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Steve Alford still had the net around his neck when the lobbying began for his New Mexico Lobos.
No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference, for sure. But how about a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?
Improbable, yes, if only because this is the Mountain West after all. But Alford made it clear Saturday he wasn't going to settle for just being a No. 2.
''We've got to be in the talks,'' Alford said.
In a college basketball season where parity reigns, Alford wasn't speaking out of turn. Not after his No. 15 Lobos beat UNLV 63-56 to win a conference that conceivably might get five invitations to the NCAA tournament.
''I'll put our starting five up against anybody,'' Alford said. ''I just hope our league gets the respect it should have.''
New Mexico added the conference tournament title to its regular season crown with a gritty win on UNLV's home court, fueled by the late scoring of Tony Snell, who scored 13 of his 21...
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The No. 14 New Mexico Lobos became the first Mountain West Conference 1-seed to win the MWC Tournament since 2006 Saturday, beating UNLV 63-56 before a record-breaking MWC Tourney audience on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev. With the win, the Lobos secured the MWC’s automatic bid to next week’s NCAA Tournament, a second consecutive tournament title and the sixth MWC championship in...
The top-seeded New Mexico Lobos will play in a second consecutive Mountain West Tournament championship game after defeating San Diego St. Aztecs 60-50 Saturday night in the MWC semifinals before a sold out – and pro-UNM crowd – in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lobos, ranked 14th in the Coaches poll plays UNLV in the title game at 4 p.m. MT Saturday . The game will be televised nationally on CBS-TV.
New Mexico's size and Tony Snell's shooting were too much for San Diego State.
Snell scored 17, including five 3-pointers, to lead No. 15 New Mexico past San Diego State 60-50 in the semifinal round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday night.
Top-seeded New Mexico will look for back-to-back tournament titles on Saturday against UNLV.
While watching Tony Snell single-handedly dispose of UNLV in the Mountain West Conference tournament finals, the subsequent reaction, especially that of CBS announcer Reggie Miller, stood out.
In a one-point game against a top-25-caliber opponentone that had already beaten the Lobos in the Thompson & Mack Center earlier in the yearthe junior swingman dropped 13 consecutive points...