Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

On an MWC Solo Mission.(Sports)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

Lobos Only Team Remaining To Hoist Conference Flag


Maybe the NCAA Tournament committee knew what it was doing after all.

The Mountain West Conference took offense when the committee snatched just one of its brethren. Then the league became offensive in the opening week of postseason play.

"The league hasn't shown much so far," says University of New Mexico guard Marlon Parmer, whose team plays Pepperdine (22-8) tonight in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. "We're trying to carry the torch for the Mountain West, to get our name out there."

The Lobos (20-12) are the league's only team still competing. So far, it's been ugly.

*Brigham Young was hammered 84-59 by Cincinnati in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

*Utah was defeated 71-62 at home by Memphis in the first round of the NIT. …

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