The Mountain West Conference basketball season is in full swing. And for the rest of the year, we'll be checking in on all 11 teams to see where each week to see how they're doing in relation to NCAA tournament bids, MWC Tournament seeding and wrapping up the league's regular season championship.
Below are the Mountain West standings for Week 12:
|TEAM||CONF. W-L||OVERALL W-L||HOME||ROAD|
|San Diego State||5-0||16-1||9-1||4-0|
|San Jose State||0-6||6-12||4-3||2-7|
As you were already aware of, San Diego State's off to a running start in the conference. At 5-0, they're the only undefeated team in the Mountain West and have their sights set on what could be a top-two seed in the NCAAs. But just five or so games in, there's still plenty of season left to go. This week, you might want to pay close attention to some of the following contests, which could start to shift the way this MWC season shakes out.
Tuesday, Jan. 21 -- Boise State at New Mexico: While San Diego State's out in front, the second spot in the conference is still very much up for grabs. New Mexico and Boise State are not only jockeying for seeding in the conference, but also both hanging around the NCAA Tournament bubble. This game could go a long way toward helping (and hurting) their respective chances.
Wednesday, Jan. 22 -- Wyoming at Air Force: Which of these teams is going to contend? There are no guarantees either makes the Big Dance (if anything, if's unlikely either will), but this game helps sort things out. For the upstart Cowboys, Air Force would make for a decent (and rare) road victory, while for the Falcons, beating Wyoming could help them get back on the road toward fixing this season.
Saturday, Jan. 25 -- Nevada at Wyoming: Nevada has one way to get to the NCAAs -- winning the Mountain West -- so they understand how important each and every game will be for the rest of this season. Beating Wyoming isn't worth throwing a parade for, but it'll be yet another solid road victory for the Wolf Pack and another step toward the top of the league standings.
Saturday, Jan. 25 -- New Mexico at Colorado State: New Mexico's week is pretty busy. Beyond Tuesday's tough matchup with Boise State, they also have a difficult trip to Fort Collins, Colo. this Saturday. With both teams hanging around the bubble (UNM more so than CSU), this game could either give one squad life or be the death knell to another's season.
So what do you think? Is it make-or-break time for several of the league's teams? Can New Mexico, Colorado State, Boise State and others work to get past the "bubble" conversation and assert themselves as firmly "in" the NCAA Tournament? Share your thoughts below.