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):
- Kendall Williams: I feel like we could’ve maybe gotten a seed or two higher but… the motivation is there. @KDubill10 @UNMLOBOS
- Kendall Williams on seeding: It is what it is. #golobos #UnfinishedBusiness
- Kendall Williams now addressing media @KDubill10 pic.twitter.com/lEopnphkBn
- “They care. They love it.”-Coach Neal on Lobo fans. He’s expecting fans to travel to St. Louis.
- Coach Neal says making it to sweet 16 is #UnfinishedBusiness for the UNM men’s basketball team as
- Coach Neal:I didn’t care about the seeding. I just wanted to play on Friday. I think that’s going to help us.#golobos pic.twitter.com/0CGBn2AqtA
- Media hearing from Coach Neal about seeding for NCAA tournament. pic.twitter.com/w0C4iB9fyg
- Presser begins #golobos pic.twitter.com/YuaStBat5E
- First time since Lobos earn 7 seed“@LGilliganKRQE: #lobos Coach Neal will address media live on @krqe online @ 2:45. pic.twitter.com/8tEiaXYyaZ”