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College Basketball: 2013-14 New Mexico Lobos Preview

No. 14 Lobos remain Mountain West favorite with new coach
College Basketball: 2013-14 New Mexico Preview


This preview and more on New Mexico and the Mountain West are available in the Athlon Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preseason Annual. The magazine is available online or on newsstands everywhere.

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.

Revised College Basketball Early Top 25 for 2013-14

NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season
<p> NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season</p>

The NBA’s early entry draft deadline has come and gone, creating enough movement to make us re-evaluate our early rankings for 2013-14.

Chief among them, we re-visited Oklahoma State after the Cowboys returned point guard Marcus Smart. Originally, we did not rank Oklahoma State under the assumption Smart, projected to be a top-three pick, would leave for the draft. His return makes Oklahoma State the early Big 12 favorite.

College Basketball's Top 10 Arena Nicknames

What are the best nicknames in college basketball arenas today?
<p> College Basketball's Top 10 Arena Nicknames</p>

There are many reasons why fans gravitate to the college ranks over the professional ones. For those of us who love college sports, NCAA basketball is a vastly superior product over the NBA. Yes, the NBA features the best athletes in the world playing the game, but many point to a boring regular season, lack of overall defense and me-first holier than thou attitude that comes with million-dollar salaries.

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