorts through all of the resume.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout championship week as we keep you up to date with the latest conference champions and teams that earn automatic bids into the 2013 NCAA tournament field.