Another Unbeaten Goes Down as Lobos Level Nevada in the Pit
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Most of college basketball's legendary snakepits are gone in this age of glitz and media blitz.
Steve Alford might be wishing now he'd stayed there.
Except for the travel. At times, inherent Mountain West Conference logistics can break the spirit of even the most hardened business flyer. There are fundamental challenges, such as connecting flights, that are virtually unknown to teams east of the Rockies.
So much for Nevada's warm and fuzzy memories of defying The Pit.
Last season, the Wolf Pack made history by storming back from a 25-point deficit with 11 minutes to play to grab a 105-104 victory that surely added to their swagger the rest of the way.
After all, dudes also rallied from 22 points down against Cincinnati in last season's Dance.
It's not hard to imagine them as Final Four material, but they've gotta keep themselves from uprisings like they faced in the ABQ.
It may not get East Coast acclaim, but the Mountain West is tough again this season. There are at least three other clubs that -- due again to perspective -- need to fight their way into Madness, and they're not gonna be intimidated by Nevada.
This conference is gonna battle-harden its post-season survivors, and New Mexico just re-confirmed it.