Sept. 21, 2010
Albuquerque, N.M. --- There are many reasons to get season tickets for Lobo men's basketball. The fact that Steve Alford's Lobos are back-to-back Mountain West champions is a pretty good starting point. The first season in the newly-renovated and spectacular Pit is another great reason. Put both of those reasons together! That makes getting season tickets for the 18-game home schedule an absolute must. Those tickets go on sale starting Sept. 28 at the UNM ticket offices.
The schedule features 18 home games, including two exhibitions, eight non-conference home games, and the always-challenging Mountain West slate. The home schedule was finalized this week, giving the Lobos, who went 30-5 a year ago in advancing to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, four of their first five regular season games at home.
Season ticket packages for the action-packed 18-game season begin at $252 for adults and $144 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at the UNM Ticket Office at 1155 University Blvd. SE, SSSC Building, First Floor, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.golobos.com or www.unmtickets.com, or by calling the UNM Ticket Office at 505-925-5858. Tickets also can be purchased at most Albertsons Supermarket Ticket Outlets from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Click here for a list of participating Albertsons locations.
The schedule will be a challenge for Alford's fourth Lobo squad, but opening with a flurry at home (six of seven games counting the two exhibitions) will give Alford a chance for success right out of the gate. The schedule will also give his team a feel for the renovated Pit.
"We are very excited about our schedule," said Alford. "We put it together thinking Darington (Hobson) would be back for his senior year, and there are several BCS conference teams on it, which is why it is as difficult as it is. It should give our players good experience before (UCLA transfer) Drew Gordon becomes eligible."
Alford added, "It's a difficult schedule and it gives us a chance to prepare for a very difficult league."
The home schedule features plenty of talented teams venturing into the Pit, including the opening two regular season games, against a 20-win Detroit squad, and an Arizona State team that won 22 games and finished second in the Pac-10. Add in a Rio Grande Rivalry date with New Mexico State on December 11 and the opening two rounds of the Las Vegas Classic in which the Lobos host The Citadel and Longwood. All that and the non-conference home slate should serve as a tasty appetizer to the main course: the Mountain West Conference race.
That race, won the last two years by the Lobos, is always a dogfight. Of course, should the Lobos reel off a conference record 14-straight wins again, the Lobos would most likely become only the second three-time Mountain West champion in league history, joining BYU. To do it, they will have to get by all comers, including the final conference trips to the Pit by BYU (Jan. 29) and Utah (Feb. 19). In a league where anything can happen, you can be sure games against preseason contenders San Diego State (Jan. 15) and UNLV (Feb. 23) will be critical, as well dates with the other league foes in Wyoming, TCU, Colorado State, and Air Force.
"Seven games (non-conference) away from the Pit will be a tremendous challenge for our young team," said Alford.
And those road games are a challenge, with a trip to California in the season's second weekend, a date with Southern Illinois for the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge, and a New Year's holiday road swing at Texas Tech and at Dayton, the defending NIT champions. Also on the docket are two neutral games at the Las Vegas Classic, against Colorado and then either Northern Iowa or coach Alford's alma mater, Indiana.
Certainly, it should be a season to remember, which means the UNM Ticket Offices should be busy on September 28. With the grand reopening of the Pit and another great season of men's hoops ahead, getting a season ticket and guaranteeing a seat for the hottest game in town has never been more important.