New Mexico Lobos
The most prominent enduring feature of the Lobo basketball program is its home venue, The Pit, one of the best recognized college basketball arenas in the country. The Pit opened in 1966, and the Lobos have been dominant in the building, winning over eighty percent of their games there. The arena has frequently hosted NCAA tournament games, including the 1983 NCAA Final Four that featured one of the most memorable finishes in tournament history.
Lobo basketball first achieved national prominence after Bob King became head coach in 1962. Under King the Lobos became a consistent winner and produced future ABA MVP Mel Daniels. The Lobos won the Western Athletic Conference championship in 1964 and 1968, making frequent appearances in national rankings. The team reached the NIT tournament final in 1964 and received its first bid to the NCAA tournament in 1968. The program had continued success after King, winning WAC titles in 1974, 1978, and 1994, winning the conference tournament in 1993 and 1996, and regularly earning post-season tournament bids.
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