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MWC standing at four teams in Friday Bracketology reports

In six weeks' time, we'll know officially which Mountain West Conference teams will be in the 2013 NCAA tournament. But until then we have Bracketology reports to report on. MW Connection covers the latest reports.

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You know its February because of two things:

  • Punxsutawney Phil will be giving his annual groundhog day weather report tomorrow.

  • NCAA "Bracketology" are becoming a twice-a-week phenomena.

As we reported earlier in the week, SB Nation's resident Bracketologist Chris Dobbertean placed four MWC teams in the NCAA Tournament - the Colorado St. Rams, New Mexico Lobos, San Diego St. Aztecs and UNLV Runnin' Rebels.

ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi had the same four teams in the Big Dance in his report this past Tuesday, which our own Jeremy Mauss recapped.

Lunardi released a new Bracket today and there are a few changes:

While the seeds didn't change, the regions, opponents and cities did. Luckily, Lunardi's past brackets are archived so you can go back and check.

New Mexico remained a 4-seed playing the 13th-seeded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Austin, TX - but the Lobos were moved from the South Region to the West Region in today's projection.

No MWC teams are listed in Lunardi's eight bubble teams.

Over at, Jerry Palm also updated his Bracketology bracket today and like Tuesday's bracket, he has four MWC teams in - CSU, UNM, SDSU and UNLV.

The breakdown goes like this:

Additionally, Palm projects that New Mexico will win the automatic bid from the MWC.

The Sporting News posted their latest Field of 68 projection on Monday. Fortunately Wednesday's MWC games probably didn't change it much.

TSN's Ryan Fagen doesn't present a bracket, just the likely seeds. Unlike Lunardi and Palm, he still had six MWC teams in his tournament field:

It’s fair to say the computers like Colorado State more than the human poll voters. The Rams are ranked 23rd in the RPI and 19th in the Pomeroy ratings, but received just a single 25th-place vote in the AP poll and only six points in coaches poll. Larry Eustachy’s team has a pair of important home games this week, against tournament bubble teams Boise State and Wyoming.

and finally:

It's likely that Fagen will move these two teams to "On the Outside" status next week.

We'll also likely begin to hear bubble talk for the Air Force Falcons depending on their game at home against San Diego St. Saturday.

Stay tuned...