The second-round match is set: No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 11 Washington at about 3 p.m. Saturday at HP Pavilion and on CBS.
After the Lobos struggled past Montana, coach Steve Alford was asked what he knows about the Huskies:
"Very little," he said. "I went outside twice and saw three or four minutes of (their win over Marquette). ... They look good walking down the hall. They're a good-looking athletic bunch. Coach Romar has done a great job of getting these guys. They had a good state, and then they fell on hard times, and they finished the season as well as anybody. And they get down (15 points in the second half to Marquette) and find a way to win. Really good teams do that.
"Lorenzo is a dear friend. He's a terrific person. He does it the right way. So it will be a great match-up. They're out of the Pac-10, but we'll go to work tonight and figure out a gameplan. And we've got to get healthy. We're banged up, and we're not real deep right now, so we've got to find a way to get healthy."
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Meanwhile, here's a look at the Lobos:
THE HUSKIES’S NCAA SECOND ROUND OPPONENTNEW MEXICO (30-4)
School location: Albuquerque, N.M. Coach: Steve Alford, 76-25 in third season as head coach at New Mexico. He is 384-208 in his 19th season as a collegiate head coach. He is 4-4 in the NCAA tournament. Alford was just named MWC coach of the season for the second consecutive season.How the Lobos got here: They won the MWC regular season with a 14-2 record – losing their first two conference games winning the rest. However, they lost to San Diego State, 72-69, in the Mountain West tournament. They received an at-large bid, a No. 3 seeding, and advanced to the second round Thursday with a 62-57 win over Montana. Outlook: The Lobos loss in their conference tournament ended a 15-game winning streak. They entered the NCAA tournament ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll. They have set school records for wins (30). … The Lobos are 13-2 away from home and 24-1 when leading at halftime. … This is the Lobos’ 12 NCAA tournament (6-12) and first since 2005. They hadn’t won a game in the tournament since 1999 and have never won more than one NCAA tournament game since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. … New Mexico used the same starting lineup in every game this season. Junior guard Darington Hobson was named MWC player of the year. He is the first Lobo to lead the team in scoring, rebounding and assists in a single season. Junior guard Dairese Gary ranks seventh in school history in assists and has averaged 19.9 points in the five games heading into this tournament. Senior forward Romar Martinez is sixth at UNM in 3-point field goals made and 10th in rebounding.
No. Starters Pos. Height Class Key stat00 A.J. Hardeman F 6-8 So. 5.6 rpg1 Darington Hobson G 6-7 Jr. 16.2 ppg5 Dairese Gary G 6-1 Jr. 12.7 ppg23 Phillip McDonald G 6-5 So. 10.7 ppg30 Roman Martinez F 6-6 Sr. 13.8 ppgNo. Key subs Pos. Height Class Key stat11 Nate Garth G 6-2 So. 4.2 ppg15 Will Brown F 6-8 So. 4.3 ppg
The winner advances to the Sweet 16 in Syracuse, N.Y.