March 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Impress your friends tonight with these Lobo stats and facts
Fox in a Forest
Todd Eric Lovato is a Santa Fe native, the managing editor of SantaFe.com, an award-winning musician and an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome.
If you’re like many casual sports fans, the UNM Lobos men’s basketball team’s journey into the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is exciting but still somewhat daunting, with 32 teams still competing in four locales throughout the country for a chance to compete for a national championship.
Each March, millions of people fill out brackets to try and predict the outcome of the Big Dance – 5.9 million filled out ESPN brackets this year alone. There are no documented reports of anyone ever filling out a perfect bracket and the odds of filling out a perfect bracket are said to be 1 in 18,446,744,073,709,551,616.
But while filling out a halfway decent NCAA bracket may be one of the most difficult exercises in the history of spectator sports, knowing a little something about tonight’s matchup between the Lobos and the Louisville Cardinals is a snap. The Lobos have released a “stat/flash notes” cheat sheet just prior to tonight’s game. Below are some highlights. Read them. Commit to memory and impress even your most cherry and silver-clad friends tonight during the game by casually dropping bon mots like “Did you know the Lobos are 24 - 1 this season when shooting 40 percent or better from the field?” or “Gordon’s 31 double‐doubles is the fourth‐most in Mountain West history. And Gordon has only been playing for New Mexico for a season and a half.”
Mariann Lovato contributed to this report.