New Mexico plays for the nation

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — The New Mexico State University and University of New Mexico men’s basketball teams made New Mexicans proud this past weekend playing in the NCAA tournament.

Both were out of the tourney by the time the weekend was over, but they fought hard and received favorable recognition for their efforts and fan support.

One CBS announcer noted that the campus of Montana University, UNM’s first opponent, had been declared by Rolling Stone as the nation’s most scenic. The other announcer noted that the sun setting on the Sandias was quite a sight too. The same can be said of the Organs overlooking Las Cruces.

My vote for the most scenic campus goes to Pepperdine University in the steep hills overlooking Malibu Beach, Calif. It occasionally has some decent men’s or women’s basketball teams also.

UNM received some extra recognition for coach Steve Alford being one of four finalists for national coach of the year and for celebrities in the San Jose, Calif., crowd such as Gov. Bill Richardson and former New Mexicans Colleen and Gavin Maloof.

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