Lobo Men's Basketball Team To Don 'Old School' Look

Feb. 6, 2012

This Saturday at 1:30 p.m., in The Pit, your New Mexico men's basketball team will be wearing something special and something different when the Lobos play host to Wyoming in Mountain West action.

Coach Steve Alford's Lobos will be wearing "Old School Saturday" uniforms. While this uniform is not a direct replica, it will honor the proud tradition and history of Lobo basketball over three decades of excellence. UNM also will be playing pregame music from all three eras: 1960, 1970 and 1980.

Some of the many, many Lobos reflected in that nostalgic three-decade salute to former Johnson Gym and Pit heroes include names such as Ira Harge, Mel Daniels, Ron Nelson, Willie Long, Dick "Boo" Ellis, Greg "Stretch" Howard, Ron Becker, Tommy Roberts, Willie Banks, Francis Grant, Kenny Page, Rob Robbins, Hunter Greene, Phil Smith, Luc Longley, Kelvin Scarborough, Johnny Brown, Ike Williams, Rob Loeffel, Marvin Johnson and Michael Cooper - just to name a few.

Maybe the best thing about these uniforms is that the multifaceted design can be purchased beginning Tuesday in The Lobo Den Store in The Pit and online at http://loboden.unm.edu).  The Lobo Den Store (open Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to tip-off) is offering both replica "Old School Saturday" jerseys as well as T-shirts. Lobo fans are encouraged to wear their old school gear to Saturday's game.

The "Old School Saturday" uniforms will be utilizing an old-school logo (think Bob King). This logo is part of UNM's vintage line that was used by the Lobos' in the 1960s.  This logo and the evolution of the Lobo logo can be seen in a display located on the East side of University Arena.  Check out the display and then hit the Lobo Den Store!

The design of the "Old School Saturday" jersey is sure to bring back memories to longtime Lobo fans as well as excite newer Lobo fans.  The uniforms include the color turquoise (think Norm Ellenberger and Gary Colson), have an outline of the state of New Mexico, and also incorporates a design of the Sandia Mountains, which border our beautiful city on its East side. 

"This is a great chance to not only honor the tremendous history of Lobo basketball but also provide our student-athletes and our fans an opportunity to continue to show their Lobo pride," said Alford.

"There are many schools out there that utilize different uniforms as a way to showcase their programs, but there are few programs that can match the tradition of Lobo basketball.  We take great pride in representing our school colors of cherry and silver, but this gave an opportunity to showcase that old school logo while adding some turquoise, which was also a school color in the past."          

The Lobos played basketball in Johnson Gym in the 1960s before moving into The Pit in 1966.