In mid-January, New Mexico dropped back-to-back games against San Diego State and UNLV, the two best teams in the Mountain West Conference. The losses snapped a 13-game winning streak, and relegated New Mexico to the back burner of mid-major discussions.
SDSU and UNLV were ranked 16th and 20th at the time, and when New Mexico had to repeat the two-game gauntlet last week, the Aztecs and the Runnin' Rebels had climbed to 15th and 11th, respectively. But this time, the Lobos won by 10 at San Diego and clobbered UNLV at home by 20 points. A lot had changed in a month. The wins earned them an AP Top 25 ranking for the first time all season (18th), essentially locked up a Mountain West regular season title, and directed our attention to the fact that this might be one of the 10 best teams in the country.
I'd say it's high time we had a good look at the 22-4 New Mexico Lobos, Q&A style.