New Mexico Is Clear Favorite To Win Mountain West Basketball Title According To Media

The New Mexico Lobos are the favorite to win the Mountain West this season and gained 22-of-26 first place votes with the UNLV Rebels getting the other four first place votes and is expected to finish second this year.

Newcomer Boise State is projected to finish last, but it will be a tight battle between them and TCU who is projected to finish eighth. The difference between the two schools is only one point.

The difference between fourth and fifth is a large gap between Colorado State and Air Force, and I am somewhat surprised that Air Force is fifth.

Here is the complete preseason predictions and all-conference side:

2011-12 PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
Rk. School (First-Place Votes Pts.
1. New Mexico (22) 203
2. UNLV (4) 183
3. San Diego State 158
4. Colorado State 119
5. Air Force 78
6. Wyoming 68
7. TCU 64
8. Boise State 63

 

2011-12 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Name Class Position Institution
Oscar Bellfield Sr. G UNLV
Drew Gordon Sr. F New Mexico
Chace Stanback Sr. G/F UNLV
Hank Thorns Sr. G TCU
Kendall Williams So. G New Mexico
Preseason Player of the Year
Drew Gordon, Sr., F, New Mexico
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Xavier Thames, So., G, San Diego State
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Hugh Greenwood, G, New Mexico
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