2013 March Madness: Is the Mountain West the Nation's Best?

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2013 March Madness: Is the Mountain West the Nation's Best?
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The power six, plus two.

That's how ESPN laid out its breakdown of every conference in America.  Of course, the Mountain West is one of those "plus two" conferences.

At least, it was a "plus two."

Much of the nation got its first glimpse of West Coast college hoops, minus Gonzaga, UCLA and Arizona, when Jimmer Fredette knocked down a triple every time he touched the ball. But now with BYU in the WCC, people are starting to realize that this conference isn't interested in producing a Cinderella story.

The question now becomes: Will the Mountain West Conference feature five teams in the Big Dance?

If you think that's preposterous, tomorrow evening would be a good time to educate yourself, as San Diego State travels to New Mexico to play in one of the nation's loudest venues.

So where exactly does the MWC stack up?

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