MW men’s power rankings

I have really¬†enjoyed the comments and feedback on my weekly MW men’s basketball power rankings. Here’s what I got heading into this week’s MW Tournament.

1. No. 21 San Diego State (24-6, 10-4): The Aztecs won back-to-back road games at Boise State and TCU to capture the first seed in the conference tournament. Impressive late-season run by the Aztecs with only seven scholarship players that see playing time.

2. New Mexico (24-6, 10-4): The Lobos should have and did easily defeat Air Force and Boise State last week. This team isn’t far back from San Diego State, and this is the week their depth should help by having to win three games in three days to win the MW Tournament. I still think this is the team to beat in the tournament.

3. No. 20 UNLV (25-7, 9-5): OK, UNLV probably is the tournament favorite with it being on its home floor. As in the past, there’s not much separation between the top three teams in this conference. I still think this is the most talented team in the MW.

4. Colorado State (10-19, 8-6): Impressive come-from-behind win at home over UNLV and FINALLY its first conference road win at Air Force last week. Now, can CSU show this in Las Vegas at the tournament?

5. TCU (17-13, 7-7): Beat everyone in the MW at least once. Like CSU, can it play the way it has at home in Vegas?

6. Wyoming: 20-10, 6-8): Still playing good defense and inconsistent offensively. Because of its defense, no one wants to play the Cowboys in the postseason. If the offense can be more consistent, UW can be a tough out in the tournament.

7. Air Force (13-15, 3-11): Congratulations to Dave Pilipovich, who had the interim tag removed and will be the Falcons’ full-time coach. Like how he’s used different players since he took over. Team playing with more energy.

8. Boise State (13-16, 3-11): If its shooters get hot this team is dangerous. But injuries, illness and off-the-court issues continue to hurt this team. Better days are coming.

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more on Wyoming and MW basketball, including what other coaches (other than UW’s Larry Shyatt) are saying about UNLV getting to play the conference tournament on its home floor.

5 thoughts on “MW men’s power rankings

  1. Sheesh. A 20 win season, and Wyoming finished the #6 team in the MWC. The entire conference played at a very high level all year. I don’t really think of any of the lower half teams as bottom dwellers. Certainly no easy wins this year.

    • All eight MW teams finished in the upper half of the RPI. Very good league this year.


  2. When wyoming wins the mountain west tourney do you think that MWC will get 5 teams in or will that send CSU packing

    • If UW and CSU play for the tournament title maybe it gets five in your scenario. Still think the Rams need to win at least one game (two to feel safe) to get to the NCAA Tournament. Also depends on upsets in other conference tournaments. The more there are, the more teams like CSU will have to sweat it out.


  3. I think New Mexico is #1 and I would call UNLV #2, seed and record notwithstanding.

    I do not know who is more powerful, CSU or TCU.

    I was just thinking how fun it would be to beat CSU in the tournament championship, but I simply do not see Wyoming getting past New Mexico, even if we beat UNLV. To me, New Mexico is the one team that is a little beyond our reach. Everyone else is a possible win for the Pokes.

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