SALT LAKE CITY — Hughie the Hottie?
For the second consecutive year, UNM Lobos point guard Hugh Greenwood has been included on Cosmopolitan’s list of NCAA Tournament studs.
On a slide show posted on cosmopolitan.com labeled “The Hottest Guys of March Madness 2013” Greenwood appears on Slide 18 of 26 with the subtitle: “Hugh is from Australia. We repeat. Hugh is from Australia. Call us? We need to hear that sexy accent.”
So what does the mop-topped Aussie think of his repeat appearance on the list?
“What an honor, what an honor,” Greenwood joked. “The sad thing is it’s the only award I’ve got since I’ve been here. I was honorable mention (All-Mountain West), but hopefully I can start getting some real basketball awards.”
While Greenwood said his parents and girlfriend, UNM cheerleader Kjiersten Straub, have been very proud of him for the recognition — “My parents both are claiming credit, saying it’s the genes” — his Lobo family hasn’t been quite as generous with the praise.
“I don’t know who voted on that,” UNM head coach Steve Alford said. “His mother and father were over here for about a five-week span from Australia, so I don’t know if they were the two votes on that or what.”
Alex Kirk, the leader of the pack in terms of giving Greenwood grief in the locker room, took the high road in front of reporters Wednesday.
“I guess he’s deserving,” Kirk said.
Kendall Williams, thought Cosmo had the right team, but the wrong Aussie.
“I think Cam (Bairstow) should have got it,” Williams said.
LOBOS AREN’T ALONE: The Lobos are one of eight teams in Salt Lake City playing in second round NCAA Tournament games today, all playing in the West Regional bracket.
Joining them are the region’s No. 1 seed, and the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Gonzaga and its No. 16 seed opponent, Southern; No. 8 Pittsburgh and No. 9 Wichita State; No. 6 Arizona and No. 11 Belmont; and the Lobos tournament opponent, No. 14 Harvard.
EMBRACING HISTORY?: Some programs have histories that players can’t help but be aware of. Others, well they’re still writing their history.
Asked their recollections of past tournament success by Gonzaga teams, current stars Eliah Harris and Kelly Olynyk admitted they could use a bit of a refresher course.
“I’m from Germany and to get basketball on German television is really seldom,” Harris said.
Olynyk, the likely All-American center from Canada, wasn’t much of a hoops fan prior to his days in Spokane.
“I didn’t know Gonzaga from Duke really when I was growing up, to tell you the truth,” Olynyk said.
FAMILY TRIP: One of the contract incentives for Steve Alford (and associate head coach Craig Neal for that matter) that did not change Wednesday allows for his immediate family (wife and kids) to be added to the team’s official travel party for NCAA Tournament games.
With that perk, wife Tanya, daughter Kayla and son Bryce (the La Cueva High senior and Lobos signee) accompanied the team to Salt Lake City.