When the UNM Lobos released its 2019-20 men’s hoops schedule on Sept. 5, fans who had been growing antsy that it wasn’t done months prior let out a collective yawn when the home slate lacked a big name opponent coming to town.
If you were one of those fans, the rest of the Mountain West Conference has some news for you.
The Lobos were actually ahead of the curve in finalizing their schedule compared to league peers and are hardly alone in their inability to land a big name opponent. In fact, college basketball, at least outside the elite programs, is facing a bit of a crisis with how nonconference scheduling seems to be an increasingly impossible task logistically, financially and competitively for those outside the Power 5 (or 6 for basketball) conferences.
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