Don't look now, but our mangy dog of a basketball team is all alone in second place in the Mountain West after winning three of it's first four conference games. Blow-out wins against doormats Wyoming and Colorado State, coupled with a last-second win against New Mexico (http://youtube.com/watch?v=qCCPf8RbuUA) and a tough road loss to MWC front-runner San Diego State have breathed a little bit of life into the program, which has been as dead as Heath Ledger for the past two seasons. Too soon?
I'm not talking Big Dance here. But there is hope out there that Dougherty's squad could be playing in meaningful games down the stretch and possibly put together a small run in the Conference Tournament and possibly land an NIT berth. Up next is a trip to Salt Lake City to take on Utah this Saturday, followed by a home game next Wednesday against UNLV, an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago.