Three (or four) games in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s all that stands between the UNM Lobos – long since removed from any shot at an at large berth to the NCAA Tournament – and playing in the program’s first postseason since a one-and-done trip to the 2014 NCAA Tournament in St. Louis.
The longest postseason drought since Bob King took over the program in the early 1960s will be over, the team believes, with a strong run in the in the Mountain West tournament March 4-7.
“I’m trying to get to the (NCAA) Tournament,” Lobos junior forward Vance Jackson said after last Saturday’s blowout win over Wyoming. “I ain’t going to lie to you. I feel like everybody wants to get to the tournament – the whole fan base, New Mexico, everybody wants to get to the tournament. We’re all hungry for it.”