But not in a good way.
ESPN.com columnist Pat Forde named the winners and losers of the first four days of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Not surprisingly, the Mountain West Conference earned “loser” status. Here’s what Forde wrote:
Loser: Mountain West Conference. Four teams entered, none remains. And neither New Mexico nor BYU came close to winning its second-round game.
As Gazette columnist David Ramsey pointed out in his blog earlier this week, it’s not the first time the league has fallen flat in The Big Dance. MWC teams are 10-26 all-time, none has moved past the Sweet 16 and only two have made it that far. Yikes.
All season long we hear MWC coaches tell us how strong the league is and how it doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Forgive us for rolling our eyes when those claims are made next year.