The University of New Mexico intercollegiate athletic program made a major splash on the national scene in 1977-78 with 13 Lobos earning All-America honors and the UNM basketball team achieving its best finish ever. Additionally, one of the biggest highlights of the school year for New Mexico was the hosting of the 1978 N.C.A.A. Far West Regional Basketball Tournament, March 16 and 18. The two-day tournament, which drew praise on national television from commentators Al McGuire and Dick Enberg, had the best attendance of the four regional tournaments in 1978. The 35,894 who attended the Far West Regional at University Arena meant that nearly half a million fans witnessed Lobo athletic events and those hosted by the University in 1977-78 (485,952).
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University of New Mexico. "Annual Report of the University, 1977-1978, Volumes 1-4." (1978). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_annual_reports/52