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Tag:San Diego State
Posted on: January 31, 2013 7:00 am
 

#20 New Mexico has an opportunity...again

A ranked New Mexico team is not a good thing.  At least not so far in the 2013 season.  They just can't take success.  One ranked, they lose.  Sometimes losing big.  Well, they have another opportunity.  The Sports writers gave New Mexico the benefit of the doubt after the Lobos went into Viejas arena at San Diego State and seemed to forget how to play the game.  It was so lopsided, that even the homerist of homers was wondering.   fully expected the Lobos to drop out of the rankings altogether after the drubbing.  Let's be honest, the reason the Lobos are still ranked is mostly about the rest of the top 25 lost their games in the same week.  You don't always have to outrun the bear...as long as you outrun the guy next to you.    

Well, here they are again ranked #20 and just having won @ Wyoming along with 5 teams who outrank them in the teens just losing, they're back in the 15 range- especially only needing to go home and beat Nevada at the Pit.  Well, it may not be too easy given the Lobos' apparent affinity for playing close games.  Although it sounds trite, Nevada is better than their record would suggest.  They have the ability to win at the Pit...but boy, I hope the kids on the Lobos understand that.  Vegas does.  While other powerhouse teams are being favored by 17 or even 25+ at home, the Lobos line will certainly be lucky to break double digits at -10.  

Now in the driver's seat in the MWC at 5-1, New Mexico simply needs to win at home and play well away...which is exactly what they've been doing.  They are in the discussion as one of the better teams in the country- mostly because of their sky-high RPI earned against UConn, Cincinnati, UNLV, and a large group of teams who are playing well.  Now all they need to do is continue their success and they'll be in good shape and, for a team who has won most of their games in nail-biters, are sporting one of the best resumes of any Lobo team in history.  
 
Posted on: December 25, 2012 8:18 am
 

Mountain West Christmas week opportunity

So, do you have game or not?  That is the question.  If the Mountain West is any good, then it has the opportunity to prove it on the court this week.  Put up or shut up, right?

Everyone knows that unless you're in the Big 10, the Big East, or the ACC, that you absolutely must play (well) outside your conference to gain any respect.  That is true for the teams out west and doubly true for the teams in the Mountain West conference.  Few fans or those in the college basketball profession know much about any teams in the MWC, and they'd be happy to never learn, but this week provides an unmistakable opportunity for the MWC.

This week presents an undeniable stage for the Mountain West conference to make some kind of a statement, as there are four big games that will feature teams from the MWC.  The trouble is that for many, these games will solidify any generalizations already made.  The decks are most certainly stacked against the MWC in all of these games.  The fact is that all four of these featured games involve a MWC team going into a hostile, and in many cases, storied venue where the home team has a significant advantage.  Such is the face of opportunity.  

This year, the Mountain West conference is one of the nation's top conferences with 7 of 9 teams with only 2 or fewer losses to date.  Most rank the conference in the top 4 this season- some as high as #2- in the country.  There are four teams in the MWC who are either ranked or who are knocking at the door.  (NOTE:  In case you want some proof the MWC is under-respected, when New Mexico lost its first game, it dropped 10 spots this week)  The missing piece is that few fans back East, or those in the national media, get the opportunity to watch these western teams play.  For better or for worse, this week, that will change.


New Mexico @ Cincinnati- The Lobos are coming off their first loss at the Pit to Nate Wolters and South Dakota St.  They will be visiting the Big East's leading team, the Cincinnati Bearcats, who have won all 12 of their games this year- most in dramatic style.

Air Force @ Florida-  8-2 Air Force will travel to meet a very talented Florida team coming off a loss @ Kansas State.   Although Florida has lost two games, many pick them to be a national contender in March.  The Falcons will bring one of the nation's top guards, Michael Lyons to town.

SDSU @ Arizona- Anyone who knows the McKale center in Tucson knows the challenge of winning at Arizona.  This year, undefeated and 4th ranked, Arizona looks like they're back.  SDSU's Jamaal Franklin is one of those rare players who can carry his team to victory, but their work is cut out for them against a loaded Arizona team.

UNLV @ North Carolina-  Last season, it looked as though North Carolina's season was over early when it was beaten in Las Vegas.  This is a revenge game in one of America's toughest places to play at Chapel Hill.  Given UNLV's performance to date, this could be more of a test for North Carolina, who will face perhaps the best frontcourt in the nation when they play the Runnin' Rebels, even withough Mike Moser.  Although many have said that this Tarheel team isn't good, who wants to face them at their home or who wants to draw their name in March?  Yeah, I thought so.
 
 
 
 
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