Mountain West Making its Mark

Mountain West Making its Mark

By Wayne Root:

Colorado State visits UNLV Wednesday Night in a high profile game in the constantly improving Mountain West Conference. I've always told you that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT loves the Mountain West because the games are played right in my backyard. The rest of the nation is starting to love the MWC too.

  • Respected computer ratings systems have the Mountain West equal to the Pac 12 this year. I've watched a lot of games from both conferences...and I definitely agree. In fact, if the two leagues formed one of those mega-conferences, you might be surprised how many of the top contenders were from the Mountain West!

  • Those same respected computer ratings systems have the Mountain West superior to the SEC right now. Nobody is suggesting that a Mountain West team is better than Florida. But, the rest of the SEC is so weak that it's the MWC that gets the nod even with teams like Fresno State and Nevada pulling them down this season.

It used to be that you had "The Big Six" major conferences from football, and the Mountain West was one of the "best of the rest" along with the Missouri Valley, the Horizon, and the Atlantic 10. No longer. The Mountain West is one of the big six, and better than the other mid-majors by a good bit.

Let me give you a brief synopsis of the four teams you're most likely to see in the Big Dance...

NEW MEXICO: Currently in first place in the standings with a 9-2 record, and currently projected for a #3 seed in Bracketology over at ESPN. As high as I am on the league in general, that may be a bit much for New Mexico. This team has been disappointing in recent postseasons...and may be in line to follow that same path. There are spots on the schedule where I will gladly load up on Steve Alford's group. But, the media and the markets tend to overrate them late in a season.

COLORADO STATE: The hidden power in my view in the conference. They'll bring an 8-2 record into Wednesday Night's game at UNLV. If you look at the average victory margin though, they're actually a few points higher than New Mexico. This team hustles and is fantastic at rebounding. This is my darkhorse to go deep in the Dance. The Rams are as good as the media thinks New Mexico is!

SAN DIEGO STATE: Some tough losses have this team down at 6-5 in conference play. They could easily have won at Colorado State last week. They're going to be a dangerous darkhorse in the Dance because of their defense and rebounding. This is a value team in big games in terms of market expectations.

UNLV: I have to say I'm disappointed in the Rebels this year. I thought they'd be better than 6-5 at this stage of the season. They've had some very bad road games...which is a bad omen for the Big Dance because you don't get to play at home. The talent is here to make a statement in March. Is the poise and maturity? I could see myself on or against this team with a big play or two come tournament time depending on the type of opponent they're matched up against.

Wednesday: Colorado State at UNLV
Saturday: New Mexico at Colorado State
February 27: San Diego State at New Mexico

This is why it's such a big week in the Mountain West. Colorado State will be tested Wednesday...the two best teams in the league play Saturday...but then NOBODY amongst the top four will play each other after February 27! That should allow everyone a chance to create momentum-building winning streaks that will impress the selection committee.

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