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Mountain West Conference Tournament Preview
Lobos slip in national rankings, but are still favored to win[ Wed Mar 13 2013 4:38 PM ]
The University of New Mexico Lobos lost to the Air Force Academy Falcons on Saturday night, and slipped to number 15 in Monday’s AP Poll as a result. Despite all this, the Lobos still have the second-rated RPI in the country and the third-rated strength of schedule. With Wyoming's victory over Nevada on Tuesday night's play-in game, the Mountain West Conference Tournament is set to officially begin.
The Lobos will play Wyoming in Las Vegas tonight at 7:30 and the semifinals games will be played on Friday. The championship game will be played on Saturday at 4 p.m. with Selection Sunday is the very next day.
With the MWC Tournament coming up, it's important to remember that the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. While the Lobos are the only team in the Mountain West Conference currently ranked in the Top 25, Saturday's loss to the Falcons proved that UNM is far from infallible and that the auto-bid isn't a certainty. The Lobos will enter the MWC Tournament with the recent accolades of Conference Player of the Year and Coach of the Year bestowed upon Kendall Williams and Steve Alford, respectively, but also as the total focus of every other team.
While Colorado State currently sits second in the MWC, it's hard to overlook University of Las Vegas, who spent 8 weeks ranked in the AP top 25 and have ample potential for home crowd advantage, or newcomer Boise State as potential dark horses who could upset top-seeded UNM.
With seeding in the Big Dance at the epicenters of focus, UNM has got to come out strong on tonight, no matter how weak Wyoming appears. Presuming they make it through that game, the focus of the Cherry and Silver will need to be maintained on Friday and Saturday's games. As the loss in Colorado Springs proved, nothing is promised in this game, regardless of a team being nationally ranked.
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After this weekend, it’s understandable why the Lobos are on cloud nine. They beat their conference archrivals UNLV and San Diego State en route to a Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship. UNM was also awarded a fifth seed in the NCAA Tournament.
And after winning a share of the regular season title, the Lobos must feel they've accomplished most of their goals they set in the preseason. But if they want to achieve the ultimate goal of advancing to the Sweet 16, they must battle an enemy that almost ruined their season: complacency.
The team was full of swagger and confidence after they beat San Diego State and UNLV in the regular season and were ranked in the Top 25. But then they let their guard down and lost two consecutive road games. Since that time, the Lobos are on a five-game winning streak and seem to have a renewed focus on defense.
Long Beach State has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and will face the Lobos in the second round in Portland, Ore. If they advance, a potential match up against the Big East champion, Louisville, awaits.
For most people, it’s almost impossible to sit on the couch and watch the entire tournament. However, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the action. Here are a few mobile applications that will ensure you never miss any possession or buzzer beater:
The NCAA has their official March Madness Live mobile app for iOS and Android that should satisfy any basketball junkie. Fans will be able to fill out a bracket, get live updates on their favorite teams and even watch every game for a one-time fee of $3.99. So far usability has been pretty seamless, so hopefully it delivers at game time.
ESPN also has its Bracket Bound mobile app which offers in-depth opinions and analysis on the tournament. It’s available for for iOS and Android and offers up-to-date Twitter feeds of ESPN personalities, video analysis and the ability to follow your team’s progress in the big dance. The only negative is the app still lists the projected field of the tournament and hides the real bracket in the top corner of the application. Despite the drawback, the app is free and offers users the ability to win $100,000 for the winner of the Tournament Challenge.
With these two apps, there's zero excuse why you shouldn't be the smartest fan in the room.