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Lobos basketball: Final field set for Charleston Classic

ESPN Regional Television on Wednesday released the names of the complete field for the Nov. 21-24 Charleston (S.C.) Classic that includes the New Mexico Lobos.

UNM and five other teams — Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, Temple and Alabama-Birmingham — have been locked into the eight team event for several months. Wednesday it was announced Davidson, who UNM opened the 2012-13 season with in an ESPN game televised at midnight, and Massachusetts will complete the field.

The non-exempt tournament will be played at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

It is not yet clear how the tournament bracket will be seeded. When UNM played in the Paradise Jam tournament last November in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the event was seeded by the previous season’s final RPI rankings. UNM’s RPI ranking of No. 2 in the 2012-13 season would make the Lobos the No. 1 seed if the Charleston Classic uses the same format.


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UNM, Temple and Davidson were each in this past season’s NCAA Tournament while UMass participated in the NIT.

Here are the 2012-13 records and final RPI rankings for the eight teams in the Charleston Classic Field:

    • UNM Lobos (29-6; RPI 2)
    • Temple Owls (24-10; RPI 41)
    • Massachusetts Minutemen (21-12; RPI 56)
    • Davidson Wildcats (26-8; RPI 61)
    • Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-18; RPI 103)
    • Georgia Bulldogs (15-17; RPI 140)
    • UAB Blazers (16-17; RPI 145)
    • Clemson Tigers (13-18; RPI 185)

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More scheduling

UNM still has several holes to fill for the 2013-14 schedule and need to get to 16 home games to reach budget projections.

What is pinned down so far for what the team hopes will be a 31-game regular season schedule (dates are TBD unless noted):

• 18 Mountain West Conference games (nine at home, nine on the road)
• 3 neutral games in the Charleston Classic (Nov. 21-24)
• 2 games with New Mexico State (one in the Pit, one in Las Cruces)
• 1 neutral court game with either Stanford or Washington in an ESPN-televised game at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 20
• 1 neutral court game with Kansas to be played in Kansas City
• 1 home game with Cincinnati (the back end of a home-and-home contract)

That is a total of 26 games (11 at home, 11 on road or neutral court games). UNM still has five games to schedule, all of which will have to be home games to get to the 16 home games needed for budgetary purposes.

Note1 : One of the remaining unfilled home games is likely to be against Nebraska and former Colorado State head coach Tim Miles. Because UNM and Nebraska are in the same exempt tournament (the Charleston Classic), the NCAA allows them to play within two weeks of the event, which allows both teams to then schedule 31 games instead of standard limit of 30 regular season games. As of Wednesday, the contract between the two schools has not been finalized.

Note 2: UNM owes a road game to Valparaiso as part of a home-and-home contract that had Valpo come to the Pit last December. Valpo agreed to push that game back to 2014-15 season so UNM can participate in the Dec. 20 game in Las Vegas, Nev.

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