Lobos women to get plenty of home games
The name on the building may have changed but the address is still the same. For The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team there will be fewer travel expenses since 20 of its 32 games this coming season are scheduled for The Pit — er, Dreamstyle Arena.
The schedule announcement Tuesday morning coincided with the MWC releasing its master schedule for the men. The Lobo men’s nonconference schedule is still being finalized and will be announced soon.
Under first-year head coach Paul Weir, the men will open their 18-game league slate at home Dec. 27 against Air Force and play eight of the 10 MWC rival teams home and away. They’ll play defending regular season champion Nevada just once (on the road) and perennial power San Diego State (at home) one time.
The entire men’s schedule is tentative since the MWC’s national television partners, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, will hold a selection process that will move some games to different dates. That process will be finished by August, with regional networks like ROOT Sports and the MWC Network making their picks once the national process is complete.
The Lobo women are coming off a 15-15 campaign in Mike Bradbury’s first year as head coach. They’ll play two exhibition games in The Pit in early November, then have 18 of their 30 regular season contests at home. That includes nine Mountain West Conference games and a two-day stay for their own Thanksgiving tournament.
UNM’s women’s team will play its first six regular season games in The Pit, starting with a Nov. 10 game against Western Michigan. They’ll get visits from Marquette, Northern New Mexico College and New Mexico State before the two-game Thanksgiving tournament that features Wichita State, Illinois and UC Irvine.
Other home games include Texas Tech and Navy. There are only three nonconference road games; at UTEP, New Mexico State and Oklahoma.
The Mountain West Tournament returns for Las Vegas, Nev., for the men and women. The women’s tournament runs March 5-9 at the Thomas & Mack Center while the men’s event runs March 7-10.