The Pit (officially University Arena, but who calls it that?) is one of the top sporting venues in the country. The end of the 1983 NCAA Men’s Basketball title game is considered one of the greatest of all time, and you can see the video of Jim Valvano running around the floor of The Pit looking for a hug every March during NCAA Tournament time.
Last night, actor (and possible future gubernatorial candidate) Val Kilmer took in the Pit when the University of New Mexico took on Oral Roberts. And Kilmer, joined by more than 13,000 fans, got to see the Lobos win 66-63.
“I love college basketball,” Kilmer, who lives in Pecos, told the Albuquerque Journal’s Mark Smith at halftime. “I’ve heard so much about the Pit, and I was really anxious to see a game here. I just hope we can get a streak going in the second half.”
Kilmer definitely got to see a good game, even if it didn’t seem like it in the first half. From the Journal article:
The Lobos tied their second biggest comeback in Pit history and their sixth largest overall by erasing a 15-point deficit.
Oh, and in case you have not seen it enough, you can see the end of the 1983 championship game and Jimmy V running around looking for a hug here.