You own state says the Aztecs are the "flagship" of the MWC:
1,000 Words: Which school holds title of Mountain West basketball flagship?
" THE OFFICIAL DEFINITION of “flagship” is “the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular organization.”
"If you told the MW it could protect one basketball team that couldn’t get poached from another conference, who would it pick? My guess is San Diego State, which not only brings on-court results and great crowd support but also plays in the largest media market in the MW. The argument for the second slot would be between New Mexico, Nevada and UNLV."