- Fran Fraschilla, College Basketball
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.
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.
Fran Fraschilla provides his early power rankings for the Mountain West Conference. He sees New Mexico, with four starters back from a team that won 29 games last season, as the league favorite, but there will be several good teams pushing the Lobos.