LOBOS LOSE One and done: Harvard ends New Mexico’s tourney run

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:30 pm | Updated: 12:20 pm, Fri Mar 22, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Lobos were trending for all the wrong reasons on Thursday.

Porous defense.

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  • David Romero posted at 3:48 pm on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    bigd1955 Posts: 20

    The best Lobo teams I have ever seen are the the 67-68 Lobos who had Ben Monroe and Mel Daniels.They went in at 23-5 and Lost to NM State in the second round.The 77-78 squad was even more highly touted.They had Michael Cooper and went in at 24-4.They lost to Cal Fullerton in the first round.The 68 NMSU squad had a heck of a team with Chito Reyes,Sam lacey, and a one and one artist,who's name I cant remember.They finally lost to eventual champ UCLA.The 78 squad and this year's team suffered from a bad case of over confidence,IMO anyway.

  • Hose Knows posted at 3:10 pm on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    Hose Knows Posts: 2

    I made the fatal mistake (as did many I'm sure) of subconsciously pencilling the Lobos into the next round. I had planned on Thursday night's game being a celebration of Lobo hoops, one of those enjoyable, sit-back-and-relax games where we could all relish in the labor of our 3 seed. What played out though was the worst case possible. I felt like I'd been punked. Who would've ever thought we'd be the top story from day one, for all the wrong reasons though. It is by far the darkest day of Lobo hoops. I'm not sure I, or many others, will ever be able to crawl out of the "pit" of disappointment the lobos put us in last night.

  • Todd_Shaw posted at 12:56 pm on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    Todd_Shaw Posts: 23

    Steve Alford is a great recruiter, but he can't coach to save his life! The Lobos made him look really good this year because they were ahead a lot of the time. If you noticed all the nail biters the Lobos lost because he is not a great coach. He doesn't know how to make adjustments and he allows the Lobos to try to dig themselves out when they can't. Last night the Lobos were exposed to what they really are, a 3 point shooting team who forgot that they have Bairstow and Kirk in the block. Snell and Kirk carried this team the last part of the season and nobody else stepped up and did much. The players aren't to blame, it's the coaching! As a coach you have to have a game plan, have them prepared for battle, and make adjustments during the game. Alford called timeouts during the game but didn't coach much! They had their chance as a 3 seed in a favorable matchup and they failed!

  • JackM posted at 12:29 pm on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    JackM Posts: 1

    New Mexico had a good team this year, though being in the MWC sometimes causes the local perception to be a bit skewed. But the early success in non-league play didn't carry through the doldrums of the conference and the intensity they needed in the tournament just wasn't there. This is the tournament, reputations and seeding really mean nothing anymore, and the Lobos just weren't ready. The good thing is that maybe they avoided a bigger embarassment against Arizona. The bad thing is that it doesn't look promising for New Mexico post seasons.

  • twintango posted at 10:35 am on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    twintango Posts: 1

    I'm over 50 and have, over many decades, watched Lobo football and basketball teams continually fail or choke in those types of games and situations. Nothing has changed. The question is...will it ever?

  • David Romero posted at 9:26 am on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    bigd1955 Posts: 20

    Alford has lost as a three seed before at Missouri.He is one of only three coaches to lose as a three seed three times.Now he has a monkey on his back.Lobo fans can only hope it doesn't turn into a gorilla.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:56 am on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1041

    I think the whole program is on the upswing BUT that 10 year contract could have waited until Alford's showing in the big dance.
    14th seed huh?

  • Unbelievable_lobos_loss posted at 5:46 am on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    Unbelievable_lobos_loss Posts: 1

    Absolutely the worst possible game we could've played. We looked flat on both ends and showed no urgency. We made 0 adjustments defensively which is shocking. Alford has done wonders with the program but deserves a fair amount of blame for this loss.


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