1. The Pit

    The Pit

  2. VIDEO: UNM head coach throws first pitch at minor league ballpark

So much to enjoy about this video.
First, if you didn’t know it before, Albuquerque’s minor league…

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    VIDEO: UNM head coach throws first pitch at minor league ballpark

    So much to enjoy about this video.

    First, if you didn’t know it before, Albuquerque’s minor league…

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  3. NEW MEXICONew coach: Craig Neal, promoted from associate head coachOld coach: Steve Alford, hired at UCLANeal has tried to get head coaching jobs before at Colorado State and his alma mater Georgia Tech, but the best fit turned out to be in Albuquerque. Neal has worked with Alford every step of the way in rebuilding New Mexico into a perennial NCAA Tournament team. Neal’s promotion keeps together a core of Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams, which will make New Mexico a Mountain West favorite in his first season. Neal backfilled his assistant position by hiring Lamont Smith from Washington, who previously served as an assistant at Arizona State. Neal is considered a good Xs and Os coach, but it’s a mystery how this career assistant will fare as a head coach.Grade: B-plus
(via Grading the notable new college basketball coaches for 2013-14 | AthlonSports.com)

    NEW MEXICO
    New coach: Craig Neal, promoted from associate head coach
    Old coach: Steve Alford, hired at UCLA
    Neal has tried to get head coaching jobs before at Colorado State and his alma mater Georgia Tech, but the best fit turned out to be in Albuquerque. Neal has worked with Alford every step of the way in rebuilding New Mexico into a perennial NCAA Tournament team. Neal’s promotion keeps together a core of Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams, which will make New Mexico a Mountain West favorite in his first season. Neal backfilled his assistant position by hiring Lamont Smith from Washington, who previously served as an assistant at Arizona State. Neal is considered a good Xs and Os coach, but it’s a mystery how this career assistant will fare as a head coach.
    Grade: B-plus

    (via Grading the notable new college basketball coaches for 2013-14 | AthlonSports.com)

  4. “UCLA has reportedly found its replacement for former coach Ben Howland.
According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, the Bruins have come to an agreement with New Mexico coach Steve Alford on a seven-year contract worth $2.6 million per year.”
(via Steve Alford reportedly hired as next coach at UCLA | CollegeBasketballTalk)

    UCLA has reportedly found its replacement for former coach Ben Howland.

    According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, the Bruins have come to an agreement with New Mexico coach Steve Alford on a seven-year contract worth $2.6 million per year.”

    (via Steve Alford reportedly hired as next coach at UCLA | CollegeBasketballTalk)

  5. "

    I thought that coach Steve Alford and athletic director Paul Krebbs were smart to announce a new 10-year contract the day before the Lobos started their march through the NCAA. No one would complain about the big dollars because UNM was on the road to glory.

    I was wrong.

    But I won’t be wrong again. It was a lot easier to take when expectations were lower. Losing was acceptable because UNM had almost always lost when it really counted. You didn’t have visions of greatness, only to have them dashed. After the pitiful performance UNM put up against a team that doesn’t even offer scholarships, I’ve given up. Having all five starters back next season means nothing on a team that can just disappear like that. I’d be back to wondering when it would collapse, have a terrible game and lose to an inferior team again.

    No, I’ve had it. I’ve been to my last Lobo basketball game after covering the team for much of the last 33 years.

    Good-bye Lobo basketball.

    "

    Loboland.com - Longtime sportswriter says farewell

    What the actual hell kind of self-indulgent horse shit is this?

  6. "

    7. New Mexico

    The Lobos won both the regular season and tournament titles in the Mountain West, and given their performance on the court throughout the season Steve Alford’s team should be considered a serious threat to win it all. Kendall Williams and Tony Snell form one of the best backcourt tandems in the tournament, and with Hugh Greenwood and Jamal Fenton the Lobos have some depth there as well. Inside Alex Kirk’s path is similar to that of Kelly Olynyk’s as a back injury forced him to redshirt last season. They’re not a great offensive team but due to their execution and defense, New Mexico has no issue winning “ugly.”

    "

    Ten teams capable of winning the national title | CollegeBasketballTalk

  7. South Dakota State 70, No. 16 New Mexico 65: Basketball hipsters rejoice. You knew Nate Wolters had this in him before he became popular. The Jackrabbit point guard scored 28 points and dished out seven assists as his Summit League team handed the Lobos their first loss of the season, and did it in the Pit. Wolters’ passes found ready and willing accomplices, as three other Jacks broke into double figures. The visiting team led for 37 minutes straight and held onto the unlikely lead until the end.
(via Late Afternoon Snacks: Wolters pantses Lobos in The Pit | CollegeBasketballTalk)

    South Dakota State 70, No. 16 New Mexico 65: Basketball hipsters rejoice. You knew Nate Wolters had this in him before he became popular. The Jackrabbit point guard scored 28 points and dished out seven assists as his Summit League team handed the Lobos their first loss of the season, and did it in the Pit. Wolters’ passes found ready and willing accomplices, as three other Jacks broke into double figures. The visiting team led for 37 minutes straight and held onto the unlikely lead until the end.

    (via Late Afternoon Snacks: Wolters pantses Lobos in The Pit | CollegeBasketballTalk)

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    HIGHLIGHTS: George Mason vs New Mexico in the Paradise Jam

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