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V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
Officially the WisePies Arena … but you can call it whatever you want.
Officially the WisePies Arena … but you can call it whatever you want.

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Rio Grande Rivalry Resumes

Lobos win and the Pit gets a new name

Challenges on the heels of a win for Lobo men’s basketball, plus the Pit’s renaming brouhaha.
V.23 No.44 |

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The Daily Word in freaky animals, New Mexico schools and Starbucks

The Daily Word

Police are searching Albuquerque for 10-year-old Alexandra Greenwall of Rio Rancho, who went missing on Wednesday. Contact the authorities if you have any information.

A US Marine and Iraq War veteran in Maryland has been banned from his daughter's school after having a heated argument with the vice principal over his daughter's homework on Islam.

Just a few common-sense tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween.

A woman in the Houston area was sentenced to three years in prison for putting a gun in her son's backpack to get him in trouble.

Starbucks is going to start delivering to select areas in 2015. Looks like that pumpkin spice latte is gonna come to you!

Police in Pennsylvania finally caught Matthew Eric Frein after a 48-day manhunt. Frein is accused of killing a state trooper.

UNM basketball coach Craig Neal has the starting lineup for the team's exhibition game against Western New Mexico.

Police are looking for suspects after a man was shot and killed this morning on Central Avenue. This story is still being updated.

A Legislative Finance Committee report stated that high-poverty schools in New Mexico need better teachers. Not to sound juvenile, but “DUH! That's high-poverty schools everywhere!” I'm done.

A list of freaky lookin' animals to get you squeamish and scared for All Hallows' Eve. Who knows … they may inspire a last-minute costume, no?

V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Sept. 11, 2014

From UNM athletics to t-shirts that didn’t jibe with TEDxABQ, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

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Summer Alternatives

Sports to enjoy right now

With slim pickings in the sports department, late summer is a good time to check out the games that get crowded out at other times of year.
V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014
Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs dunks on Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs dunks on Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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NBA Finals Rematch Set

Two-time defending champions Miami Heat play the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA finals.
V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014

Book Review

Coming Out in the NCAA

The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians

A former Division I NCAA athlete recounts her difficult journey through college sports and fundamentalism as a gay woman.
V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014

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Letters

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V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma
UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma

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University of Connecticut Women's Team Destroys Notre Dame in NCAA Final

But does basketball matter if few people watch?

Are you tired of UConn yet? Too bad, because they keep kicking ass.
V.23 No.14 |
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2014 NCAA Final Four Set

When UNM was tossed from the NCAA Tournament, the Big Dance didn't stop. Last weekend, the tourney was whittled down to the Final Four. The University of Florida Gators, the Wisconsin Badgers, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Connecticut Huskies are the the last four teams left in Division I college basketball. Of these last four teams, there is only one number one seed left: the top team overall, Billy Donovan's crew.

Kentucky has proved the pre-season hype to be justified, defying the odds of an 8 seed. Coach Calipari has coaxed the most out of his powerful, notably Aaron Harrison. Harrison knocked in a 3 ball with 2.3 second left to upset 2-seed Michigan on Sunday night. The Wildcats entered the season with hefty expectations but failed to live up on them for the majority of the slog. With 10 losses, the season could have been seen as a letdown; until March Madness began. After knocking out previously unbeaten Wichita State and intrastate rival Louisville, the team seems to be playing their best ball at the perfect time.

The Connecticut Huskies, on the other hand, may have also been ranked for much of the beginning of the season, but never had the expectations of Big Blue foisted upon them. UConn, content to fly under the radar for much of the season, dominated trendy pre-Tourney pick, Michigan State on Sunday. While the final margin was only six points, UConn seemed to be in control of their destiny for the majority of the game. This has been the case since they needed overtime o take out St. Joe's in the first round of the Tournament. Shabazz Napier, the senior guard from Storrs, has put the team on his back, and his free throws seemed to clinch the game.

The aforementioned, overall number one seed Florida cruised past the previous upset-minded Dayton Flyers. This is nothing new for the Gators, who won it all in 2007 and have been to the Elite Eight for the last three years in a row. Florida's coach, Billy Donovan, has been here before and seems poised – at least mathematically – for a run to the championship.

However, the team that the majority of the nation has rallied around by far is Wisconsin. The Badgers have shown tremendous tenacity and the play of Frank Kaminsky is a big part of their overtime victory against the West Region 1 seed Arizona Wildcats. Although Wisconsin entered the post-season as a 2 seed, most pundits overlooked the team in their predictions of who would be left standing at this time of the year.

The semifinal matches will be played on Saturday night, with both games televised on TBS. The final matchup, for the national championship, will take place on Monday, April 7. If your bracket is busted, take comfort in the knowledge that so is everyone else's and enjoy some quality basketball.

V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Kendall Williams hits a deep (unadvised) three that pretty much seals the game.
Kendall Williams hits a deep (unadvised) three that pretty much seals the game.

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Lobos Win 2014 Mountain West Conference Tournament

Back-to-back-to-back victory earns 7 seed in NCAA tournament

Lobos win the Mountain West Conference and earn a 7 seed in the NCAA tournament—wait, what?
V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
The post-game semi-scuffle between UNM and SDSU begins.
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The post-game semi-scuffle between UNM and SDSU begins.

