Denver, Colo. - ROOT SPORTS™ will televise seven live University of New Mexico men’s basketball games during the 2013-14 season. These games are part of a 34-game Mountain West package and mark ROOT SPORTS’ inaugural basketball season as the official regional television partner of the Mountain West.
2013-14 game coverage begins on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. with the Lobos, last season’s MW regular season and tournament champions, hosting Jamestown in an exhibition game. The regular season commences on the network on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., when the Lobos host Alabama A&M live from The Pit.
After serving as the Lobos associate head coach for the past six years, Craig Neal takes the reigns as head coach for the 2013-14 season. Neal looks to continue the school’s tradition of success after last year’s 29-6 record earned the Lobos back-to-back MW regular season and tournament titles. The team also made their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and third in the last four years.
“University of New Mexico basketball has made a name for itself on a national stage,” said ROOT SPORTS General Manager David Woodman. “We look forward to showcasing the talents of the current Mountain West champions to viewers throughout the region.”
“We are excited to announce this partnership with ROOT SPORTS and the University of New Mexico," said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. “With these seven games added, every regular season game home or away will be shown on a regional or national sports network.”
The complete ROOT SPORTS 2013-14 Lobo men’s basketball telecast schedule is below. Please check with your cable or satellite provider regarding ROOT SPORTS channel information in your area.
The Lobos will also host the annual Lobo Howl on October 18, with ESPN networks coming to Albuquerque to broadcast the event. The time is tentative, but preliminarily, the Howl will take place from 6-9 p.m. with broadcast on either ESPNU or ESPN3.
"Having all of our games, including at least one exhibition, on a regional or national network is important for our program as we brand ourselves nationally," said head coach Craig Neal. "Then you have ESPN coming in and broadcasting the Howl, it shows how far our program has come on a national level."
Neal also had a message for the fans regarding the Howl. "We want to pack the place and show a national audience how great our program is, how great the fans are, and why The Pit is one of the great arenas in college basketball. We have a chance to do that to a national audience."
About ROOT SPORTS™
ROOT SPORTS™ is the home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, Mountain West, Big Sky Conference and University of Denver. The network reaches 2.5 million households across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.
ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain regions. The three networks combined reach 8.9 million households across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.
About the University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico men’s basketball program is one of only three programs that have won four regular season conference titles in the last five years, joining Kansas and Gonzaga, and is one of only five in the nation that have won back-to-back regular season and conference tournament titles. The team returns four starters from last year’s 29-6 team that won the second-most games in school history.
2013-14 ROOT SPORTS Lobo Basketball Telecast Schedule
All times listed are MT. Territorial restrictions may apply. Schedule subject to change.
Date Game Time
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Jamestown at New Mexico 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9 Alabama A&M at New Mexico 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 Charleston Southern at New Mexico 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30 San Diego at New Mexico 1 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23 Grand Canyon at New Mexico 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 New Mexico at San Jose State 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1 San Jose State at New Mexico 6 p.m.