Broncos in love with Lobos, and vice versa ... sorta

Broncos in love with Lobos, and vice versa ... sorta »Play Video
Boise State's Derrick Marks listens to coach Leon Rice in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Marks scored 35 points in Boise State's 83-70 win. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik). (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - When the New Mexico Lobos come to town Wednesday night, it's not just their record (15-2) that has Bronco Nation worried. Not even their number 19 ranking in the latest AP poll. It's that pesky team that comes along with those accolades.

"I think they've just got a nice mix of everything. You know, they've got size, they've got shooting, they've got quickness, they play really smart. You know, they're well coached, there's not a lot of holes in what they do, and there's a reason they're ... when you're 19, when you're the 19th ranked team in the country in January, you've done a lot of things to earn it," said Boise State head coach Leon Rice.

"We're gonna have to be scrappy with 'em and get every lose ball because they're gonna be taller than us, and probably get more rebounds up higher. To our advantage, we're gonna have to play fast and just kind of make 'em work with a lot of ball screens. But it'll be an interesting game, it's kind of two different styles going against each other so we'll see who comes on top," said junior guard Jeff Elorriaga.

If you listen to New Mexico head coach Steve Alford, the Lobos reciprocate the affection in this conference crush. That being said, he's noticed a few shortcomings ... emphasis on the short part.

"They're not a big team, they're not an overly physical team, they just play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. So that can worry you a little bit, because our guys, I think, do that as well. But anytime you play in somebody's home and they haven't lost, and they play with that kind of energy and enthusiasm ... the 50-50 balls, all those little things, taking the charges, the deflections ... you've gotta win those special teams games especially when you're on the road," said Alford.

Tip time at Taco Bell Arena is 7 pm (MTN) Wednesday night, and remember the Broncos want you to be part of the Orange Out. You can watch this Mountain West melee live on Root Sports, and listen to it on KBOI 670 AM.