2009–10 New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team

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2009–10 New Mexico Lobos men's basketball
Mountain West Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Mountain West Conference
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #8
2009–10 record 30–5 (14–2 Mountain West)
Head coach Steve Alford (3rd Year)
Assistant coach Craig Neal (3rd Year)
Assistant coach Wyking Jones
Assistant coach Ryan Miller
Home arena The Pit 14,586
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 New Mexico 14 2   .875     30 5   .857
#17 BYU 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
UNLV 11 5   .688     25 8   .758
San Diego State 11 5   .688     25 9   .735
Colorado State 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
Utah 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
TCU 5 11   .313     13 19   .406
Wyoming 3 13   .188     10 21   .323
Air Force 1 15   .063     10 21   .323
2010 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament winner
As of March 20, 2010; Rankings from AP/Coaches Poll


The 2009–10 Division I University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team represented the University of New Mexico as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos were coached by third-year head coach Steve Alford and played their home games at The Pit, newly renamed from its previous official name of University Arena, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Lobos finished the season 30–5, 14–2 in Mountain West play to capture the regular season championship. They advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament before being defeated by eventual champion San Diego State. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 3 seed in the East Region. They defeated 14 seed Montana in the first round before being upset by 11 seed Washington in the second round to end their season.

2009–10 University Arena renovations[edit]

The University of New Mexico Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs outlined details of the $60 million renovations to University Arena (The Pit).[1] Some of the items included in the presentation were the addition of 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) of new space, the expansion of the concourse, the addition of 40 luxury suites and 300 club seats to the mezzanine level and the new state-of-the-art locker room facilities for Lobo men's and women's basketball. Krebs stated, "Our goal is to create the best collegiate basketball venue in the nation."

The design process followed the completion of the Program Document for The Pit, which was used to guide the planning and design. The focus of the design, guided by Molzen-Corbin & Associates, was to maintain and improve the fan experience but not change The Pit. The planning committee was charged with keeping The Pit intimate, respecting its history, keeping the mystique of the arena, maintaining great sight lines and the current bowl seating mix and embracing new technology.

The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2010–2011 basketball season. During construction the home games will still take place at University Arena and will have no impact on the 2009–10 season.[1]

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Roster
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown High School/Last College
A.J. Hardeman 00 F 6' 8" 225 Sophomore Del Valle, Texas Del Valle High School
Darington Hobson 1 G/F 6' 7" 205 Junior Las Vegas, Nevada College of Eastern Utah
Curtis Dennis 3 G 6' 5" 195 Freshman Bronx, New York Findlay Prep
Chad Adams 4 G/F 6' 6" 190 Freshman Albuquerque, New Mexico Highland High School
Dairese Gary 5 G 6' 1" 205 Junior Elkhart, Indiana Concord High School
Kevin Nelson 10 G 6' 0" 175 Freshman Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque Academy
Nate Garth 11 G 6' 2" 180 Sophomore Sacramento, California Hamilton High School, TN
Jamal Fenton 13 G 5' 9" 170 Freshman Houston, Texas Cesar E. Chavez High School
Will Brown 15 F 6' 9" 235 Sophomore Dallas, Texas Woodrow Wilson High School
Phillip McDonald 23 G 6' 5" 200 Sophomore Cypress, Texas Cypress Springs High School
Roman Martinez 30 F 6' 6" 185 Senior El Paso, Texas Montwood High School
Matt Staff 41 F 6' 9" 220 Freshman Houston, Texas Memorial High School
Lobo Coach Steve Alford

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR 19 13 19 15 NR NR 23 15 15 12 10 8 8 8  
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR 17 12 17 14 NR NR NR 23 19 15 12 10 8 10 16

2009-2010 Schedule[edit]

