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Sting of upset drives New Mexico, Stanford savors end of NCAA drought

  • New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow dunks the ball during practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in St. Louis. New Mexico is scheduled to play against Stanford in a second-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow dunks the ball during practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in St. Louis. New Mexico is scheduled to play against Stanford in a second-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Mexico head coach Craig Neal watches during practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in St. Louis. New Mexico is scheduled to play against Stanford in a second-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    New Mexico head coach Craig Neal watches during practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in St. Louis. New Mexico is scheduled to play against Stanford in a second-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow passes around head coach Craig Neal, right, during practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in St. Louis. New Mexico is scheduled to play against Stanford in a second-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow passes around head coach Craig Neal, right, during practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in St. Louis. New Mexico is scheduled to play against Stanford in a second-round game on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

New Mexico players and coaches know from experience not to take anything for granted.

The same goes for Stanford, for different reasons.

The Lobos (27-6) were one and done as a No. 3 seed last March, taken down by Harvard. The Mountain West tournament champions are No. 7 in the Midwest Regional but would be firmly grounded in any case.

As for the 10th-seeded Cardinal, it's been a long wait to get to this point. The school is making its first NCAA appearance since 2008.

Dawkins' signature accomplishment in six seasons at Stanford (21-12) is an NIT title last season. His team is not peaking by any means, having lost four of seven.