Feb. 25, 2011
New Mexico Lobos (17-11, 5-8) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (10-19, 1-13) - 7:05 p.m. (CT)
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,166) - Ft. Worth, Texas
TV - CBS C.: Roger Twibill, Play-by-play; Steve Lappas, Analysis
Radio - Lobo Radio Network/770 KKOB: Scott Galetti, Play-by-Play; Scott Didrickson, Analysis
GameTracker - www.GoLobos.com - Watch: CBS C (Direct 613, Dish 152, Comcast 274)
Albuquerque, N.M. --- The New Mexico Lobos are sitting in a spot that no one on the team or staff has sat in before, and that's on the wrong end of a four-game losing streak, one that is not far from being a seven-game winning streak. The Lobos have dropped games at Colorado State and at #4 San Diego State (both one possession games in the final minute), and then they dropped home games to Utah on a prayer at the buzzer and to UNLV after the Lobos missed the winning shot in regulation and the tying shot in OT. Saturday night, UNM will look to end that skid when they take on TCU in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at 7:05 p.m. Central Time in a game shown on CBS College Sports and heard throughout New Mexico on the Lobo Radio Network.
New Mexico (17-11, 5-8) sits in sixth in the Mountain West Conference, a half-game behind Utah (13-15, 6-8), and the Utes have the tiebreaker. TCU is just 10-19, 1-12, and they have lost 15 of their last 16 games. While the number might point to a Lobo win, the coaching staff and players know that nothing is a given.
"We need to go out and execute and and play to the best of our abilities," said Dairese Gary. Coach Alford noted that TCU might not be winning, but they have been playing folks tough. "Aside from our game, no one has played San Diego State tougher on their our court than TCU, so we know they are capable and we have to be ready to play from the opening whistle."
The game will be nationally shown on CBS College Sports (Direct 613, Dish 152, Comcast 274), and it's only fitting to put Dairese Gary on a national stage when he sets his second major Mountain West Conference record of the season. With his start, he will have 126 starts, besting the previous mark of 125 by Wyoming's Brandon Heath. Gary has the nation's longest streak of consecutive starts at 125 entering the contest.
As the race towards the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Championships comes down to the final eight days, it's about seeding for the Lobos, who will most likely finish fifth or sixth in the league. While the Lobos have a solid RPI at 90, a road win would bump that up prior to the big rematch with BYU that looms on Wednesday before the final home game on March 5 against Air Force, when UNM will bid a home adieu to Dairese Gary, one of the Lobos' all-time best.