The Mountain West Conference is one conference that a lot of people have discounted over the years. However, it is easy to see why with some of the lower echelon teams that are in the conference. Now, though, the conference has built up to have some perennial threats to win and go deep in March and now its time to start our preview of the Mountain West conference.
San Diego State ( 30-2 Last Year )
San Diego State is a team that has a great group of guys coming back to play and they were solid last year. The downside is the Aztecs do lose Malachi Flynn who went to the NBA Draft this year.
Boise State Broncos ( 20-12 Last Year )
Boise State has a chance to unseat the Aztecs here this season as the Broncos get Derrick Alston back. Now on the downside eve with Alston coming back the Broncos have to get their transfers to playing well with each other.
Utah State Aggies ( 26-8 Last Year )
Utah State is going to have to learn to survive without Sam Merrill who is done in his college career. However, one the brighter side the Aggies do get Neemias Quetaback as he wants to improve his chances in the draft.
UNLV Rebels ( 17-15 Last Year )
The Rebels finally get the dream backcourt they have been missing for years. The downside is both of them are new to UNLV and the rest of the team is fairly new as well, so it depends how quickly the Rebels get up to speed.
Colorado State Rams ( 20-12 Last Year )
Nico Carvacho leaves a big hole for the Rams this year as he graduated that is the bad news. On the flip side Colorado State is bringing in quite a bit of younger talent which will help them win in the future and potentially this year, but it is a stretch.
Wyoming Cowboys ( 9-24 Last Year )
The Cowboys are one team that is bringing back some good players, but also have a lot of younger players coming in. That could make it difficult for Wyoming to play well enough to be a contender right off the bat.
Nevada Wolfpack ( 19-12 Last Year )
Nevada has their head coach locked in place as Steve Alford has a 10 year deal. However, the recruiting impact will take a while and may need some help as the Wolfpack lost a ton of players off of the team from last year.
New Mexico Lobos ( 19-14 Last Year )
Can New Mexico finally move up or not? That is a key question that the Lobos face this season and with the way their roster has had issues the past couple of years, it could boil down to if it is a player issue or a coaching issue.
Fresno State Bulldogs ( 11-19 Last Year )
Orlando Robinson could be wasting his talents with Fresno State. Yes, the Bulldogs have been good to the future NBA player, but outside of Robinson the amount of talent on the roster is sorely lacking.
Air Force Falcons ( 12-20 Last Year )
Air Force is looking to aim high this year, but that is all it probably will be. The Falcons are bringing back Joe Scott who led the team before and won the Mountain West title once, but since the Scott has fallen flat in every team coached.
San Jose State Spartans (7-24 Last Year )
Seneca Knight will wind up like Robinson playing really well for a team that does not have the talent to support him. The San Jose State team does have a chance to improve, but definitely needs to find some more talent and quickly before Knight is done.