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Mountaintop View 3-22-21

March Sadness, x2, Pitino dream, Ram NIT, Ram ESports

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Utah State at Texas Tech IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the first Monday in the Madness. The Mountain West had a terrible showing, but the links press on.

Utah State doesn’t get the job done against Texas Tech.

The Aggies seemed like a pretty good bet to pull off and upset, and they hung with them for about a half. They even had a six-point lead at one point, but the Red Raiders went on a 24-4 run, and that sealed their feat. Queta had a strong game but the team couldn’t find a consistent defense.

Aztecs go cold, get bounced from the tournament early.

San Diego State should have had a better showing than this, but they ended up getting upset. Syracuse struggled all year but turned it on when it mattered. On the other hand, the Aztecs shot 22.6 percent in the first half and really never recovered.

The dream of Pitino to UNLV.

Can Rick Pitino lead UNLV back to the national stage? Probably. Will it happen? Probably not. He turned them down before and carries some baggage. On the other hand, the same can be said for many college coaches. This article weighs the pros and cons of hiring him, if it’s even an option.

Rebels hire a coach.

Rams advance in the NIT.

The Mountain West had a strong showing in the ESports Championships.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup, featuring the latest news and offers.
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Offensive Line Preview
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: No Shortage of Madness in the NCAA.