This is another opportunity. This season, the Lobos have been pretty good taking advatage of opportunities. They beat UConn in the Virgin Islands. They went to Cincinnati and beat the Bearcats. That was good. They beat UNLV in the MWC opener at the Pit. Good. While they've had three setbacks, they've been lucky and they've earned their wins. Lucky has to be the word when the winning margin is so slim. There's also some skill involved. Clearly. The Lobos truly are balanced and have all the components.
Now the potential. While their two terrible halfs (@ St. Louis and @ San Diego State) have colored their resume darkly, New Mexico is on the verge of a steep climb up the polls as it seems the elite teams are losing at a more rapid rate than normal. The top 10 are unstable. That's putting it mildly. If New Mexico were to go to Las Vegas and beat the Runnin' Rebels, I think there are arguments for a Top 10 ranking. No doubt. When compared with teams like Ohio State, Kansas State, and several others, the Lobos' resume is stronger. There is even argument that the Lobos can be considered as a Top 5 teams...but they have to keep winning. The coaches and the writers are still doubtful that the Lobos are as good as their top 5 RPI and SoS. Anyone who follows basketball knows that the Lobos have their work cut out for them at UNLV. UNLV is in a similar situation as was San Diego State, when their backs were against the wall and we know what happened at Viejas Arena. This time New Mexico knows they have to play well against one of the most talented teams in the country. If they come out with a win, the entire tables of the Mountain West Conference will turn in favor of the Lobos.
New Mexico is poised to skyrocket up the polls and has the potential to be ranked near the top of college basketball.