It was a good day for national exposure for the University of New Mexico and even a better day for Steve Alford and his Mountain West Champion New Mexico Lobos as they were handed a No. 5 seed and shipped to Portland, Ore.
Thursday, the Lobos will battle Long Beach State, the No. 12 seed.
The value for a program falling into the NCAA bracket was reflected even before the NCAA Selection show began on CBS. Alford was the last live interview heading into the national show.
The Lobos didn’t have to wait long as his team was called early in the show.