No meteoric shifts this week, but finally some shifts …
Sadly, I’m not shaking things up in the rankings this week. I have my reasons, and you’ll have to read ahead to find out. Without hesitation, here is the second installment of the Mountain West Conference men’s basketball power rankings.
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Before you say anything: Yes, it would have been logical to start this weekly blog entry at the beginning of the college basketball season. But, guess what? I didn’t decide to do it until last week, so here’s the first installment of my weekly Mountain West Conference men’s basketball power rankings. After all, it’s now a basketball league, right? This will be a weekly Monday feature from here until the end of the season.
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Kenny Mayne, in his years at ESPN, has without question established himself as the king of NFL and football satire. This time around, we get an actual glimpse into his past, when in what seems like another life, he was a backup quarterback at UNLV in the early 1980s.
It was March 3 when Lon Kruger held in his hands two checks, each for $3.5 million, given by Las Vegas Paving Corp. owner and CEO Bob Mendenhall. The money from Mendenhall made up the majority of the $11.7 million donated for the new men’s basketball practice facility, which, of course, will be named the Mendenhall Center.
OK, so have you caught your wind yet from the Mountain West/WAC tornado that hit and shook up everyone’s Wednesday afternoon and evening? I sort of have. Now that 24 hours have passed, here are five observations that I have leftover from the whole deal.
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In the dot-com era, it’s never too soon for the national media to start chiming in on preseason Top 25 opinions. Wednesday, a couple of the national scribes showed UNLV a little love when drawing up some über-premature polls for the 2010-11 season.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — With a pair of double-digit losses in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, the Mountain West Conference’s chance to earn a little more national respect passed by the wayside. People can blame seeding by the selection committee, people can blame the league’s TV deal throughout the regular season, people can blame whatever they want.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — If Ali Farokhmanesh’s 3-pointer from 25-feet out on the left wing in the closing seconds to beat UNLV on Thursday night wasn’t the biggest shot in Northern Iowa hoops history, it’s got to at least be No. 1a.
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I’ll be honest - I’m one of those guys who every year walks around to my friends and co-workers with my freshly filled-out bracket, and will proclaim “Here are the answers, in case you’re curious.” It’s a good thing people typically don’t take my advice.
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