The national spotlight hit University of New Mexico athletics from several angles in 1978-79, but none focused as bright as the acquisition of the 1983 NCAA basketball finals. Hard work molded the dream into reality and after the NCAA committee had witnessed a persuading presentation and the flawless operation of the 1978 Far West Regional Basketball Tournament held at University Arena, they awarded the 1983 finals to Albuquerque over Seattle and Denver, both which boasted larger facilities.
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University of New Mexico. "Annual Report of the University, 1978-1979, Volumes 1-4." (1979). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_annual_reports/31