The Mountain West Conference sneaked a whopping five teams in the NCAA Tournament. Really though, they did deserve for those five squads to get an invite. While there has been small rumblings by national personalities that schools from the ACC should have gotten in instead of the MWC clubs, the programs from the ACC should have simply won more games. (Instead of complaining about what another conference did right — Which they could have done as well — this about all the things your school has done wrong. Don’t hate ACC fan, okay? Now go lose in the second round of the NIT.)
Random ACC mongols aside, most people know that at the very least the New Mexico Lobos are the real deal. Steve Alford has his team as prepped as any in the country to make a deep run into the big dance. The Lobos can play fast, slow or any type of style you can ask of a team. They have stars, granted stars you have never heard of, but NBA level players. Yet, nobody seems to be talking about them enough.
I honestly believe they are a mortal-lock to make the Final Four. It is as simple as going through your brackets to figure out, really. Here are the teams they are, or are likely, to play going forward. Read them, then think to yourself, “Is New Mexico better?”
Harvard Crimson– Lobos are leaps and bounds better.
Likely Ohio State Buckeyes– Just because you see OSU all the time does not mean they are better. Lobos win!
Then it is off to potentially play the Gonzaga Bulldogs, but along with everyone and their mothers, you do think they are going to get upset. Thus leaving a clear path to the Final Four for the Lobos. The only potential team that could knock them off is the Buckeyes.
I would entertain the thought that Ohio State is better than New Mexico, but that wouldn’t fit my narrative now, would it?
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone