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Mountaintop View 1-25-23. Wolf Pack win, EA Sports, Gloria Nevarez, Conference Realignment, POTW

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It’s hump day, and the coverage is still going strong. Conference basketball games are up and running, and we have you covered. Take a look at today’s links, plus the content coming your way on our site.

Wolf Pack beat Lobos in another thrilling (double) OT game.

After winning on Friday in overtime as time expired, this time New Mexico lost in double overtime. It was the same type of March atmosphere, with big plays and players stepping up. Chris Murray is calling it one of the best games ever in the 39-year history of Lawlor Events Center.

NCAA Video Game Update.

Matt Brown pulled the curtain back on Monday with some information about the EA Sports video game. While nothing is groundbreaking, it’s the biggest update we have had in awhile. EA Sports is asking teams for a number of audio updates, including the team runout, kickoffs, certain downs, touchdowns, big plays, if they do anything between quarters, postgame, and other traditions. The Mountain West figures to share a lot of what makes them unique. Speaking of the MWC, through FOIA, it can be confirmed that Boise State, UNLV, and Utah State have submitted info so far, but it’s behind a paywall. Others either they haven’t responded to FOIA requests or have denied their involved with them.

Interview with Commissioner Nevarez.

New Mountain west Commissioner Gloria Nevarez was in Laramie last week, and Ryan Thornburn got an interview. She discusses her love for Laramie, the challenges the Wyoming football program, the other sports the Cowboys sponsor, as well as her outlook on the MWC.

Conference Realignment in the Group of 5 Mailbag.

Chris Vannini continues his weekly mailbag, even in the offseason. He discusses realignment for the PAC and Big 12 and he names San Diego State as the top choice for both conferences. Otherwise, the rest all come with a flaw or question mark. As far as MWC schools go, conferences like UNLV’s location and stadium but they don’t add on the field value. Conversely, Boise State is extremely successful but has other question marks. He also highlights Fresno State getting support from their city. None of the information is really new, but this is likely the current public perception.

Olympic Sports Players of the Week

On the horizon:

  • Later today: Peak Perspective: The 2022 Mountain West Out-of-Conference Review
  • Coming Thursday: Mountain West in the NBA: Midseason Update
  • Coming Thursday: NFLPA Bowl Preview
  • Coming Friday: East-West Shrine Game Preview
  • Coming Friday: Bracketology
  • Coming Friday: Reacts Results