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Man, that bracket is just opening up for you.
New Mexico is Fucking Awesome!!! LOL!!!!
....Which scares me...
Am I missing something?
We're currently afraid of Iona.
I feel the same way about those who are promoting Gonzaga, a team who lost to the only two decent teams they played all year--Butler and Illinois--not exactly powerhouses by any means. Can't wait to see them exit!
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by bucksnnuts2 13 months ago
This thread was started before the tournament, when a lot of "experts" were picking New Mexico to win this bracket (which included predictions of beating Ohio State). New Mexico then went out and lost its first round matchup to Harvard.
Kid Columbus: Keeping the street of Columbus safe from Wolverines since 1998!
And now, we proceed to laugh hysterically at Steve Alford.
If Alford keeps this up he's going to find himself bumped down to coaching an SEC school that is not Kentucky or Fla....
I'm just glad we didn't have to play the pack of Nerds from the Buffalo Wild Wings commercial. Now those dudes were scary with their ultra white legs and pointy elbows....
Oops...82d will be along shortly to point out I was making fun of nerds and labeling me a racist...
watch your tone young blood
I visited a New Mexico forum (not on 247) to see what they had to say for themselves and instead found nothing but Iowa fans laughing at them for buying into the Alford hype.
I found another forum, one with actual New Mexico fans on it, and they were rightfully saying that their performance this year, along with the rest of the conference, has set the Mountain West back years.
This post was edited by Kid Columbus 13 months ago
March 22, 2013
I really thought that the University of New Mexico finally had a men's basketball team that earned the loyalty of their fans.
I was wrong.
I've been around Lobo basketball for 33 seasons. For 32 of those seasons, I knew that UNM had a team that could fold and lose to anyone at any time. I never got my expectations too high because a collapse was possible anytime they walked out on that floor.
I thought this team was different. I was convinced that this Lobo team was for real. It had experience, a good front line and a good backcourt and good chemistry and was smart.
The main difference between these Lobos and the others who fell flat was that the 2012-13 team played defense. New Mexico forced opponents to take bad shots and actually guarded. This team had real potential.
This was a team that had the MWC Player of the Year in Kendall Williams and the MWC Tournament MVP in Tony Snell and two big men who had been outstanding at times and a point guard who had developed quickly. I never expected the Player of the Year to be absolutely invisible when he was needed most or that the tournament MVP couldn't hit a 3-pointer on a bet.
I thought this team had accomplished something by winning the Mountain West Conference during the regular season and in the tournament. A win over UNLV on its home floor was impressive. Beating San Diego State and Colorado State and Boise State was the sign of success because the conference and these teams were so good.
Now, the mighty MWC is 1-3 in the NCAA, and has not lost to any team seeded above a 13. It's not like they lost to Indiana or Louisville or even Georgetown or Michigan State. No, the losses were to the traditional powerhouses of LaSalle, California and Harvard. The league I thought was so good turns out to be so bad.
I was disappointed when New Mexico was seeded a lowly third. I truly believed UNM would prove the committee wrong and thought that going to the Final Four was a realistic possibility. This was going to be the Year of the Lobo. New Mexico was finally going to get the credit, the respect and the attention it deserved.
I was wrong.
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.
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.
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This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by DublinJoe 13 months ago
I watched the game in a replay and NM didn't do that bad of a job. Problem is they ran into a couple of shit hot shooters who would not miss. That and they played a little too physical and got whistled for many ticky tack stuff which put a few of their bigs in foul trouble needlessly.
We are going to see New Mexico again. They just need to start playing a different brand of basketball come tourney time.
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
One thing I learned visiting their boards is that they return all five starters so they'll probably be as good if not better next year. But what their fans were saying, that I agreed with, is that they might not get as much respect in the seedings next year after wetting the bed as a 3 seed this year.
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