Lobo basketball will be front and center on Turkey Day


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The next time the Lobo men’s basketball team take the floor they will be participating in the Wooden Legacy Classic.

The 3-0 Lobos will meet Virginia Tech on Thanksgiving Day on ESPN. It’s an opportunity for the Lobos to present their brand to a national audience when the basketball traffic will be slow. The goal is to keep playing in tournaments like the Wooden Legacy Classic in the future.

Some power five conferences are playing 20 league games, while others are talking about possibly going to that number.

“If that happens RPI games will be very difficult,” said Neal. “So you would have to get in tournaments to improve your RPI.”

A good RPI is always taken into consideration around NCAA Tournament time. UCLA is also one of the teams in the tournament, but on the other side of the bracket.

Craig Neal and his Lobos would have to make it to the championship game, the Bruins would also to set up a reunion between Steve Alford and Neal, who worked side by side when Alford was head coach at New Mexico and Neal an assistant. Neal said he and Alford have had conversations but, not about playing one another in a championship.

“The only conversation I had with him about Anahiem is, where you staying and if you are wearing polos,” said Neal. “So that’s about all I had because I don’t want to go out there in polos and he’s all dressed up. I don’t want him to get one up on me.”

The Lobos and Virginia Tech have a 2:30 p.m. start time Thursday.


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