ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico's hopes for an NCAA basketball bid this coming season will have to follow a road through Washington, Oklahoma and Texas.
New Mexico's schedule for the 1987-88 season will include those non-conference opponents, all of whom the Lobos will face on the road, as well as a home game against Arizona.
This season's schedule was upgraded after New Mexico went 25-9 last season but failed to get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection committee pointed to what it considered a weak schedule as the primary reason the Lobos were left out of the NCAA field last March.
New Mexico Athletic Director Dr. John Koenig, who assumed that position in June, said he supports a tougher schedule.
"You want to be competitive and play people who are of top-notch caliber," said Koenig. "You can't be playing people who are I-AA or Division II and expect to catch the eye of the NCAA basketball committee. That was evident last year."