Lobo Talk Tonight/Bairstow Player of the Week
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/09/2013

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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 the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday night at The Pit.  Then from 8-9 p.m., Voice of the Lobos Robert Portnoy will sit down and talk about the No. 19 UNM Lobos with head caoch Craig Neal as the team gets ready to head to the Charleston Classic.

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, west of frontage road on I-25.

Bairstow Named Co-Mountain West Player of the Week

Cameron Bairstow capped off a big week with his first ever Mountain West Player of the Week honor, sharing the award with Jalen Jones of San Jose State.  The senior forward from Australia certain knows how to raise to the occasion, as he earned the award with his family on a visit from Down Under.

Bairstow averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds last week while helping the Lobos win a pair of games over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, winning at New Mexico State and in The Pit against Cincinnati. Against the Aggies, he scored 20 points, a key with post-partner Alex Kirk in foul trouble.  Than against Cincinnati, he was nearly unstoppable with 24 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.  

He averaged 36.5 minutes per game for the two contests, and the cap off the career-game against Cincinnati, it was his birthday.  As per his norm for home games, he immediately went to the weight room to lift after the game until it was time to take care of media obligations.

Lobos Wins Two, Lose Votes Anyway

It's a good thing UNM played two NCAA Tournament teams with a combined record of 14-2 entering the games and won them both, because apparently the poll voters might have sent UNM to Division II with a loss.  As it was, the Lobos somehow managed to lose nine votes in the AP Poll, and eight in the Coaches Poll.

UNM still managed to move up to 27th from 28th in the AP Poll, and the team slid from 27 to 29 in the Coaches Poll.  This week's opponent Kansas is now 13th in both polls after losing on a three-pointer at the buzzer to Colorado.

Other opponents in the AP Poll are UMass (22) and San Diego State (25) with Boise State and Cincinnati receiving votes.  Ironically, despite losing to the Lobos, Cincinnati only lost three votes, compared to nine by UNM.

In the Coaches Poll, UMass is 20, and San Diego State is 24, with just Boise State receiving votes.

Kansas Broadcast Information

The game with Kansas will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 5:03 p.m. Mountain Time (with no slide...there is a studio show as the lead-in to the game).  Dave Flemming and former Lobo coach Fran Fraschilla have the call for the World Wide Leader.  Flemming was on the call of last year's opening game against Davidson that was a part of the ESPN 24-Hours of College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

As more ESPN broadcast and stream link become available, those will be passed along on the schedule page, and on @UNMHoops via Twitter.

Kansas will have Live Stats here: http://www.sidearmstats.com/kansas/mbball/

Also, UNM is working with Learfield to make sure the postgame call-in show is streamed in it's entirety.  We will be expanding the window for the pregame show, game, postgame show, and call-in show to 5 hours from start to finish.  Anything longer than that may get cut off, as the call-in show doesn't have a set time to finish.  For the Kansas broadcast, the free internet audio stream will start at 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time and end at 9:30 Mountain Time.