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Don’t expect much love for Mountain West hoops next season

Even before CBS was rolling on the annual post-National Championship montage tradition of “One Shining Moment” while the Connecticut Huskies cut down the nets in Dallas on Monday night, plenty of national outlets had already posted their early 2014-15 Top 25 rankings for college hoops.

One consistent theme as it relates to the Mountain West Conference seems to be not much is expected of the league in its 16th season in existence.

That isn’t all that surprising. The top teams in the league have top players departing, which leaves plenty of question marks for the conference.

San Diego State is the only league team that appeared on multiple way-too-early Top 25 lists I’ve seen so far, although UNLV did check in on one list and both teams are mentioned as teams close to being ranked on other lists.


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The New Mexico Lobos, which finished the 203-14 season ranked No. 17 in the final Associated Press Top 25 and unranked in the final USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, are nowhere to be found on any of the early rankings for next season I’ve seen so far.

Here are links to some 2014-15 Top 25 ranking lists and where they have Mountain West teams ranked:

The Sporting News (Ryan Fagan)

Mountain West: No. 20 San Diego State’s College Basketball Talk (Rob Dauster)

Mountain West: No. 9 San Diego State, No. 24 UNLV (Gary Parrish)

Mountain West No. 13 San Diego State


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Yahoo! Sports (Jeff Eisenberg)

Mountain West: No. 15 San Diego State (Eamonn Brennan)

Mountain West: no teams ranked (SDSU listed among “15 more teams that may crack the list”)

Bleacher Report (C.J. Moore and Jason King)

Mountain West: no teams ranked (SDSU listed under “honorable mention”) (Dan Hanner)

Mountain West: no teams ranked (SDSU and UNLV listed among other teams that are close)

USA Today (Scott Gleeson)

Mountain West: No. 15 San Diego State

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