The answer to that question can be answered with a simple yes.
Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk and some other very talented players will be back. Basically, the starting lineup will not look any different, however, Tony Snell will be a big loss.
It helps New Mexico that it will be getting a great head coach in Craig Neal and many teams in the MWC are losing plenty of talent. The CSU Rams will basically be losing their entire team, minus some role players, while UNLV will be losing Anthony Bennett and Mike Moser. San Diego State will also be without key players.
With that said, as good as the MWC was this past season, that will likely not be the case in the upcoming season. Sure, New Mexico will still be a tournament team and could make a lot of noise, but this conference will not be filled with tournament teams.
New Mexico will definitely be the favorites to win the conference and it should honestly win it with ease. The Lobos did win the conference by two games this past season and the team behind them–the Colorado State Rams–did not even beat them.
So, for all of those people who think that New Mexico will take a bit of a hit from Steve Alford going to UCLA, think again, because New Mexico should be a top 25 team for yet another season.
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