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Colorado State Vs. New Mexico: Rams Can Not Afford A Late Season Loss

The Colorado St. Rams host the New Mexico Lobos Saturday night and this one can easily be summed up as an elimination game for both squads. Both teams are on the bubble -- with Colorado State having the edge -- to make the tournament and neither can afford a loss this late in the season. The Lobos have already beaten the Rams at the Pit earlier this year and with the Rams having this past Wednesday off they will be fresh when they take on the Lobos.

A key matchup in today's game will be how the Rams defend Lobos forward Drew Gordon and guard Phillip McDonald, who scored 27 points in their previous matchup. Adam Nigon will need to do a better job when guarding McDonald, particularly if injured Wes Eikmeier is unable to play.

New Mexico seems to have finally found their game and are playing up to the level that everyone thought they would in the preseason. After a three-game losing streak, the Lobos are currently riding a four-game winning streak that is the second longest of the season and includes a win over BYU.

Expect a close matchup in this game since the last time the two teams met the Lobos won, 68-61, and in tonight's game Colorado State is also favored by a mere two-points.