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New Mexico May Cancel UTEP Basketball Rivalry Over A Petty Issue

New Mexico and UTEP have played each other 141 times in basketball dating back to their days as conference members in the WAC, and now current Lobo coach Steve Alford is not in favor of continuing the rivalry over a dispute about a shoot around time during a NIT tournament game at the The Pit last year.

The two coaching staffs got in a verbal spat over the warm up times and both sides took their shots to the media after the incident. UTEP head coach Tim Floyd is still in favor of continuing the series even after the incident:

"I think we should play every year until they take the air out of the basketball. We come up here next (season) because it's important to the fans of the programs."

It is a shame that this longstanding rivalry -- dating back to 1929 -- will go to the wayside because of an issue over what time a team was to practice. Hope this is a very short intermission in this rivalry.

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