MW men’s power ratings

Three teams tied for first, two teams tied for seventh and a mess in between.

That’s how the Mountain West men’s basketball standings look heading into the final week of the regular season.

“This conference is crazy. You have three teams tied for first when at the start of last week you didn’t think that was feasible,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said during Monday’s MW coach’s teleconference.

Here is my power rankings this week, and as always, would love to hear your feedback:

1. No. 17 UNLV (24-6, 8-4): Wins over Boise State and Air Force were expected last week, but the Rebels played the best basketball of anyone last week. Big game at Colorado State Wednesday.

2. No. 21 San Diego State (22-6, 8-4): The Aztecs held home court win close wins over Wyoming and Colorado State last week. This is the toughest team in the MW in terms of mindset. Not deep and little margin for error, but the Aztecs just find ways to win.

3. New Mexico (22-6, 8-4): I still think this is the best and deepest team in the MW, but a 19-point loss at TCU last Saturday and a road loss at CSU drops them this week. The Lobos should get well this week with home games with Air Force and Boise State.

4. TCU (17-11, 7-5): Just one game out of first place and coming off its most impressive week since joining the MW with a road win over Air Force and a home win over previoulsy ranked New Mexico. This team is athletic and dangerous. Will see if it can win back-to-back road games at Wyoming Tuesday to keep the momentum rolling.

5. Colorado State (17-10, 6-6): The Rams are the only winless team on the road in league play, which will likely keep them out of the an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. But at home, CSU is awful good and Wednesday’s game with UNLV at Moby Arena/Gym should be a good one.

6. Wyoming (19-9, 5-7): Snapped a four-game losing streak last Saturday with a 10-point home win over Boise State. Even during the losing streak the Cowboys played well at times and were in every game. Still one of the better defensive teams in the country. The offense needs to be more consistent.

7. Air Force (13-13, 3-9): Playing better basketball for interim coach Dave Pilipovich. More players stepping up at different times.

8. Boise State (13-14, 3-9): Injuries and off-the-court issues have hurt the Broncos all season. Still a team that can pull off an upset with a wide range of perimeter shooters.

11 thoughts on “MW men’s power ratings

  1. I think it can be argued that this conference has the most good teams this year. All of them are playing at a very high level, and all of them seem very well coached. Tournament time is going to be very interesting, to say the least.

  2. I think this league deserves 5 bids to the tourney this year. Too bad the NCAA will rip us off with 3.

    • Three bids for sure. A fourth will be tough. Someone other than New Mexico, UNLV or San Diego State need to win the tournament. Will be interesting to see who else gets at-large bids from bigger leagues.

      RG

  3. regardless if we get 3 or 4 in the NCAA, the NIT will be just as good for us. I think we get 3 in the NCAA and 3 in the NIT.. MWC will be very hard to stop this year.

  4. I think power rating are for mid week nothing to talk about ideas developed by the press. Conference championmship importance is a thing of the past so who care about standing other than placement at Las Vegas. Avoid playing UNLV, any year, until the last game should be every coaches stratergy. We talk about home court advantage and give it to the Rebs. Why(?), fans like to gamble or just get out of the cold in March. My power statement is Rebs win the “turnee” getting the best NCAA placement.. Maybe in the future Reno could host the “turnee” Tonight is are best chance at a “20” season but playing the rebs on their court the last game of the year should help us at “turnee time”

  5. Why do you have Vegas over New Mexico? Is it only because of CSU’s win over the Lobos in Fort Collins? Given how the Rams have played down there this year, is it reasonable to expect any team to get a win in Moby Gym? Is it reasonable to downgrade any team because of a loss down there?

    Personally, I think that the Pokes are still the #6 team in terms of power rating, but I do not think that the distance from #6 to #3 is as great as it was at the end of January.

  6. Most of the team are playing at a high level with the exception of BSU… I don;’t think they have a quality win against any of the top teams do they…. the rest have at least 1 win. I think 7 will go to the post season…. BSu left out. Sorry big east..oooops WAC

    • Boise won a lot of games early before all its injuries, but nothing of real note or significance.

      RG

      • I think BSU beat CSU, whom WILL get a bid RG….shows how far the Pokes have risen. A couple baskets through 4 competitive games and Shyatt would have shocked the basketball world. Great season for the Cowboys, and I anticipate an emotion packed game and V tonight. Proud of this senior core of kids that new nothing but misery under Shroyer and Langley. They are true champions.

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