Men's Basketball Lobo Talk & More News
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/25/2013

To listen to Robert Portnoy and Coach Craig Neal from 8-9 p.m. for Lobo Talk, live from Chama River, click here

It's Monday night, and it's time for Lobo Talk! Live from the Chama River Brewing Company from 7-9 p.m. tonight, come our and take advantage of great food specials at Chama River and enjoy two hours of Lobo basketball.

From 7-8 p.m. women's basketball play-by-play voice Joe Behrend will talk women's hoops with head caoch Yvonne Sanchez as her team gets ready to host Wisconsin-Milwaukee  on Tuesday night at The Pit.  Then from 8-9 p.m., Voice of the Lobos Robert Portnoy will sit down and talk with men's Coach Craig Neal. You can call in at 866-350-4309 to ask either coach a questions, or tweet Robert Portnoy with your question for Coach Neal at @RobTalksLobos

Come out for a great evening and food and fun at Chama River Brewing Company, located just south of Jefferson and on the west side of the frontage road off I-25.

Alex Kirk Named Mountain West Player of the Week
New Mexico junior center Alex Kirk has been named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played through Sunday, November 24. It is the fourth career MW weekly accolade for Kirk.

Alex helped lead New Mexico to a 2-1 record and third-place finish at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., last weekend, earning All-Tournament honors after posting three straight double-doubles, averaging 21.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game, along with 4.3 blocked shots per contest.

For the tournament he shot 43.4 percent from the field (23-of-53), including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from 3-point range, and 76.5 percent (13-of-17 from the free throw line over the three-game span.

Other quick notes regarding the Charleston Classic
Here are some of the records lists that have the Lobos on it from the Charleston Classic:

All-time Tournament Leaders (2008-13)
Trevor Booker, Clemson (2008) 41 (13.7 rpg)
Alex Kirk, New Mexico (2013) 36 (12.0 rpg)
Andre Roberson, Colorado (2012) 35 (11.7 rpg)
Dwayne Collins, Miami (2009) 34 (11.3 rpg)

Chris Wright, Georgetown (2010) 24 (8.0 apg)
Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall (2011) 19 (6.3 apg)
Kendell Williams, New Mexico (2013) 17 (5.6 apg)
Pierre Jackson, Baylor (2012) 16 (5.3 apg)

All-time Single Game Leaders (2008-13)
Chris Wright, Georgetown vs. Coastal Carolina (2010) 12
Kendell Williams, New Mexico vs. UAB (2013) 10
A.J. Walton, Baylor vs. St. John’s (2012) 10
Ryan Harrow, NCSU vs. ECU (2010) 10
Tim Johnson, Wofford vs. USCU (2010) 9

Poll Position
The Lobos are not ranked in either poll, coming in 26th in The Associated Press Poll and 27th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. The Lobos had been ranked 19 and 20 respectively last week.

In The AP Poll, the Lobos had been ranked for 15 straight weeks, and now UNM has been ranked 19 times in the 21 weeks. No other MW team was ranked in the polls. Other UNM opponents in the AP Poll or receiving votes include Kansas at No. 2, UMass at No. 24, Marquette at No. 25, with Boise State and Cincinnati receiving votes. In the USA Today/Coaches Poll, Kansas at No. 2, with Marquette, Boise State, UMass, New Mexico State and Utah State receiving votes.

The Lobos have been ranked in The AP poll for 33 weeks this decade, which is tied the 26th most weeks in the country. In the western U.S., only three programs have spent more weeks ranked than the Lobos this decade; Arizona (26 weeks), San Diego State (43 weeks) and Gonzaga (50 weeks).

The Lobos have been ranked in four of the last five seasons. Prior to this run, the last time UNM had been ranked was at the end of the 1999 season, when the Lobos were ranked 25th and lost to eventual national champion Connecticut 78-56 in Denver.

The Lobos are 184-74 as a ranked team. New Mexico is 123-8 at home when ranked, 42-51 on the road when ranked, and 19-15 neutral.

Lobos to Wear Turquoise as a part of the Nike N7 Program
After wearing camouflage uniforms in honor of Veteran’s Day in the season opener (the jerseys were auctioned off during the game on the North Concourse of The Pit, raising almost $6,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and the UNM Veterans Resource Center), the Lobos will throw back in a way, as UNM will don turquoise jerseys for the first time in over five years.
The Lobos are wearing turquoise in conjunction with UNM’s partnership with Nike N7 as part of a celebration and recognition of American Indian Heritage Month this November.

Nike N7 is Nike’s commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America through the N7 Fund, collection and program. The state of New Mexico includes 19 Pueblos (Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia and Zuni); Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, and the Navajo Nation.

The Lobos will help raise awareness about the Nike N7 program and show support to tribal communities in New Mexico by celebrating American Indian Heritage Month on Saturday, November 30th against San Diego at 1pm.

As part of its partnership with Nike N7, the Lobos will wear turquoise, the color of friendship and one of UNM’s official school colors from 1973-79; on November 30th and be the final N7 game of American Indian Heritage month. This game will feature special presentation of colors by the Laguna-Acoma High School Marine Corps JROTC; singing of the national anthem in Navajo by current UNM student Stacie Barney; a pregame recognition of tribal leaders; and halftime recognition of Notah Begay III, a native New Mexican and Nike N7 ambassador.

In addition, UNM American Indian Student Services and the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3) will be auctioning off the 14 game-worn turquoise jerseys throughout the game with proceeds going to both organizations. The jersey auction will start when gates open and close with 10 minutes to go in the 2nd half.

The uniform is the fourth of five scheduled uniforms for the Lobos this year, and the second specialty uniform. The Lobos have home whites, and road cherry uniforms, along with home silver alternates, giving UNM three uniforms in all three school colors (since it’s silver and not gray, no Uni Watch members can say UNM goes GFGS ... gray for gray’s sake. UNM doesn’t wear black either).

UNM also wore camo uniforms for the opener.