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.