Bracket Projection: New Mexico

Fundamentally sound Lobos have what it takes to reach Elite Eight

Updated: March 21, 2013, 11:07 AM ET
By Charlie Creme | ESPN Insider
Kendall WilliamsRon Chenoy/USA TODAY SportsKendall Williams was one of the Mountain West Conference's top scorers this season.

New Mexico Lobos coach Steve Alford has created a winning culture unlike anything ever seen in the program's history. The 2012-13 season produced Alford's fourth Mountain West title in six years and his best season to date. Now, it's on to the NCAA tournament. Can Alford and the Lobos advance to the Sweet 16 and beyond?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

PROFILES FOR ALL 68 TEAMS | BRACKET PREDICTOR


Lunardi's Logic

Is there really that much of a difference between a No. 2 and a No. 3 seed? As No. 9 overall, the Lobos would have been a two-seed had Ohio State lost the Big Ten final. Instead, they are third in the West and will face the Buckeyes in the Sweet 16 if first weekend seeding holds. That's one of the hardest games in the bracket for me. If the Lobos prevail, the Final Four is within reach.

TOURNEY PROFILE

Best wins: UNLV, Colorado State, at Colorado State, at Cincinnati

Worst losses: South Dakota State, at San Diego State, at Air Force

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Women's College Basketball
Charlie Creme projects the women's NCAA Tournament bracket for ESPN.com.