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Lobos Keep Winning, Winding Down Regular Season

Win streak now stands at five

The University of New Mexico Lobos men's basketball team has had a great month. February, aside from one minor aberration, was a good time for Coach Neal and his squad.
V.23 No.9 |

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The Daily Word in a not-so-dead guy, an epic b-ball shot and Vermont's heroin

The Daily Word

President Barack Obama sheds light on the problems of young minorities in America.

A federal appeals court ruled that it wasn't unconstitutional to ask students to remove shirts with the American flag during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2010 at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill.

You ever watch a movie on Netflix and fall asleep in the middle? And when you wake up, you can't remember where you left off? It looks like some engineers found a solution.

Wanna know what Jaws was like? Some researchers got the scoop

“I was shocked at the depth of addiction here,” James W. Baker, former director of the Vermont State Police, said in regards to Vermont's current heroin “epidemic.”

Just in case you missed the basketball game, watch an Eldorado High School girl score the winning shot from 70 feet away, with only 1.7 seconds on the clock. It's pretty awesome.

A state auditor claims that the Human Services Department cost New Mexico millions of dollars by mismanaging funds.

Albuquerque police are looking for a woman that is stealing from the elderly.

To the Lobo fan who threw a cup at an opposing player at a basketball game … they're coming for you.

A man who was pronounced dead woke up later in a body bag in the morgue … reminds me of that movie Death Becomes Her.

V.22 No.26 |

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The Daily Word in Zimmerman case, NBA draft, banned baby names

The Daily Word

Witness testimonies begin to pour in on Zimmerman case.

I spy a new James Bond plot: Senior Vatican accountant accused of plotting to sneak $26 million in bags of cash into Italy by stashing them away on a private jet, with the help of a former Italian spy.

Former Lobo Tony Snell selected no. 20 by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA draft, joins the pros with fellow Mountain West-ers Jamaal Franklin, Colton Iverson and no. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett.

UK takes step towards controversial 'three-parent baby' fertilization process.

Don't drink the San Juan water.

This list of banned baby names across the globe is surprisingly interesting.

A curious bear broke into a Tennessee zoo.

Woman scares off would-be home intruder with a fake gun.

V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
NBA Finals Preview: Spurs/Heat
NBA Finals Preview: Spurs/Heat

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NBA Finals Begin Tonight

Spurs vs. Heat makes for an interesting match-up

The NBA Finals begin Thursday night when the San Antonio Spurs play in Miami against the Heat. The Spurs, idle for nine days after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies will fight against the idea that they've had too much time to rest. The Heat, who rested only for a third of that time,after grinding out a game seven victory over the Indiana Pacers, look to repeat after winning the Larry O'Brien championship last year.

There are tons of potential plot lines going into these finals, but there's little concrete evidence to aid in a prediction. The teams played only two games during the regular season and they both have enormous asterisks next to their results. Coach Gregg Popovich—himself one of the most interesting subplots insofar as his brusque interview style during games—sent most of his starters home, without notifying the NBA in due time, before the Spurs' visit to Miami on November 29. Then, the JV lineup for the Spurs nearly beat the Heat. And Pop, officially for not giving notice in time, but ostensibly for throwing a nationally broadcast game with the reigning champs, was fined $250,000. David Stern, commissioner of the NBA, said the Spurs organization did a, "disservice to the league and our fans." Fans of the Spurs, on the other hand, saw their second-stringers nearly beat the best team in the league, on their court.

Given the hubbub surrounding their previous match up, when the Heat visited San Antonio four months later, the national media's interest was piqued. This time, the Spurs were near full strength, missing only Manu Ginobili, who sat out with a strained hamstring. The Heat, however, were not. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both out, the Heat still managed to eke out a two-point win in the AT&T Center. It's worth noting that James and Wade were definitely hurt as they had played in the previous game but did not play in the Heat's next, at New York. Coach Pop, feigning surprise and hostility at the news of James and Wade missing the game, was gracious enough to not comment on the fact that the Heat were not fined when their players missed the game.

So, the regular season games are tossed out the window, if not taken with an enormous chunk of salt. What does that leave prognosticators with? James has faced the Spurs in the Finals before. In 2007, when he was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his team was swept by the Spurs. He has acknowledged that he'd love revenge for the loss that came so early in his career. But James was a completely different player and these Heat are not only geographically different from those Cavs - the presence of All-Stars, in Wade and Chris Bosh, a former Finals MVP, again Wade, and the small ball revolution that the Heat fully embraced during last year's championship run - the past history seems just as invalid.

Looking at the paths both teams took results in just as much confusion. The Western Conference was seen as vastly more competitive. But the Spurs swept both their first round opponents, the Lakers, and their Western Conference Finals opponents, the Grizzlies. The Heat were far and away the best team in the East, almost universally assumed to come out on top. After sweeping the first round against the Bucks, though, they gave away a game to Chicago and fought for a five-game victory in that series. Then came the Pacers, who took the Heat to seven games, and had some pundits believing in Indiana's ability to take the series.

So what does it actually come down to? The Heat have the best player in LeBron James. There can be no denying that. But Tim Duncan, the rock of the Spurs for the last sixteen years, is just as good now as he was in the early championship days. The Heat have home court advantage, but the format shifts in the Finals to a 2-3-2, wherein the lower seed gets three games in a row at home. It's a matter of debate who this actually benefits. The Heat will look to run more than they got to against the Pacers, but Tony Parker, point guard for the Spurs, has looked incredible at all speeds. The Heat have the Vegas odds on their side, as well as the majority of the expert picks. They won last year and are a mere four games away from repeating. The Finals start tonight at 7 MST and all games are broadcast on ABC.

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