Even the University of New Mexico Sports Information staff couldn't resist the temptation.
They began this week's basketball press release with the bold headline, "Longley-Bradley II" - trying to hype Thursday night's rematch of the WAC'a tallest, most-publicized players.If this had been boxing, though, the first match between Luc Longley, the 7-foot-2 Lobo from Australia, and Shawn Bradley, the 7-6 Cougar from Castle Dale, wouldn't have warranted a rematch. The senior Longley dominated the freshman Bradley a month ago in Provo, scoring 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds while Bradley managed seven points - his second-lowest total of the season - and five rebounds.
While Longley was focusing on Bradley, however, BYU forward Steve Schreiner ran amok in the low post, scoring 30 points and pulling down 18 rebounds.
This time, sports information hype notwithstanding, the Lobos are a lot more concerned with Schreiner than with Bradley.
"The first game, I really didn't know who he (Schreiner) was," said Lobo forward Vladimir McCrary, the man who will probably begin the game with the assignment of pushing Schreiner away from the basket.
Longley, who is expected to guard Schreiner when Bradley is out, said, "He (Schreiner) showed us that he is a real player. We would be crazy if we weren't a lot more concerned with him."
The Lobos faced the Cougars without starting guard Willie Banks, who hurt his left knee against Utah a couple weeks ago. He has been replaced in the starting lineup by Marvin McBurrows, who isn't the offensive threat that Banks was.
Another newcomer to the Lobo starting lineup since the game in Provo is Kurt Miller, the 6-3 Ben Lomond High star who is a smallish power forward. His return to a starting assignment just happens to coincide with New Mexico's rebound from a 1-4 WAC start.
New Mexico (17-7 overall, 7-5 WAC) is in fourth place, four games behind league-leader Utah and two behind BYU (15-10, 9-3).