Hoops for Hope Game Gives Davie Early Start on Lobo-Aggie Rivalry

March 1, 2013

SANTA FE, N.M. - Never let it be said that University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie isn't willing to compete against the New Mexico State Aggies anywhere, anytime, or in any sport.

Especially when it's for a good cause.

Davie will lend his coaching talents tonight to members of the New Mexico State Legislature on the hardwood when his Senate Lobos take on the House Aggies - headed by first-year New Mexico State football coach Doug Martin - in the annual Hoops for Hope legislative basketball game at Santa Fe High School.

The game raises awareness and money for cancer treatment and research. All proceeds benefit the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

Though the game is meant to be for fun, Davie admits a certain amount of pressure exists in coaching the game.

"I was introduced to it last year, and I thought it was going to be a glorified pickup game," UNM's second-year coach said. "It was a little more competitive and serious than I thought it was going to be.

"These legislators have been in serious decision-making mode and the game is a great release for them, but they get after it."

Davie says the House team won by one or two points last year, but the "Aggies" did have the advantage of being coached by an actual basketball coach - former NMSU mentor Lou Henson.

"It's Lobos vs. Aggies, now, so that adds something to the game," Davie said. "Plus, we're supposed to be favored."

Like any good coach, Davie will delegate some of the strategic responsibilities during the game.

"I'm going to have Senator Michael Sanchez either be the head coach or at least in charge of the offense," the defensive-minded Davie said.

Last year's game raised more than $26,000, which is at the heart of Davie's eagerness to participate.

"The thing that stuck with me last year was how many of our senators and representatives that were affected by cancer through family or friends," Davie said. "It's going to be a lot of fun, and the money goes to a tremendous cause."

The UNM Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state. The UNM Cancer Center treats more than 65 percent and virtually all of the children affected by cancer.

Tip-off at Santa Fe High (2100 Yucca Road, Santa Fe, N.M.) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.