The schedule reveal party didn’t reveal the schedule.
At least not all of it.
University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir, to a group of about 100 or so boosters at Rio Bravo Brewery on Tuesday at a function described as a “Schedule Reveal Party,” revealed the team’s 2018-19 schedule is still not done.
But it’s close, and several more puzzle pieces were put in place Tuesday night.
The team will open on the road on Nov. 6 against CSU-Northridge in the first of a home-and-home series that will bring the Matadors back to Dreamstyle Arena for a game in the 2019-20 season.
The Lobos will then make the unusual move of playing an exhibition game at home on Nov. 10 against one of the state’s non-Division I schools in the second year of the New Mexico Classic that features most of the state’s college basketball teams. Weir said the event had to fall on that weekend to make it work for all involved, forcing the awkward timing of the exhibition.
For the most part, Weir said, the delay in releasing the schedule has to do with the fact the Lobos were supposed to be a part of a multi-team exempt tournament. That would have had several teams involved, including the possibility of three playing in the Pit, capped by a neutral court game in the Staples Center on Dec. 7 against Saint Mary’s. The tournament fell apart, but the game against SMC will go on, Weir said.