MWC: Deep Breath

By David Scott - October 26, 2006

LAS VEGAS - It's been our experience that in the course of head-down, minute-by-minute blogging, we sometimes forget to sit back and observe all that's going on around us. Something about the forest for the trees or some other mixed metaphor that we never quite get right.

With that in mind, we now present, after the jump, a conglomeration of snippets from the past several hours of MWC immersion.

* The mantra of the day (as if it were pre-programmed) from virtually every coach is this: "It's not enough to schedule the tough non-league games. We need to start winning them."

That way, as the thinking goes, the league's RPI will rise and teams will begin to get better national love. In turn if the individual teams have higher RPIs, once conference play begins, the league wins begin to count for more.

"Our league needs to do that to get a bit of a glow across the country," said San Diego State's Steve Fisher. "I really do think it's critical to win the non-conference games we're scheduling."

* We often make too much of the pre-season polls and honors that fly freely at this time of year. New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay had a good take on this dangerous practice, as he held up the sheet listing the MWC's pre-season accolades: "This will be the first and last time I look at this because I can tell you something - the NCAA selection committee doesn't look at it."

True dat.

* We're sticking with our pick of UNLV as the league's sleeper squad and McKay gave us ammunition for our argument. "I love Vegas's team, I think they're great and no one's talking about them. And don't forget: they get the tournament on their home floor (March 6-10 at the Thomas & Mack)."

Posted by David Scott at 03:55 PM on October 26, 2006

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