Where my mind wanders: Every year I find myself drifting toward a specific conference more often than others when watching games off the satellite. I canít predict it. Itís different every year. I still try to see as much as I can in as many conferences as I can.
For instance, my eyes were really opened watching Southernís Malcolm Miller Monday night. What a player he is. Gives me hope that Southern wonít be a 16 seed in March or maybe theyíll be the first 16 to upset a No. 1 seed.
I watch as much Big 10, Big East, Big 12, Pac 12, and ACC as possible. I thought the Atlantic 10 would be extra interesting this season, and it has been. For example, there was a tremendous game over the weekend when Saint Bonaventure upset Temple, winning at Temple for the first time after 30 straight losses.
Despite all that, I find myself wanting to watch the Mountain West. What a collection of interesting, tough teams. UNLV is a Final Four contender if it can play more cohesively. San Diego State is deep and talented.
In his bracket projections on ESPN.com, the great Joe Lunardi has six Mountain West teams in the tournament. Only the Big 10 and Big East have more. UNLV and SD State are the best two teams, but New Mexico and Colorado State have Sweet 16 or Elite 8 potential.
So Wednesday night Iím going to check out Colorado State-New Mexico and see if I can stay awake for San Diego State-Nevada, and Thursday thereís Wyoming at UNLV.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell