Kendall Williams is one of the main reasons New Mexico is a favorite to win the Mountain West title, but coach Steve Alford hopes the talented junior guard can overcome his disciplinary issues.
Williams returns from a one-game benching Wednesday night as the 19th-ranked Lobos visit a surprising Boise State team reinstating three players of its own.
After Williams, who averages team highs of 14.6 points and 4.6 assists, showed up late to a team meeting Friday, Alford had enough. It was the third time Williams had failed to arrive on time for either games, meetings or practices this season.
Alford decided to sit him for all of Saturday's 72-45 victory over Fresno State. Williams had missed only one other game during his 2 1/2 years with the program.
"I did the benching in minutes and this was a benching for a game," Alford said. "He has to learn. He has to learn this is a team game and a team meeting is a team meeting.
"When you're dealing with 18- to 22-year olds, frustration is...