University of New Mexico senior guard Hugh Greenwood got to see the ugly side of social media before he and his Lobo teammates took the court against UNLV Wednesday night. In an attempt to perhaps rattle Greenwood a twitter troll tweeted an ugly comment about Greenwood’s mother who is battling cancer . The tweet only fueled Greenwood’s basketball fire as he knocked down six three point shots and scored 22 points in a 71 to 69 Lobos victory. It is truly sad that someone would make fun of a person battling cancer. Who would do such a thing? Who is starving for attention no matter what kind or at what cost. The culprit is not a person who needs our insults but, our help. On the twitter page of this person was tweet after tweet of poisonous language. To operate in such a manner must be deep misery. This is a person who needs to have his life wounds loved away. Whoever that person is, who was so starved for attention that they resorted to making fun of cancer, we have all heard you. While we are disgusted, we also feel bad for you.
University of New Mexico starting point guard Cullen Neal will miss 3 to 5 weeks with a severe ankle sprain. The good news for Neal is that the injury will not require surgery. Neal sprained his ankle while landing on a players foot in a loss to Boston College at the Puerto Rico Tip Off Tournament last week.
Craig Neal’s Lobos started their season with a 79 to 55 victory over Idaho State Friday night. The Lobos started fast and never looked back. Sophomore guard Cullen Neal led the Lobos in scoring with 26 points. Senior guard Deshawn Delaney chipped in 12 points while sophomore center Obij Aget had a double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Hugh Greenwood had 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Eleven Lobos scored in the game, including juco transfer Jordan Goodman who picked his first minutes as a Lobo, The Lobos held the Bengals to 33.9 percent shooting. The lobos host Cal State Fullerton Sunday.
On a regional level it makes a lot of sense. The Albuquerque Isotopes are expected to announce Wednesday that they are the new Triple A affiliate for the Colorado Rockies. That is according to a baseball source in Colorado Springs. The Isotopes run with the Los Angeles Dodgers ended Tuesday after a six year run. Prior to that the Isotopes served as the Triple A affiliate of the Florida Marlins. The Isotopes have called a press conference for 2:30 Wednesday.
Craig Neal said the entire time that he wanted to be at New Mexico. The school helped their men’s basketball coach take another step in that direction by announcing a new 6 year 5.7 million dollar deal for Neal Monday that will keep him through the 2020 season. There is a million dollar buyout should either side decide to part ways early. That doesn’t seem likely at the moment. Neal is well connected in the community and has two children at UNM, including one playing for him in son Cullen. When Bobby Knight went to Indiana back in the day, it was for a long stay. With Neal being from Indiana, I asked him if his Lobo job was his Indiana. He answered by emphasizing once again how he wanted the New Mexico job to be a long stay. If his first season is any indication of what Lobo fans can expect, the best is yet to come. Neal led the Lobos to an unprecedented third straight Mountain West Tournament title in his first season and 27 wins. Neal is continuing what he and UCLA coach Steve Alford started at New Mexico. Outright conference titles and tournament titles have become the norm. Neal was the choice of the Lobo basketball community when Alford departed. He reminded everyone in attendance at his contract press conference how the community had a hand in his hiring. He also reminded all that it is the passion of the Lobo Nation that has made his job worthy of a permanent destination.