The schedule is set, the time is in place, and now it's a countdown to the Lobo Howl on Friday in at The Pit.
The Howl will take place from 6-9 p.m. and it is free to the public. Gates open at 6 and that will be your first chance to look around and get a seat for the event.
ESPNU will be live on site to broadcast from The Pit, with analyst Miles Simon handling the action. The Lobo men's program is one of nine men's programs being highlighted throughout the night by the ESPN Family of Networks.
Parking for the event is also free, but fans should plan on getting to The Pit early as the UNM women's soccer team is hosting Nevada at 5 and will utilize spaces in the Stadium East lot. Stadium West will have cars utilizing the lot as there is a high school football game that night on Branch Field at University. Also, The Pit North lot will be set up for RV parking for the New Mexico-Utah State football game on Saturday.
"This is another opportunity to showcase Lobo basketball, The Pit and New Mexico," said Brad Hutchins, associate athletic director for marketing and revenue. "To be part of the ESPNU Midnight Madness for college basketball is a testament to our basketball program and our tremendous fan base."
Last season, the nation got a taste of Lobo fandom when nearly 15,000 fans showed up for the season opener, a midnight game on ESPN from The Pit as UNM hosted Davidson in the ESPN "24 Hours of College Hoops Marathon." UNM is one of three teams in the nation to have won four conference regular season titles in the last five years, joining Kansas and Gonzaga. The Lobos picked up 23 of 24 first place votes in the Mountain West preseason media poll, and Kendall Williams was named preseason Player of the Year in the conference. He and Alex Kirk were both named preseason all-conference as well.
The Lobo Howl is also the first chance to catch the Lobo women in action under third-year head coach Yvonne Sanchez. Last year the squad featured the Mountain West's "Sixth Person of the Year," Antiesha Brown.
Brown and the rest of the Lobos look to be prominently featured later this week when the Mountain West releases to preseason women's poll and all-conference teams.
The schedule of events:
6-7: Select a seat.
6–6:30: Women's basketball autographs (north concourse).
6:30-7: Men's basketball autographs (north concourse).
7-7:45: Women's basketball on The Pit floor (team intros, drills and competitions).
8-8:45: Men's basketball on The Pit floor (team intros, dunk competition, drills and competitions).
Lobo lowdown: New Mexico and Kansas meet in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Lobo fans can get their tickets to the Kansas City Shootout vs. the Jayhawks through via the Sprint Center. Single game tickets for the matchup between the two top-25 programs are on sale online at SprintCenter.com.