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Tag:Lobo basketball
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:51 pm
 

State of the Lobos 19 Jan 2011

50 years of watching the team.  Frankly, this is what I expected last year.  I know that may sound strange, but who would have expected Darrington Hobson to be so good?  Most didn't follow him until near the end of the season because noone follows junior transfers right away.  I knew Roman Martinez' character and that he could hit the three, but Dairese Gary never really made it happen with me.  He lacked confidence and was a role player.  But what a team it turned out to be winning nearly every close game they played.  I knew we would see a bunch of freshmen.  Anyway, that team lost only 5 games and ended up 8th in the nation.  Were they that good?  I don't think so because I remember the looks on the opponent's faces as they walked away from the court with a loss shaking their heads wondering what happened.   <hr style="margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; color: #ffffff; background-color: #ffffff; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-left-style: none; border-width: 1px; border-color: #d9d8d8;" /> This year, after two miraculous years, many of us expected a command performance.  A bunch of youngsters like Kentucky last year under the capable senior leadership of Gary.  Early signs were good.  The 8-game win streak ending with the win against Colorado looked like the Lobos were back on track to give do the unlikely for the 3rd consecutive year.  The fact is that this year is what it should have always been.   <hr style="margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; color: #ffffff; background-color: #ffffff; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-left-style: none; border-width: 1px; border-color: #d9d8d8;" /> The great news is that coach Steve Alford is a winner.  He hates to lose and his basketball ability is probably going nuts as he watches the younsters flounder around.  The other great news is that the Lobos have some superb talent, but we need it all to make a team.  Negedu and Fenton, while not being critical, are part of the puzzle.  With the addition of Drew Gordon, the team has lost its way.  It is forcing a talented, but very immature Kendall Williams try to do too much.  Same with Phillip McDonald.  The team lacks a spiritual leader since Roman left.  This is the team that New Mexico should be.  Somewhere in the middle of the pack.  If I'm right, the team will find its way in about a month and will be ready to compete in the conference tourney.  They might even win it.  They could win the NIT.  Until then we're going to go through tough times as this team finds itself and improves.  They are going to have to listen to the coaches and everyone needs to contribute.  Shooters are going to need to shoot and players are going to have to learn to let the game come to them.  They need to give maximum effort instead of half-stepping for most of the game.  I have confidence that they will improve, but this is a work in progress and this team is no match for the Aztecs or BYU.  We'll see how they play at UNLV.  All they need to do is to keep it close and we'll see how they deal with a battle.  I'm there no matter what.  One huge difference from past years is that Alford and his coaching staff will find a way to win.  Fran and coach McKay had no right to wear the mantle of coach.  Big mistake hiring those two.  In 2011, we're still in good shape, but must understand that this isn't the year that we're going to win the regular season title.  GO LOBOS!
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Loss to Utah by 10 OMG

O.K.  So, I can understand that a seriously talented San Diego State comes into the Pit and slam dunks the Lobos, but losing to Wyoming and now Utah- whether at home or on the road...not good.  What a difference one year makes.  You know, at first I thought losing Darrington Hobson would be the real loss, but the more I watch them, I am thinking their real loss was Roman Martinez.  He was the senior who collected his team whenever they fell apart during games last year.  He was always classy and would even pick up the opponents who had fallen to the floor.  Roman had the fire in his belly that just doesn't exist on this year's squad.  We all know New Mexico has plenty of talent and their size is significantly better than the last two years.  This is how I see it.  New Mexico can have a great year really in only one way- they need to win the conference tournament.  They can do it, but it will take improvement in nearly every aspect of their playing.  I thought the biggest issue was probably permeter defense and their own inability to shoot the long ball.  They did fine inside as they rebounded and scored in the paint.  I want to apologize for all those fans who maintained that New Mexico was not good this year.  They were right.  Good news is that there is still time to put it together.  We will now see how good a coach is Steve Alford.  Good luck.  You're going to need it.  The Lobos have our unending support, but this is a tough turn of events.  
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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