Video: Lobo Men’s Basketball News Conference

Craig Neal

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When the NCAA selection committee seeded the Lobos 7th Sunday, Lobo fans were seeing red.

Some thought the seeding was too low, considering the Lobos body of work during the season.

The Lobos talked about their seeding and their upcoming NCAA Tournament date with Stanford Monday.

A victory over Cincinnati, two of three wins over San Diego State and a third consecutive Mountain West Tournament title wasn’t enough to sway the selection committee to seed the Lobos any higher than 7.

Some of it could be the sting of a loss to Harvard last season.

The Lobos were a three seed in a year that saw five mountain west teams make the tournament.

All five teams had an early exit.

That may have also been a factor. The Lobos are one of only two Mountain West teams in the field of 68.

Boise State was one of the five teams in last year. They didn’t even get a bid to the nit this time around.

“I didn’t want to talk about it but, we have a guy who is an athletic director in our conference who sits on that and we don’t get….two of our teams. We don’t get anybody in the nit. We get the seedings we get and it kind of makes you wonder,” Lobo head coach, Craig Neal said

“They are just probably telling us we got to prove ourselves. That goes with being in the Mountain West Conference, still a mid-major conference. Uh…obviously the stigma of losing a first round to a Harvard team,” Kendall Williams, UNM guard said.

The Lobos are playing Stanford Friday at 11:40 on TBS.

Some are predicting the Lobos will make it to the Sweet 16 this season.

KRQE New’s 13 reporter @lmitri_krqe was live at the press conference with updates (most recent updates are displayed first): provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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