This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
For the first time since the Mountain West Conference was created, Steve Fisher will not be patrolling the sidelines for San Diego State. The venerable coach started with the Aztecs in 1999 and guided them to their strongest results, including six straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and two appearances in the Sweet 16. Brian Dutcher takes Fisher's place. Boise State coach Leon Rice now has the longest tenure in the MWC at seven seasons and looks to have one of the top teams in conference. San Jose State (Jean Prioleau) and New Mexico (Paul Weir) also have new coaches. The conference has only sent one team to March Madness in the last two seasons and last year's entry, Nevada, was a 12-seed.
Top Three PlayersChandler Hutchison (G)
After two seasons quietly coming off the bench, Hutchison burst into the spotlight with 17.7 points and 7.8 rebounds to lead the Broncos. He opened the season with three double-doubles in his first four games and finished with nine such performances (albeit only one after Jan. 14). The 6-7 wing had his best scoring game in the win over Utah in the NIT with 34 points to knock out the former-MWC team. Hutchison only hit 66.5 percent of his free throws, so he left a lot of points on the court. If he can improve his free-throw stroke, he could score 20 points per game.
Jordan Caroline (F)
The Wolf Pack had one of the most productive frontcourt tandems last year