There was multiple talks about how the Mountain West could land six teams in the NCAA Tournament come March -- a tough feat for a nine-team league. However, that could change with how games went on Saturday night.
First up, Air Force was able to defend their home court and upset Boise State, 91-80. This is possibly the most damning loss of the day as Air Force was 10-5 coming in on the day -- not bad -- but had a RPI of 129.
The other loss that to outsiders may appear to be bad was Wyoming easily defeating San Diego State, 58-45, in a very low scoring matchup. Wyoming's RPI is solid at 56 so the loss does not look that bad for NCAA Tournament seeding, plus again this was a road game.
The final game where an upset occurred when Colorado State upended UNLV 66-61 at home on Saturday, again not a bad loss since the Rams RPI is at No. 25.
Six teams has always been a stretch in my opinion for this league, and the biggest threat to getting that many teams came when Boise State earned a bad loss against Air Force. They can still rebound and get some good wins, and keep boosting their resume.
It appears that the Mountain West will be a league that their champion could have has many as five loses, due to the parity this league has. Winning on the road is extremely difficult, so if a team like New Mexico is perfect at home, but if they split their road games then they would have an 12-4 final league record. Last year the league champ was New Mexico and San Diego State both went 10-4, so adding two more games it is possible that the champion could be 11-5.
New Mexico and Colorado State play next week, at the Pit, so there is a chance that after two-plus weeks there will be no undefeated Mountain West teams.
Mountain West Conference Standings
|New Mexico Lobos||3||0||16||2|
|Colorado St. Rams||2||1||15||3|
|UNLV Runnin' Rebels||2||2||15||4|
|San Diego St. Aztecs||2||2||14||4|
|Air Force Falcons||2||2||10||6|
|Boise St. Broncos||1||2||13||4|
|Nevada Wolf Pack||1||2||10||7|
|Fresno St. Bulldogs||1||3||7||10|