Mountain West Tournament: Preview & Predictions for the Wild MWC

Kaleb SmithCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2012

San Diego State and UNLV look to capture the Mountain West Championship.
San Diego State and UNLV look to capture the Mountain West Championship.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Another action-packed season has been produced from the Mountain West Conference. Last season, had the conference at top notch with the likes of Jimmer Fredette's BYU Cougars, Kawhi Leonard and San Diego State, with UNLV always running with the pack. 

This season has seen the exit of a few teams (BYU and Utah), but certainly has not lacked excitement. With tourney bids at stake, the teams took turns in first place, as it was left for grabs entering the last game of the season. San Diego State eventually gained first place in conference to snag the top seed in the tournament.  

The flashing lights of the Las Vegas strip will welcome the Mountain West teams as the Thomas & Mack Center will host the games.

The Matchups:

1) San Diego State Aztecs vs. 8) Boise State

SDSU should have no problem taking care of the new team into conference. 

4) Colorado State Rams vs. 5) TCU

With a strong season, the Rams are in deep consideration for an at-large tourney bid, but a first round loss would kill hopes. 

2) New Mexico Lobos vs. 7) Air Force Falcons

Air Force will allow the Lobos to fly as New Mexico easily snags a victory.  

3) UNLV vs. 6) Wyoming

UNLV is "on the road" for the whole tournament. The Runnin' Rebels are perfect in the Thomas & Mack Center. 



1) San Diego State vs. 4) Colorado State

Colorado St. has proven the ability to compete. Look for a thrilling game, but slight advantage to the Aztecs. 

2) New Mexico vs. 3) UNLV

Remember UNLV is unbeaten in Las Vegas. They are playing on their home court. Also, the Rebels already beat New Mexico. 


1) San Diego State vs. 3) UNLV

A tough match between these two is brewing. The two games were split with the advantage going to the home team by a margin of two points. Despite San Diego wearing the home white jerseys, the advantage is in favor of the Runnin' Rebels of Las Vegas on their home court!

The Mountain West certainly is the wild west, and has some sure fire excitement packed in the upcoming days.  Soon, we will see how San Diego, New Mexico, UNLV and Colorado State will shake up in the conference and for the remainder of March!