Amidst a series of debatable decisions, the University of New Mexico looks to retain a respectable start and finish for each of the sports' programs. While there are many mentionable programs, the attention usually seems to rest on the lap of the UNM Men's Basketball Team, who have recently provided much-needed revenue for a struggling athletic department.
The last few seasons have been somewhat unfavorable; however, UNM ended its previous one with a strong 6-1, and a nearly conference-clinching season. This time around, coach Paul Weir seeks to silence critics with a young Lobo team, which welcomes back most of last year's roster, as well as a handful of highly acclaimed recruits from around the nation.
Along with the start to the season, UNM hosts its second-annual Cherry & Silver game on Friday, October 19, in Dreamstyle Arena—The Pit—at 6pm. This event doesn't only include the inviting atmosphere, it promotes a season-opener for our local favorites. “Making The Pit the legendary atmosphere it is known for is something we began to tap into towards the end of last season,” head coach Paul Weir said in an interview published at golobos.com.
Tickets to the event are $2 for general admission, while students, season-ticket holders and Lobo Club Level and US Bank Level members will be welcomed free-of-charge. Weir followed up by stating, "We are hoping this year we can kick it off from the first day out and joining up with football the following day is an added benefit to continue to help all of Lobo Athletics grow.”
Proceeds for the opening-event will support the Send-A-Kid campaign—a program focused on aiding low-income families to allow their children to experience a child-like camp environment. “It has been a long wait since last March to get back on the basketball court,” Weir added, continuing, “The entire team is anxious to get this season started and chart our new course. We have many new members to our team who either just joined us or were sitting out last season as transfers. Putting all these pieces together is fun and we can't wait to share that with our fans.”
WHAT: Lobo Men's Basketball Cherry & Silver Game
WHERE: Dreamstyle Arena—The Pit
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 19: Tip off 6pm (gates open at 4pm)