When it got four teams into the NCAA tournament for the first time last year, the Mountain West's hoops profile appeared to be on the doorstep of joining the ranks of the so-called 'Big Six' conferences.
But only two of them got out of the first round in 2010, and none advanced past the second.
It was a lost opportunity.
It was there again on Saturday, and this time was seized.
BYU and San Diego State pulled off wins that couldn't have been more different, but they'll both be heading into Sweet Sixteen, giving the MWC a representative in the second weekend for the first time since UNLV did so in 2007.