The New Mexico Lobos Are Back Home and Better Than Ever

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Sports Illustrated

By Kevin Sweeney The state doesn’t have any professional sports, so the community rallies behind Richard Pitino and the Lobos basketball team, which is staging a comeback. The heart of the state of New Mexico sits a mile above sea level but 37 feet below the ground, in a bunker-like structure that comes to life for basketball games on winter nights. The Pit is the center of the sports universe in New Mexico, a state without a major professional sports team that instead rallies like few others around its college basketball team, the Lobos. New Mexico is one of few places (think Kentucky, Indian…

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