Enchantment Sports Staff
The month of amour.
But for University of New Mexico Lobo basketball fans, it could also be the month of a moron.
The 2019-2020 MWC men’s basketball schedule was released today and the game that Lobo Fan really cares about is February 19th when newly-hired Nevada basketball coach and former Lobo basketball coach and heartthrob Steve Alford makes his return to Dreamstyle Arena.
And with him his own little Cupid, ex-Lobo head coach Craig Neal.
For many delusional Lobo fans the love affair with St. Stevie, the patron saint of Lobo basketball regular season victories and first-round choke jobs (Thanks Mike Carlyle), never ended. Their hearts are brimming with hope that Alford will walk down the ramp wearing that stupid “Red Blazer” and Lobo MWC rings on his hand so they can genuflect and kiss.
Maybe, just maybe, he can come down hand-in-hand with UNM communications director Fran Mercogliano, each wearing one of the nets around their neck they once so proudly displayed to the collective eye-rolls of every media member in the conference.
Other Lobo fans, however, are looking forward to going to The Pit on February 19th to give Alford and assistant “Noodles” Neal something else. Like a long and resounding boo.
While St. Stevie may not be used to the boos in the Pit, Noodles ought to be used to them. I’m curious — will he consider them “death threats?”
Here is the 2019-2020 MWC schedule for Lobo hoops… But other than February 19th, let’s be honest. Does anyone even care?
2019-20 MW Schedule
(home games BOLD)
|Wed., Dec. 4||BOISE STATE|
|Sat., Dec. 7||at Wyoming|
|Wed., Jan. 1||at San José State|
|Sat., Jan. 4||BYE|
|Wed., Jan. 8||FRESNO STATE|
|Sat., Jan. 11||AIR FORCE|
|Wed., Jan. 15||at Colorado State|
|Sat., Jan. 18||at UNLV|
|Wed., Jan. 22||SAN JOSÉ STATE|
|Sat., Jan. 25||at Nevada|
|Wed., Jan. 29||SAN DIEGO STATE|
|Sat., Feb. 1||at Fresno State|
|Wed., Feb. 5||BYE|
|Sat., Feb. 8||WYOMING|
|Wed., Feb. 12||at San Diego State|
|Sat., Feb. 15||UNLV|
|Wed., Feb. 19||NEVADA|
|Sat., Feb. 22||at Boise State|
|Wed., Feb. 26||at Air Force|
|Sat., Feb. 29||UTAH STATE|
Lee Roy Lucero is an Albuquerque native, former editor of The Red Menace website and a staff writer with Enchantment Sports. For tips or story ideas, particularly about high school sports, contact Lee Roy Lucero at enchantmentsportsNM@gmail.com.