A year after placing five - yes FIVE - schools in the NCAA tournament, the Mountain West placed just two: San Diego State and New Mexico.
And of the two placed, the committee must not have thought too highly of their resumes. Despite being ranked in the Top 10 and making the conference tournament final game, San Diego was just a 4 seed. Say whaaaa?
Even worse, New Mexico (a Top 20 team PRIOR to becoming the MW tournament champion) received a 7 seed!!! Say it ain't so, Joe...
Last year's dismal showing in the NCAA's couldn't have helped, but who thought it would get this bad? Rubbing salt in the wound, the NIT passed up the MW completely (both UNLV and Boise State) leaving the CBI to pick up the scraps.
I guess you reap what you sow. It's now clear the Broncos' failure to win one of their last two regular season games really came back to bite 'em in the proverbial butt. The thing that makes this so perplexing - call me a homer if you will - is that the Mountain West is one of the top conferences in the nation! (More on that in an upcoming series of articles.)
The big question for me is... how did a team from a top conference, which won its conference tournament, and with an RPI 12th-best in the nation - get a 7 seed? Go Lobos and Aztecs! (for now, anyhow)