Is it deep run time for the Lobos

March 18th, 2013 at 3:47 pm by under Sports

It seems like New Mexico basketball fans can smell it. The aroma of a sweet 16 appearance or better by their Lobos appear to be in the air.

The Lobos will head into the NCAA Tournament as a 3 seed facing a 14 seed in the Harvard Crimson. Like the Lobos, Harvard won it’s regular season league title. Unlike the Lobos the Crimson is not undefeated against ranked opponents.

The Lobos have been tough away from The Pit with a 14 and 4 record. They are 9 and 4 on the road and 5 and 0 at neutral sites. You could also argue that this season the Lobos are built for a deep run into the tournament.

The talent runs deep on this team and for many games there was a different player leading the team each night. Since Steve Alford inserted Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk into the lineup at the same time, the Lobos have been on even more of a roll.

The presence of the two big guys have helped enhance the Lobos stifling defense. There have been many games where the Lobos have gone on a scoring drought. Their defense has kept them in those games and in most cases helped them to win.

While winning their second straight Mountain West Tournament title, the regular season champs turned up the heat defensively. It didn’t hurt that Tony Snell caught fire on the offensive side of the ball.

We can’t forget Lobo fans.

They too are responsible for the success that coach Alford is enjoying with his 10th ranked club. Lobo fans outnumbered UNLV fans in Las Vegas and are ready to make a splash at the NCAA Tournament.

The Lobos allotment for tickets sold out an hour after they were released. Another 4,000 available tickets, opened up in the upper bowl of the arena that houses the Utah Jazz, were reduced to only 250 in less than 24 hours.

Don’t worry Lobo fans, if you are not going to the game it will be televised. You just have to find the right channel.

The Lobos will play Harvard on TNT Thursday. That game has a 7:50 pm start time.

The Lobos will be on KRQE, if they reach the Elite Eight. Before that, you have to catch them on the other networks partnered with CBS for the NCAA Tournament.

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