Lobos Ranked 23rd Coaches Poll, 25th AP Poll
Nov. 26, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M. --- The New Mexico Lobos, fresh off the Paradise Jam Championship and a red-hot 6-0 start, jumped into the national rankings on Monday afternoon, earning a No. 23 ranking from the USA Today Coaches Poll, and a #25 ranking from the Associated Press Poll. It marks the third season in the last four that the Lobos have broken through into the Top 25.
New Mexico picked up 68 points in the Coaches Poll, up from 16 points the previous week. The Lobos are one of four teams to jump into the poll, joining Colorado (19), Illinois (22), and Georgetown (25). UNM is six points ahead of No. 24 UCLA.
In the Associated Press Poll, the Lobos were named on 30 ballots (of 65) and picked up 141 points, well ahead of Alabama's 108 points. UNM had just 11 points and was named on only four ballots last week.
Other UNM opponents in the polls are conference foes UNLV (24 AP/20 Coaches), and San Diego State (23/21), and December 27 opponent Cincinnati (17/16). Other UNM opponents receiving votes include two teams UNM has defeated already in Connecticut and Davidson, as well as Colorado State.
For the Lobos, it marks the third season in the last four that New Mexico has been in the top 20. In the 2009-10 season, UNM was ranked for 12 weeks, getting as high as No. 8 at the end of that 30-5 season. Last year, the Lobos were ranked three times, getting as high as number 18, and finishing the season as the only team in the Pacific or Mountain time zones to be ranked.
This week marks the 16th week under Steve Alford that the Lobos have been nationally ranked. Prior to entering the poll on December 16, 2009, UNM went almost a full 10 years without getting nationally ranked as UNM finished the 1999 season ranked 25.
New Mexico will put its rankings on the line for the first time this season on Wednesday night when at hosts 2012 CIT Champions the Mercer Bears at The Pit at 7 p.m. The game is "Toys for Tots" night. Fans that bring an unused when purchasing their tickets can get a $5 seat in bench rows 1-10 while supplies last. The game is sponsored by Bernalillo County and Coyote 102.5 FM.