One Stat Shows How Disastrous March Madness Was For The Mountain West This Season


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  • The Mountain West got 4 teams into March Madness this season
  • None of those teams made it through Day 1 of the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament
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It’s a March tradition unlike any other. Year after year, the Mountain West convinces the college basketball world that this will be the year one of their teams finally breaks through.

There was the conference’s peak when New Mexico, San Diego State, and UNLV all spent time ranked in the top 25. That year, Boise State lost in the First Four, New Mexico lost to 14 seed Harvard, UNLV lost to 12 seed Cal, and SDSU lost in the second round to 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast.

It took a while for the Mountain West to bounce back for that, but they eventually found a glimmer of hope. They had the last undefeated team in the country and it seemed like SDSU was heading for at worst a 2 seed. Then the tournament was cancelled.

Then there was this year. The college basketball world finally had another sighting of the mythical 4-bid Mountain West. This was supposed to be the year. This was the year the Mountain West was finally going to put it together.

Not quite. Instead, what we saw was one team eliminated in the First Four, another team absolutely dominated in the first half of a first round game they lost by double digits, and two teams collapse in the second half of games they looked in complete control of at different points.

In fact, there might not be a team with a worse finish in this tournament than San Diego State blowing an 8 point lead in 2 and a half minutes.

All of this left the Mountain West 0-4 and without a single team in the tournament by the end of the first day of the first round. It puts them in some historically bad company.

It may be time for fans of Mountain West teams to stop getting their hopes up when the calendar turns to March.