Newswise — To mark National Cancer Prevention Month, The University of New Mexico Men’s and Women’s basketball teams hope to pack the house with pink in coming weeks in honor of breast cancer survivors and fighters.

The women’s game will tip off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, against Boise State and the Men’s game will tip off at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, against Utah State.

Lobos Love Pink games raise awareness about breast cancer. Sponsored by UNM Athletics and the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, the games help to remind members of the community to get their mammograms. Breast cancer screening is important because mammograms can detect tumors before cancer symptoms arise, says Ursa Brown-Glaberman, MD, who co-leads the breast cancer treatment team at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 1,570 New Mexico women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in 2020. Brown-Glaberman says that raising awareness through events like Lobo Basketball games is essential in conveying the importance of breast cancer screenings.  

Both basketball games will be held in UNM’s Dreamstyle Arena, 111 University Blvd. SE. Fans can purchase tickets in advance at or by calling the Lobo Ticket Office at 505-925-LOBO. Fans wearing pink to the games can purchase discounted tickets at the door.