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Lobos fans celebrate and throw newspapers into the air Wednesday night as UNM’s starting lineup is announced before the game against Colorado State in The Pit.

Richard Pitino, magic man.

In his second season as the University of New Mexico’s men’s basketball coach, he has pulled the rabbit out of a hat and injected life, passion and excitement back into The Pit. Wednesday’s near-sellout crowd in University Arena watched his Lobos push their record to 13-0 and start conference play with a comfortable win over Colorado State.

At the moment, the sky is bluer, food tastes better and there’s a sense of community pride knowing Lobo basketball is, at long last, trending.

Will Webber is the sports editor for The New Mexican. Contact him at wwebber@sfnewmexican.com.

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