We are doing a project at the paper on the history of the Pan American Center.
What an incredible basketball venue. The Pan Am has seen mostly solid, to good to great teams play their over the years. Quite amazing.
NMSU has had only two losing seasons on their home floor. Two! That's insane. The building's been open for 40 years!
The program was top notch in the 70s. It went to a Final Four. It was strong. You can see how lifelong Aggie fans would have a high set of standards for their hoops team. How could you not if you have followed the program for their 40-year existence in the Pan Am?
The basketball tradition is strong at NMSU. There is a standard that was set a long time ago. For a mid-major school, I think it's impressive.