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Emptying the notebook: Odds and ends from UNM’s wild win at UNLV

Here are some thoughts, tweets, videos and more that didn’t make it into print after the UNM Lobos shocked the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, 85-81, on Wednesday in Las Vegas:

They have a name!

OK, as most would would be reading this know by know, UNM coach Paul Weir has laid on the praise of “they eight I’ve got” after the previous three games, referring to the eight scholarship players who have suited up the past four games while Sam Logwood and Troy Simons, for various reasons, are not let back on the team for the time being (Weir still has no timetable on that).

While building them up, some around Albuquerque started trying to come up with a name for the Great Eight. Or Eight is Enough. Or Magnificent Eight. Or, whatever.

But on Wednesday, as walk-on Mike Mondragon also took part in the UNLV upset, and probably works harder than most of his teammats during practice, it was clear the group of eight deserved to be a group of nine.

And after they beat UNLV, while they could be heard yelling in the nearby visitor’s locker room, Weir said the group has given itself a name.

“We’ve got nine now,” Weir said. “They call themselves the ‘Nasty Nine’ and they’re just giving it all they’ve got and I’m just really happy for them that they get the feeling of a good road win together.”

So, since they won, they get to give themselves a nickname. It’s now the Nasty Nine until further notice.

And here’s the game story…

But about those others…

Senior Sam Logwood and junior Troy Simons remained in Albuquerque for Wednesday’s road trip, technically with Simons serving a suspension and Logwood injured with a bad left shoulder.

The two have missed the past four games.

Weir has also said the word “suspension” is too harsh for Simons, though he hasn’t offered up a better description, and has never officially said Logwood’s absence is anything but injury related, but has said he needs to talk with the team to see how it feels about letting the two rejoin the good energy and work the “Nasty Nine” have been doing of late.

During Wednesday’s game, on Logwood’s Twitter account of @Sammy2timess, a tweet posted at 8:11 p.m., MT that read “#freetwotimes” the nickname the team’s leading scorer goes by.

Weir said he would not comment on the since deleted tweet until he talks with Logwood about what he was trying to say.

The game winner

From one fan’s perspective…

For the dogs

Time to step your game up, UNM. For the second straight Lobos home game, fans were absolutely loving the halftime show.

Wednesday in Las Vegas, it was a dude doing crazy acrobatic things with a dog that stole the show. The tweet below, though from our distant media row seats halfway up the Thomas & Mack Center stands, shows the dog balancing on the guy’s back with the crowd going crazy.

And, in case you forgot, Saturday in Fresno, it was baby races!

Meanwhile, back in Abq

Meanwhile, in San Diego…

The team UNM lost to last Saturday beat the team UNM hosts this coming Saturday.

Around the Mountain

There were five Mountain West games on Wednesday with Wyoming being the lone league team with an off slot in the unbalanced schedule.
• Air Force 76, Colorado State 71
• Boise State 71, Utah State 67
• New Mexico 85, UNLV 81
• Nevada 71, San Jose State 54
• Fresno State 77, San Diego State 73

Mountain West standings

Through Wednesday’s games, here are the league’s men’s basketball standings, with the Lobos, a team picked to finish 9th, in a tie for third place and having already played road games at Nevada, Boise State, Fresno State, UNLV and they don’t play at San Diego State this season.

Up next for the Lobos

Saturday, San Diego State (11-6, 3-3) at UNM (9-11, 4-3), 5 p.m., CBS Sports Network, 770 AM/94.5 FM

Attendance

The announced attendance on Wednesday night in the Thomas & Mack Center was 10,546.

Earlier in the day, I tweeted the average home attendance figures of the top three Mountain West programs and included regional teams UTEP and NMSU as well as the past four seasons of Lobo attendance. Here it is…

And, in case you were wondering what an announced crowd of 10,546 looks like in the Thomas & Mack, here’s video of the pregame introductions…

Final stat sheet

For those who love the old paper box score…

One thing that stat sheet does show is fouls and free throw attempts. But it doesn’t show UNLV’s reaction to them. This tweet does, though.

Postgame interview with Paul Weir

Sorry about the poor camera work. Tight deadline, running around, hands full, recorders not turned on.

Yeah, I guess I wasn’t as sharp as the Lobos late Wednesday.

Nevertheless, here’s the interview I had with Paul Weir.

Grammer’s Guesses

Yeah, the coin from my daughter’s piggy bank didn’t gain any ground on me, but the Guesses had a losing night picking Mountain West games against the spread.

We both went 2-3 on the night I am 16-18-1 on the season. The coin is now 19-15-1.

And, for the record, I was asked about the coin no fewer than six times on Wednesday in Las Vegas (that is not a joke). People in this gambling town know a winner when they see one.

Until next time…

Until next time (March, MWC Tournament), Thomas & Mack Center.

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