Despite the recent loss, Boise State still is bound for another postseason run, surprise surprise.
It won’t be the case this coming up basketball season. Before the sighs kick in, realize this: the Mountain West reigns as one of the more supreme college basketball conferences in the NCAA.
Yes, I’m talking about being in contention with the conferences such as the ACC and Big East in monopolizing collegiate basketball powerhouses.
It may not be receiving the big names like a Kentucky or a Kansas would, but boy can some of these schools play some serious hoops.
Let’s start off with the two major names in the MWC: UNLV and San Diego State. Both have seen better days on the gridiron but for what it’s worth, they redeem themselves through Top 25 rankings, especially as of recently.
UNLV heads into this season as No. 18 in the AP Top 25 and is led by second-year coach Dave Rice. Rice had an incredible year, an understatement if I do say so myself, posting a 26-9 overall record (9-5 in MWC) play. Rice even led his squad all the way into the second round of the NCAA tournament. To top it all off, Rice just landed heralded recruit Savon Goodman, a 6’6” athletic forward out of Philadelphia, Penn and ranked as the No. 72 recruit for the 2012 class.
Steve Fisher’s San Diego State has gotten plenty of national attention, and rightfully so. Since 1999 (when Fisher began his coaching stint), the Aztecs have gone 258-157, and nabbing five NCAA tournament appearances including a 2010-11 run into the Sweet 16. San Diego State will be guided by junior guard Jamaal Franklin, whose 17.4 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game and .433 percent field goal percentage last season will only improve as he tantalizes conference opponents. And let’s not forget, Franklin hit the game winning 3 against Boise State in the Mountain West Tournament semi finals last season, if that doesn’t rub enough salt in the wound.
We’re are not witnessing this in college football this or last season in the Mountain West. It’s a quality year when three teams make it bowl eligible.
The one thing you should do for yourself is make it to Taco Bell Arena for conference games this season. It’ll be quality basketball one way or the other.