Mountain West

College basketball: Ranking the Mountain West's coaches for 2013-14

Steve Fisher rebuild the Aztecs to take the top spot
Steve Fisher rebuild the Aztecs to take the top spot

For much of the last four seasons, the Mountain West could argue it belongs in the same breath as the power conferences.

Indeed, the MWC has produced 16 NCAA Tournament teams in the last four seasons, including five last year, to mach the SEC in that span. The Pac-10/12 has produced only 13 in that time.

The work to improve the Mountain West to major league status is thanks in part to rebuilding jobs by coaches like Steve Alford, Lon Kruger, Tim Miles and Dave Rose, coaches (and teams) that are no longer in the league.

College Football 2013 All-America Team

Athlon projects the All-America Team for 2013.
<p> College Football 2013 All-America Team</p>

Picking a college football All-American team is no easy task. Some positions are deeper than others, while it's also difficult to project how a player will perform with the losses or additions around them.

The SEC leads the way with 24 overall selections across Athlon's four All-America teams. However, the Pac-12 isn't far behind with 23 selections. 

With that in mind, it's time to unveil Athlon's 2013 All-America Team.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: MWC, MVC, A-10 and more

The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14
<p> The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14.</p>

After Florida Gulf Coast reached the Sweet 16 and Wichita State reached the Final Four, teams outside of the college basketball power structure are starting to reach even footing. At least on the court.

Beyond the major surprises in the NCAA Tournament, this is an interesting time for mid-major programs. The Mountain West showed surprising depth last season, a trend that should continue as the league expands. Even though Creighton left the Missouri Valley and Temple, Xavier and Butler left the Atlantic 10, there’s plenty to watch in both leagues.

Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2013-14

Could freshman class at Kentucky return Wildcats to No. 1?
<p> Could freshman class at Kentucky return Wildcats to No. 1?</p>

The Bluegrass State could be on its way to becoming the basketball version of Alabama.

The football championship hasn’t left the state of Alabama four years, with the Crimson Tide winning the BCS in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and Auburn winning in 2010.

Daily March Madness Tracker: Big East Tournament won't disappoint

Power-packed four games in Big East highlights busy day in conference tournaments
<p> Daily March Madness Tracker: Big East Tournament won't disappoint</p>

Caution employers: Work productivity may be down Thursday and Friday this week and next.

The wild ride continues as college basketball conference tournaments enter their most dramatic phase. Four games in one day in major conferences, championships in the one-bid leagues.

2013 Mountain West Conference Tournament Preview

Mountain West teams still have something to prove after banner season
<p> 2013 Mountain West Conference Tournament Preview</p>

March Madness is just getting started as the college basketball season shifts to the conference tournaments. Titles will be won, NCAA Tournament spots will be clinched or lost all over the country. Here’s what to watch in the Mountain West.

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013

USC coach Lane Kiffin tops Athlon's top 20 coaches on the hot seat for spring practice.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013: Spring Practice Edition</p>

The start of spring practice for all 125 college football teams is a chance to start fresh and forget the bad results that came along with 2012. For a handful of coaches, spring practice is also the first opportunity to turn around a program and save their job for 2014.

College Basketball Power Rankings: Gonzaga, Georgetown make moves

Neither Gonzaga nor Georgetown have lost since Jan. 19, both enter top five of our rankings
<p> Neither Gonzaga nor Georgetown have lost since Jan. 19, both enter top five of our power rankings.</p>

For most of the season, the college basketball power rankings have been fairly consistent at the top: Two or three teams from the Big Ten, a team or two from the state of Florida, maybe Duke and/or Kansas every now and then.

Some of those trends remained true this week with Indiana and Michigan taking the top two spots and Miami sitting at No. 5. But the top four has a few newcomers.

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