MWC team in the Final Four?

New Mexico's Kendall Williams has a shot at winning MWC Player of the Year honors. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

With the start of the 2012-13 college basketball season fast approaching, ESPN Insider is looking at the five "burning" questions facing each of the major conferences. In this edition, John Gasaway tackles the Mountain West.

1. Can the Mountain West reach its first Final Four?

The Mountain West is just 15-33 lifetime in the NCAA tournament, and no team from the league has ever made the Elite Eight, much less the Final Four.

Given this checkered past, it may seem foolish to speculate on the league's potential to reach the 2013 Final Four. But that's exactly what I'm going to do: UNLV, New Mexico and San Diego State all project to be very good this season.