2013-14 MWC Power Rankings

New Mexico, with four returning starters, enters as conference favorite

Originally Published: August 14, 2013
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider

Kendall WilliamsRon Chenoy/USA TODAY SportsKendall Williams, last season's MWC Player of the Year, averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 assists a game.

Coming off its most productive season ever with five teams earning bids to the NCAA tournament, the Mountain West Conference still finds itself in a state of flux with Utah State and San Jose State being added as new members.

The Aggies' arrival will certainly strengthen what has become one of the best conferences in the country. They should be in immediate contention to win a league title, along with UNLV, San Diego State and Boise State. But for now, New Mexico, with its depth and experience, looks to be the favorite to win the conference championship in 2013-14.


1. New Mexico Lobos

All you need to know about Lobos point guard Kendall Williams is that he was voted the Mountain West Player of the Year over UNLV's Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in June's NBA draft. He and three other starters return for first-year coach Craig Neal from a team that won 29 games a season ago.


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Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.