Ken Pomeroy, the mastermind behind his tempo-free basketball efficiency rating system, released his preseason rankings via KenPom.com earlier this week. The main purpose behind his rating system was to create a system that grades teams based on how many points per possession they score and allow.
His rating system has gained traction in the last decade or so as one of the most innovative basketball analytics, and the NCAA Tournament selection continues to lean towards incorporating Pomeroy’s or other similar possession-based ratings when determining the NCAA Tournament field.
Here are the preseason KenPom rankings for each of the 11 Mountain West squads, ordered by final standings:
|Team||2016 Final||2017 Preseason|
|San Diego State||47||46|
|San Jose State||249||229|
San Diego State and New Mexico are the only two teams from the conference to be placed in the top 100, further supporting the argument that the Mountain West must impress in non-conference play in order to clinch multiple bids for the NCAA Tournament this season.