What-to-know tourney previews: Mountain West
Can UNLV finally get it going? Can New Mexico move up to the No. 2 line?
1. Can UNLV Rebels finally get it going?
The Runnin' Rebels are one of the top five teams in the nation in terms of pure overall talent. However, Dave Rice's team has underachieved this season, even losing to Fresno State Bulldogs at home in the regular-season finale. Mike Moser hasn't been himself all year long after suffering multiple injuries, and Marshall Thundering Herd " data-canon="Anthony Marshall" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_PLAYER" id="shortcode0"> hasn't been consistent in his role as the team's point guard. However, this team can be extremely dangerous -- if it can figure it out. However, time is running out.
2. Can New Mexico Lobos move up to the No. 2 line?
Possibly, but the Lobos will need to win the league tourney and also need some help. Right now Steve Alford's team is a likely No. 3 seed, but depending on what happens with teams like Florida Gators , Michigan Wolverines , Michigan State Spartans , Ohio State Buckeyes State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> and Miami in their league tourneys, UNM still has a shot.
3. Is anyone on the bubble heading into the tourney?
New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State and Colorado Buffaloes State are all virtual locks and playing for seeds. Boise State Broncos tied San Diego State Aztecs for fourth in the league and has already won 21 games. Leon Rice's team has knocked off Creighton Bluejays on the road, and also beaten UNLV, San Diego State and Colorado State Rams in league play. Boise should be a lock as well, giving the league five bids.
Schedule: All games at Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas; March 12 (first round); March 13 (quarterfinals); March 15 (semifinals); March 16 (championship).
Title game: Saturday, March 16, at 6 p.m. ET on CBS (at Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas).
THREE BEST PLAYERS
- Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)
- Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
- Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
Conference RPI: 1
KenPom.com rating: 3
Sagarin rating: 5
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