To all of the New Mexico Lobos fans who are already in beast mode, I apologize for the delay.
Saturday saw the New Mexico Lobos (25-4, 12-2 MWC) claim the regular season conference title and a number one seed for the MWC tournament. Granted, those two things come together, so it isn’t like they accomplished two completely separate things.
However, the story isn’t about the title or their conference tournament seeding. Sure, those are nice additions to the growing Lobos’ trophy case, but New Mexico is surely more excited about possible NCAA Tournament glory.
What is an even amazing part of the New Mexico story is their lack of national attention. While I have alluded to it in the past (see beast mode above), everyone seems to be paying more attention to teams on the bubble than the 12th ranked team in the nation. Let us be perfectly honest here: those teams on the bubble are not very good this year.
Hopefully, after the Lobos finish their regular season and make whatever run they make in their conference tourney, some folks will start to pay more attention to one of the only consistent teams in the nation this year.
New Mexico doesn’t do a single thing great, nor are they a super-fun team to watch. It just so happens they are efficient in every aspect in the game of basketball. Teams like this are going to do well in a tournament field filled with squads that barely made it through the season.
I suggest all to watch their conference tournament because they have a few solid teams who WILL go dancing deep in the month of March.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone