For those unaware, the Mountain West Conference is a good basketball league. For people of my ilk, east coasters who have to relate everything to something familiar, think of the MWC as the A-10 of the west. Not exactly a major BCS-like conference, but at the very least a power conference who is a step above a mid-major.
This year’s group of MWC leaders include the New Mexico Lobos and Colorado State Rams, just to name a couple. However, it is the Lobos,under coach Steve Alford, who are in complete Beast Mode at the moment(Although, the Rams are just a half game behind for the conference lead).
Definition of Beast Mode: To be awesome, the ability to destroy others, unlike anything else (Source: Me, circa just now.
In a hot tub with NCAA corporate representatives)
The Lobos have already beaten a slew of (at least at the time) ranked teams. Rocking an overall record of 22-4 only tells part of the story. New Mexico has the third best RPI ranking in the country and the 17th BPI. All of that while not being ranked in the top 100 of any of the major offensive team rankings.
As a team the Lobos rank 277th in the nation in field goal percentage(.411), that is right below the Club State Pool Cleaners and right above the University of Broken Dreams. It is amazing how Alford has relied on a methodical, balanced scoring attack and aggressive defense to help this team be ranked 16th in the nation.
The 23rd of this month is going to be a telling date for all Beast Mode lovers. On that day, at 4 pm eastern, the Lobos will square off against Colorado State in a battle for MWC supremacy. Funny, neither of these teams actually “need” ton win this game, as they both have pairs of slippers already in a box ready to go dancing in March.
Beast Mode Champions 2013, West Coast Division, to be decided in just five short days.
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