MW coaches talking about expanding to 20-game conference schedule

Updated: 07/03/2014 10:02 PM | Created: 07/03/2014 8:51 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

This season the Mountain West basketball teams will play 18 conference games, but that could change in the future.  The league coaches are talking about expanding to a 20-game conference schedule in the coming years.

UNM men's basketball coach Craig Neal is in favor of a 20-game slate.  "I don't mind just because it's hard to schedule," said Neal.  "I'd rather get a very good RPI game in here and then go on the road for another one.  Wee might as well just play em all because then you have a true champion of the conference."

Last season the Lobos played every Mountain West school twice except Air Force and Fresno State.  The Lobos only played the Falcons and Bulldogs once.  "If it's (schedule) TV generated or computer generated, I know I'm going to get UNLV twice and San Diego State twice and somebody could slip in there (for the title) if they don't get those guys or they don't get us twice.  I don't mind 20.  We'll just start the Mountain West season earlier which is fine with me."

This year UNM's non-conference schedule includes games against USC, Louisiana-Monroe, Central Arkansas, Valparaiso, Grand Canyon and New Mexico State twice.  The Lobos will also play in the Puerto Rico Tip Off in November.  The field includes defending national champion Connecticut along with West Virginia, College of Charleston, Boston College, Massachusetts, Dayton, George Mason and Texas A&M.  The bracket has not yet been released.

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