After watching the New Mexico and Harvard game, many Americans were disappointed with their NCAA Tournament brackets. The loss of New Mexico costs many people a Sweet 16 pick or even Final 4 pick. However, the loss to Harvard cost the Lobos the writing services of one of their veteran writers.
Dennis Latta has covered the Lobos for the last 33 years. That all changed after the team’s early exit from the 2013 NCAA Tournament. In an article from Latta on Rivals.com, the writer announces his retirement from covering the Lobos.
Latta, the editor of Loboland.com, had this to say about this year’s squad, “I really thought that the University of New Mexico finally had a men’s basketball team that earned the loyalty of their fans.” Latta had every reason to believe that New Mexico would impress in the tournament. After all, this is a team that won the Mountain West Conference that produced five teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos also posted an impressive 13-4 record versus teams that earned spots in the annual tournament.
However, this is March Madness and anything can happen. In fact, only 5.6% of people on ESPN picked Harvard to win. That’s right, out of 8.15 million total brackets in the websites annual Tournament Challenge, less than 6% went with coach Tommy Amaker and Harvard to pull the No. 14 over No. 3 upset.
Latta had this to say as his official announcement, “No, I’ve had it. I’ve been to my last Lobo basketball game after covering the team for much of the last 33 years.”
Latta may have given up on the Lobos, but college basketball hasn’t. If all of the Lobos stick around next year, this will be a team that returns all five of their starters. The Lobos will be even better next year and Latta is going to miss out on a tournament run.