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Last year, the New Mexico Lobos swept the regular season and conference tournament championships in the MWC, which led all conferences in RPI. But, it all came crashing to a halt when the Lobos lost in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 to Harvard.
There are two ways to look at the way New Mexico's NCAA Tournament and offseason played out. The pessimistic view is that they lost to a double-digit seed for the second time in the school's past three tournaments and are now without their former coach Steve Alford (I briefly discussed his move to UCLA here) and guard Tony Snell, who left a year early for the NBA.
While the Lobos return reigning conference player of the year Kendall Williams, I'd argue Snell was more important to their team. He was the team's second-leading scorer (12.5 PPG), as well as their best three-point shooter and wing defender.
The optimistic view for this team is th...