UNLV coach Dave Rice wasn't going to argue about a top seed for New Mexico. But he did want to put a plug in for the rest of the Mountain West Conference.
Rice's Runnin' Rebels came up short Saturday, losing 63-56 to the 15th-ranked Lobos in the Mountain West tournament final. But UNLV will be an NCAA tournament team, and Rice made it known he expects a good seed and some other teams from the conference to join the party.
''We should have good seeds and we should all have the opportunity for success in the tournament,'' Rice said. ''This is a tournament wide open for success.''
The same might be said about UNLV's chances late in the Mountain West final. But Tony Snell scored 13 points in the last eight minutes and the Rebels misfired when they had the chance late.
''Our team is bitterly disappointed with the result,'' Rice said.
New Mexico wasn't, thanks to some strong shooting late by Snell. But coach Steve Alford was doing some lobbying himself, for a possible top seed for th...