Rankings: New Mexico (NR), Boston College (NR)
Day & Time: Thursday, November 20, 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Arena: Coliseo de Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Line: BC +5.5
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3
Announcers: Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play), LaPhonso Ellis (analyst)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, bceagles.com
Radio Announcers: Matt Chazanow (play-by-play), Danya Abrams (analyst)
New Mexico News: Mountain West Connection
All-Time Series: 1-0, New Mexico
Streak: 1, New Mexico (obvi)
Only Meeting: New Mexico 75, Boston College 57 in Anaheim, Calif. (November 27, 2011, 76 Classic)
Common Opponents: USC Trojans
Notable Alumni: Michael Cooper, Danny Granger, Brian Urlacher
Head Coaches: BC: Jim Christian (1st year, 1-1); New Mexico: Craig Neal (2nd Year, 29-7)
Last Year: The Lobos went 27-7 overall, finishing second in the Mountain West. Lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Stanford.
Last Game: Boston College lost to UMass 71-62. The Lobos knocked off Call State-Fullerton, 67-59, on Sunday.
He's a Dude: Cullen Neal. Neal is a stud on the offensive end. He can stroke it from three and his 6-foot-4 size allows him to get into the paint and finish at the hoop. Not only is he tremendous talent, but he is a coach's son. Actually, he's THE coach's son. In Craig Neal's second season at the helm look for him to lean heavily on his boy.
Fun Fact: While BC has only faced New Mexico once in program history, Jim Christian has faced the Lobos eight times and is just 1-7 in those games.
Analysis and Prediction: Unless the Eagles are playing Duke or UNC you're not going to see me bet against BC. With that being said, I do think that New Mexico is a more talented, well-rounded team at this point in the season. If the above mentioned Cullen Neal plays up to his standards, the Eagles with have a tough time containing him. In addition to Neal, the Lobos boast a couple other talented players in Hugh Greenwood and massive 7-foot-1 Obij Aget. Greenwood is a do it all type player that, quite frankly, reminds me of a poor man's Ron Baker. Aget on the other hand offers one thing, his size. If the Eagles hope to compete they are going to need to hit the glass hard and box out the Lobos gigantic sophomore. As I said earlier I'm not going to bet against my Eagles, so I have BC winning 65-60.