College basketball power rankings: UCLA moves up to No. 1 thanks to a 13-game winning streak; Virginia joins

“The Mountain West is having considered one of its finest seasons in its 23-year historical past.”

That’s a sentence I wrote in February of final 12 months.

In 2022-23, the league is even higher. Like final season, the convention ranks seventh total at KenPom.com. The final time the MW rated stronger was 2012-13, when the league despatched 5 of its then-nine groups dancing. Five groups — Boise State (19), New Mexico (31), Nevada (33), San Diego State (30), Utah State (34) — rank top-35 within the NET. What’s extra, the convention slots fifth within the NET, higher than the Pac-12 and ACC. Thanks to an mixture 99-39 mark in non-league play, the Mountain West has assured itself of being a multi-bid league once more; it is simply a matter of which groups’ résumés shake out to warrant at-large inclusion in two months. The MW claims 9 victories over the Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

Additional encouraging indicators might be discovered at locations like Air Force (12-7), which is attempting for its first 20-win season since 2007, and San Jose State (12-7), which is above .500 in January for the primary time as a Mountain West college (joined in 2013). Tim Miles has rotated a once-depressing program.

It’s an optimistic time within the convention. Gloria Navarez simply took over as commissioner after operating the WCC since 2018. She’s the second commissioner in Mountain West historical past; Craig Thompson had that job from Day 1 in 1998, when the league was shaped after splitting off from the WAC.

With six groups within the high 80 of the NET, the Mountain West is affording itself dozens of Quad 1/2 video games, enabling the convention to virtually actually ship no less than three to the Big Dance. However, merely getting that many in will not be passable. There’s a popularity to repair. The MW went 0-4 after getting 4 groups into final 12 months’s NCAAs. It hasn’t had a Sweet 16 staff since 2018. If its picture goes to be enhanced — and validated — a number of Mountain West groups have to decide off victories in March.

The power rankings have had no less than one Mountain West staff showcased in virtually each version this season, and that continues to be true this week. Let’s take a look.

Hey Nineteen Power Rankings

Reminder: My rankings will not be solely about who I feel is “finest.” This is a weekly encapsulation of the 19 hottest, most profitable and/or most *attention-grabbing* groups, combining staff high quality with winning high quality but additionally having no disgrace for recency bias and rewarding important winning streaks. All information proven are vs. DI competitors.

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