UNM's Alford Says It's No Fun Facing Mentor and Friend Knight - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/11/07

UNM's Alford Says It's No Fun Facing Mentor and Friend Knight

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No matter where he coaches, New Mexico's Steve Alford ends up with Bob Knight on his schedule. Alford says he doesn't like to play his mentor.

The Lobos and Red Raiders play Saturday in Albuquerque. Knight doesn't like the matchups either, and he's won three of them.

The first two wins came when Knight was at Indiana, where Alford helped him win the last of his three national championships in 1987.

After Knight was fired at Indiana and hired at Texas Tech, the pair split two games.

Alford got his only win against a Knight-coached team in 2004. That's when nationally ranked Iowa routed the Red Raiders, 83-53.

Alford left Iowa for New Mexico, putting himself back on Knight's schedule.

Source: AP

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