Fleeing the state's strict restrictions on sports, New Mexico basketball teams seek refuge in two of Texas' worst hot spots

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New Mexico Lobos guard Zane Martin controls the ball in a game against the Air Force Falcons at Clune Arena in Colorado. Feb 26, 2020. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports via REUTERS

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Facing restrictive policies prohibiting team sports, the University of New Mexico’s basketball teams have fled their home state, seeking refuge in Lubbock and Amarillo — two of the hardest hit coronavirus hot spots in Texas.

UNM is relocating both the women’s and men’s teams hoping to take advantage of laxer COVID-19 restrictions in the Lonestar State, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.