San Diego State and Air Force earned NCAA Tournament berths last season. The Aztecs captured the regular-season Mountain West title with a 13-3 mark and were the league's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament after winning the MWC Tournament crown. SDSU became the first team in MWC history to win an outright regular-season title and conference tournament championship in the same season. UNLV (2000) and BYU (2001) each won a share of the regular-season crown before winning conference tournament titles in the same year.
Overall, the MWC has had 13 NCAA Tournament appearances the past five years. Since 2002, all nine MWC teams have participated in postseason play at least once. All eight charter members of the MWC have participated in the NCAA Tournament at least once in the last seven years. TCU's last appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 1998.
Four teams were represented on the preseason all-MWC team with San Diego State earning Top Returning Player honors (Brandon Heath) and Utah garnering Top Newcomer (Stephen Weigh) accolades. Three seniors, a junior and a sophomore made up this year's preseason all-MWC team.
Weigh (6-6, 220), a freshman forward/guard from Rockhampton, Australia, spent the past two seasons with the Australian Institute of Sport, the country's junior national team development program. He averaged 19 points and five rebounds last summer. Weigh led the AIS team in scoring at the Jones Cup, a FIBA International Tournament in Taipei, in July 2005.
Preseason Media Poll School (First Place Votes) Points 1. San Diego State (17) 192 2. BYU (1) 156 3. Air Force (3) 147 4. Utah 114 5. New Mexico 101 6. UNLV 99 7. Colorado State 68 8. Wyoming 51 9. TCU 27
Top Returning Player Brandon Heath, Sr., G, San Diego State
Top Freshman Stephen Weigh, G/F, Utah