Monday, February 6, 2012

No BYU, No Problem for MWC Hoops

Amateur analysts, like myself, looked to the 2011-2012 Mountain West basketball season and declared that it would be a "down" year for the league. After all, BYU was leaving and many of the other power programs of the conference were losing star players to either the draft or graduation. With just under five weeks until Selection Sunday, though, the MWC looks like it could get five of its eight teams into the NCAA Tournament.

In his latest bracketology, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has three MWC teams in his current NCAA field: UNLV as a #3 seed, San Diego State as a #5 seed and New Mexico as a #11 seed. But he also has Colorado State and Wyoming as part of his "first four out", which means that five weeks is more than adequate time for them to beef up their tournament resumes in order to make the big dance.

Among the teams that will make up the Big 12 when the Frogs make the jump to that conference, five are currently part of Lunardi's projected field: Baylor and Kansas #2 seeds, West Virginia as an #8 seed, Iowa State as a #9 seed and Kansas State as a #10 seed. Texas is also amongst the "first four out", so the Big 12 could add another.

Additionally, UTA is projected to be a #16 seed, playing Kentucky in the first round. That would give the Mavericks two NCAA Tournament appearances in the past five seasons to go along with their brand-new arena. Just food for thought...

Morning Dump

Football:

Grand Prairie family watched Super Bowl son NBC-5

The 2012 Big 12 Recruiting All-Name Team ESPN


Tennis:

TCU men beat Alabama on the road, 4-3 gofrogs.com