Mountain West Conference Championship 2011: Who Needs To Win for Ticket To Dance

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Mountain West Conference Championship 2011: Who Needs To Win for Ticket To Dance
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Can Player-of-the-Year candidate Jimmer Fredette lead BYU to the MWC championship?

For those of you who have been loyal fans of the Mountain West Conference over the years, you should be relishing the events of this weekend because it will be the last time the MWC plays together before teams start scattering to different conferences next season.

BYU, the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, is moving on to the Western Athletic Conference next season, where they will play the likes of Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. Utah is moving on to the expanded PAC-12 and TCU takes their game next season to the Big East.

So, in this last MWC tournament as currently constituted, who will actually break out and make a case for the NCAA Tournament? With the expansion to 68 teams this year, it can certainly mean the difference of winning a couple of tourney games to make the NCAA take notice.

While BYU and San Diego State appear to be shoo-ins for the Big Dance no matter what happens in the MWC tournament, there is the possibility of at least three other teams who could play their way in.

We will take a look at the matchups and see if the expansion of the NCAA Tournament can play in the favor of the Mountain West conference.

For continuing coverage of the MWC and NCAA Tournament, follow Doug on Twitter @Sports_A_Holic.

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