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Mountain West Conference power rankings

Entering the final stretch, I just can't wait until this season is over. Of course, I'm guessing Air Force, BYU and even UNLV fans are enjoying the ride.

Rank Team Comments
1 The Cougars broke into the top-25 for the first time in a long time thanks to a rather easy schedule last week. They're currently atop the conference standings, but that could change with a game on the road against San Diego State this Saturday.
2 The Falcons continue rolling, winning their two games in impressive fashion. Wednesday they rolled Utah and then Saturday night beat instate rival Colorado State. The schedule toughens up however, with a road trip to Vegas, which will undoubtedly impact the conference championship race.
3 UNLV's loss to San Diego State last Tuesday could come back to haunt them. The Rebels barely showed up to play and got rocked by the Aztecs and now it's going to be an uphill battle to claim a regular season conference championship. If UNLV is going to have a chance at the crown, they'll need to knock off Air Force Tuesday night and hope BYU slips up twice.
4 The Aztecs looked like they were turning it around after their win against UNLV. Yet a loss to Wyoming in Laramie set them back and now they'll have to win out, or at least finish with no more than 1 loss, if they have hopes of getting an NCAA Tournament berth without winning the conference tournament. That will most likely prove to be difficult with road games against New Mexico and Utah and a home game against BYU sandwiched in-between.
5 Wyoming finally ended the losing streak, defeating San Diego State by 9 Saturday. That win came after the Cowboys had dropped 4 straight and now they have a real chance at building a winning streak heading into the conference tournament. A home game against Utah Wednesday should give them their second straight victory and a less than daunting schedule awaits, as they have CSU, TCU and New Mexico left on their schedule. If Wyoming can win the remainder of their schedule, they could catch steam heading into the conference tournament.
6 The Lobos dominated TCU Saturday, snapping a two game losing streak. That victory came just in time, as New Mexico is about to enter possibly their toughest stretch of the season. They play San Diego State Tuesday, then at Utah on Saturday, before ending the season with a game against UNLV at home then Wyoming on the road. Realistically they could drop all four of those games, though they probably are capable of defeating the Utes, even in Salt Lake. And that's more a condemnation of Utah rather than praise toward New Mexico.
7 Colorado State ended their 5 game losing streak with an emphatic 82-66 victory over TCU. Yet they followed that up with a loss to Air Force and things probably won't improve much for the Rams. They have a road game against BYU Wednesday, before ending the season with a home game against rival Wyoming and a road trip to Vegas to play UNLV.
8 Utah sucks and if it weren't for TCU, they would be the worst team in the conference. Luckily for them, the Frogs are even more abysmal, which is hard to believe. The Utes will be lucky to win 10 games this season and are on pace for their lowest win total in 34 years. That year Utah won only 8 games and went 4-10 in WAC play. It's possible Utah has an even poorer conference record this season.
9 I don't know much about TCU basketball, but this has to be one of their worst stretches in program history. The Frogs have lost 11-straight, and haven't won in over a month (amusingly enough, against the Utes in Salt Lake City). That probably won't change, as they have home games against Air Force and Wyoming, while ending the season on the road against San Diego State. The Frogs are a lock for the Mountain West Conference Tournament Play-In game, which should be against the Utes. And hell, with how bad the Utes are, they might actually snap that streak.

It'll be an interesting two weeks, especially when the tournament rolls around. I'm counting the days down until Utah shows Giacoletti the door and I'm excited to see the possible coaching prospects. Of course knowing Utah's luck, Giacoletti will be retained and we'll have to live this all over again next year.