New Mexico fans prepare to watch Lobos play in Salt Lake City

Posted at: 03/17/2013 9:43 PM
Updated at: 03/17/2013 10:43 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The New Mexico men’s basketball team will take on the Harvard Crimson in the Big Dance.

The Lobos will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for their first game in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

About 8,000 Lobo fans packed into the Pit on Sunday afternoon for Selection Sunday to learn the news.

Some walked away excited, others disappointed by the three seed the Lobos received.

"I'm kinda disappointed. We should have been at least a two seed," said Morris Rodriguez.

"I don't think New Mexico gets the respect it deserves. They've proved it all year long," said Freddie Martinez.

Asked what the Lobo’s chances are, Karen Freberg said, “Damn good. I think Final Four at least."

But will the Lobo faithful make the trip to Utah to cheer on the cherry and silver?

"No. It's a little too far with two kids," said Carlos Trujillo.

But Morris says he’ll make it, saying “Oh yeah of course. We're going to be there guaranteed."

Here are some options: The non-profit Tix for Kids, which took three busses full of Lobo fans to Vegas will do it again.

This time one bus will take 52 people to Salt Lake City. The travel packages go from $425-$525 per person.

That includes a round trip bus ride, two night hotel and shuttle but no tickets to the game.

"It's such a quick turnaround and it's hard to get everything lined up, guest list out to the hotel an in Salt Lake. Vegas is something we planned for a couple months," said organizer Bobby Aragon.

UNM’s Lobo Club will sell up to 400 tickets. But 350 tickets are already reserved for club members; a benefit UNM says about the $50 a year membership.

There will be about 50 tickets available for students. And after that, the general public might get tickets as well.

“I wish we could I wish I could take my boys but we're not able to. We'll be watching at home though," said Leanne Rodriguez.

You don’t have to go through the Lobo Club for tickets.

You can call the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City or the NCAA to get tickets.

We’re told there are about 4,000 tickets available for the UNM-Harvard game.

Game time is Thursday at 7:45 MT, on TNT.