They're the hottest team in the West.
They're notoriously tough against Fort Lewis College.
DJ Nicholas was honored this week with his second consecutive and third overall Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division Player of the Week honor.
Devin Stewart is a preseason All-West team pick and has accumulated five double-doubles this season.
"They're an athletic team, and they're really going to give us problems," FLC men's basketball coach Bob Hofman said of Western New Mexico.
"They're playing with a lot of confidence right now."
Western New Mexico has won four in a row and five of its last six games, its only loss more than a fortnight ago against Metro State, the best team in the conference and owner of a five-game win streak.
Inside the RMAC, the Cowboys have lassoed Regis, Chadron State, Nebraska-Kearney and Adams State during their streak, three of the four on the road.
They'll try and match Metro's five-spot in an 8 p.m. game today against FLC at Whalen Gymnasium, the second game of a women/men doubleheader.
"For us, we just need to get better defensively," Hofman said. "We are a tough team to guard; there's no way around that. If we can guard as well as we can score, then we'll be alright."
Fort Lewis has won nine of its last 10 games and is tied for first in the West at
6-2, two games ahead of Western New Mexico.
Fort Lewis (15-4) slipped at Colorado Christian last Saturday with a three-point loss.
Western New Mexico has climbed to
4-4 in the RMAC and 8-8 overall, but for all its recent success, never has been successful in Durango.
Since its rookie season in the conference in 2006-07, Western New Mexico is 2-0 against FLC in Silver City, N.M., 0-2 in Durango and 0-1 on neutral sites.
"Still, we are very much a work in progress," said Hofman, who called his defense "spotty at best."
"We have so much room to improve."
Believe it or not, so do the FLC women.
Despite the Skyhawks' 26-1 record inside conference play since the start of last season, this year's basketball team has proven mortal during regular-season play.
As evidenced by their one-point, come-from-behind victory in the final seconds Tuesday night against Adams State in Alamosa.
Fort Lewis, which finished its second consecutive season undefeated against the East, will proceed with the West at 6 p.m. today against Western New Mexico.
Fort Lewis is 8-0 in the RMAC, 15-1 overall, has won 12 in a row and is ranked sixth in the country.
Western New Mexico is 3-5 in the RMAC, 5-11 overall and is coming off a 26-point loss Thursday to Adams State in Alamosa.