Will the MWC have tourney success?

Updated: March 12, 2013, 12:09 PM ET
By Jordan Brenner

Let's get one thing out of the way quickly: the Mountain West Conference is underrated. It has been for a while. That's the unfortunate downside to playing in the Time Zone That TV Forgot.

It's still hard to imagine, though that a conference that ranks third on KenPom.com (ahead of the ACC, Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC) is only in line for one top-five seed. But that's what Joe Lunardi says, and we certainly won't fight back: More lower-seeded MWC teams mean more potential Giant Killers. The best ones, though, might not be the teams you'd expect.

New Mexico, UNLV, Colorado State and San Diego State look like NCAA locks as the MWC tourney begins Tuesday. Boise State is one of Lunardi's last four in. No one else even qualifies for the bubble. But two other teams could make things interesting in Las Vegas this week.