Source:[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/03/2009* 1:00 PM New Mexico Highlands The PitAlbuquerque, NM W 98–68  11,465  
Regular season
11/14/2009* 8:00 PM UC Riverside The Pit • Albuquerque, NM W 67–51  11,871 1–0
11/17/2009* 7:00 PM at New Mexico State Pan American CenterLas Cruces, NM
(Rio Grande Rivalry)
AggieVision W 97–87  8,469 2–0
11/20/2009* 8:35 PM Nicholls State The Pit • Alnuquerque, NM
(World Vision Classic)
KASY W 83–59  11,095 3–0
11/21/2009* 8:35 PM Louisiana Tech The Pit • Albuquerque, NM
(World Vision Classic)
KASY W 81–52  11,311 4–0
11/22/2009* 6:00 PM Miami (Ohio) The Pit • Albuquerque, NM
(World Vision Classic)
KASY W 85–60  10,986 5–0
11/27/2009* 10:05 PM at Hawai'i Stan Sheriff CenterHonolulu, HI KASY W 83–71  5,256 6–0
12/02/2009* 7:00 PM California The Pit • Albuquerque, NM CBSCS W 86–78  13,549 7–0
12/05/2009* 7:00 PM New Mexico State The Pit • Albuquerque, NM
(Rio Grande Rivalry)
The Mtn. W 75–58  14,586 8–0
12/09/2009* 1:00 PM at San Diego Jenny Craig PavilionSan Diego, CA KASY W 82–78  1,873 9–0
12/12/2009* 4:00 PM vs. #16 Texas A&M Toyota CenterHouston, TX FSN W 84–81  7,757 10–0
12/16/2009* 7:00 PM Northern Arizona #19 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM W 96–57  13,091 11–0
12/19/2009* 7:00 PM Creighton #19 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM
(MWC-MVC Challenge)
The Mtn. W 66–61  14,333 12–0
12/23/2009* 6:00 PM at Oral Roberts #13 Mabee CenterTulsa, OK KASY L 66–75  5,869 12–1
12/29/2009* 7:00 PM #20 Texas Tech #19 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM CBSCS W 90–75  14,586 13–1
01/01/2010* 7:00 PM Dayton #19 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. W 68–66  14,586 14–1
01/05/2010 8:30 PM at San Diego State #15 Viejas ArenaSan Diego, CA The Mtn. L 64–74  7,558 14–2 (0–1)
01/09/2010 2:00 PM UNLV #15 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM Versus L 62–74  14,586 14–3 (0–2)
01/13/2010 8:00 PM Utah The Pit • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. W 74–57  13,501 15–3 (1–2)
01/16/2010 1:30 PM at Wyoming Arena-AuditoriumLaramie, WY The Mtn. W 70–68  6,146 16–3 (2–2)
01/20/2010 7:00 PM at Air Force Clune ArenaColorado Springs, CO W 73–50  2,156 17–3 (3–2)
01/23/2010 1:30 PM Colorado State The Pit • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. W 82–64  13,707 18–3 (4–2)
01/27/2010 8:00 PM #12 BYU #23 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. W 76–72  14,586 19–3 (5–2)
01/30/2010 4:00 PM at TCU #23 Daniel-Meyer ColiseumFort Worth, TX CBSCS W 73–57  4,827 20–3 (6–2)
02/06/2010 4:00 PM San Diego State #15 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. W 88–86 OT 14,586 21–3 (7–2)
02/10/2010 9:00 PM at #23 UNLV #15 Thomas & Mack CenterParadise, NV CBSCS W 76–66  18,044 22–3 (8–2)
02/13/2010 7:00 PM at Utah #15 Jon M. Huntsman CenterSalt Lake City, UT The Mtn. W 68–65 OT 9,933 23–3 (9–2)
02/17/2010 7:00 PM Wyoming #12 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM CBSCS W 83–61  14,586 24–3 (10–2)
02/20/2010 1:30 PM Air Force #12 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. W 59–56  14,586 25–3 (11–2)
02/23/2010 8:00 PM at Colorado State #10 Moby ArenaFort Collins, CO The Mtn. W 72–66  4,303 26–3 (12–2)
02/27/2010 2:00 PM at #13 BYU #10 Marriott CenterProvo, UT Versus W 83–81  22,644 27–3 (13–2)
03/03/2010 6:30 PM TCU #8 The Pit • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. W 73–66  14,586 28–3 (14–2)
2010 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament
03/11/2010 2:00 PM vs. Air Force #8 Thomas & Mack Center • Paradise, NV
(Quarterfinals)
The Mtn. W 75–69  NA 29–3
03/12/2010 8:00 PM vs. San Diego State #8 Thomas & Mack Center • Paradise, NV
(Semifinals)
CBSCS L 69–72  NA 29–4
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/18/2010* 8:45 PM vs. (E 14) Montana #8 (E 3) HP PavilionSan Jose, CA
(First Round)
CBS W 62–57  15,427 30–4
03/20/2010* 3:50 PM vs. (E 11) Washington #8 (E 3) HP Pavilion • San Jose, CA
(Second Round)
CBS L 64–82  16,044 30–5
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "University Arena Renovations". Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  2. ^ "2009-10 UNM Lobos Schedule". Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02.