Mountain West Basketball Tournament: Five Alternate Locations

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Mountain West Basketball Tournament: Five Alternate Locations

Every year about this time, someone begins the heated debate with a simple question: Why isn't the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament played on a neutral court?

In the 10 seasons the tournament has been held, seven have taken place in the Thomas and Mack Center, UNLV's home court. The other three (2004-2006) were held in Denver's Pepsi Center, but poor attendance figures pushed the tourney back to Sin City.

On March 10-13, the Thomas and Mack will host its eighth MWC tournament, and the Runnin' Rebels are poised to make a deep run in familiar territory.

The home court advantage for UNLV is substantial. The Rebels are 17-5 all-time in the MWC tournament, a winning percentage of 77.3. The schools closest to that mark, BYU and Utah, are both 11-8, a 57.9 winning percentage.

Of UNLV's three tourney titles and six championship game appearances, only one came in Denver: a 73-70 loss to Utah in 2004.

A failed relocation attempt should not indefinitely paralyze the MWC from considering a different location to improve competitive balance. Here are five alternatives that make the most sense.

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