Mountain West Tournament 2013 Bracket: Seeds, Odds, Matchups and More

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMarch 10, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 27: Demetrius Walker #40 and Alex Kirk #53 of the New Mexico Lobos celebrate after the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena on December 27, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. New Mexico won 55-54. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Mountain West Tournament doesn't sound like a premier conference tourney when you first hear it, but it could very well be the most exciting spectacle of the upcoming weekend.

Bracketology by ESPN's Joe Lunardi has five MWC teams in the NCAA tournament, and you never know if a Cinderella team like Air Force—which beat New Mexico in its season finale—could make a run at the championship.

The four-day tournament is set to tip off Tuesday. While UNLV hosts the conference tournament, one could make a case for almost any team in the conference cutting down the nets when the final horn blows.

Below is a breakdown of the seeds and odds, as well as a list of matchups with a final prediction.

Full Bracket

Seeds and Odds (via Bovada)

No. 1 New Mexico Lobos: 5-4

The Lobos are the best team in the field but are reeling as of late and don't have home-court advantage. 

No. 2 Colorado State Rams: 9-1

Colorado State is sitting rather pretty at the moment with a spot secured in the Big Dance, but it doesn't have a win versus a ranked team this season. 

No. 3 UNLV Runnin' Rebels: 8-5

Playing at home, the Rebs have the advantage. If they can get past a pesky Air Force squad in their opener, they'll be the distinct favorite to cut down the nets.

No. 4 San Diego State Aztecs: 6-1

The Aztecs take care of business against weak teams, but they've lost four of seven. And each of those losses came against MWC teams that will be dancing.

No. 5 Boise State Broncos: 35-1

Riding the bubble is an understatement. An early exit could spell doom for the Broncos, but a couple of impressive wins would put their stamp on an NCAA tournament bid. 

No. 6 Air Force Falcons: 100-1

The Falcons know they can beat anyone in the field. But they won't be able to keep that going for three straight days.

No. 7 Fresno State Bulldogs: N/A

The Bulldogs are fresh off a win over UNLV to close out the regular season, but their chances of winning the championship are slim at best.

No. 8 Wyoming Cowboys: 12-1

After winning their first 13 games, the Cowboys were ready for a big season. Now, they've lost 10 of 13 and are hardly a force in the MWC.

No. 9 Nevada Wolfpack: 25-1

The Wolfpack open up against Wyoming, which notched two of its four conference wins against them. Checkmate. 

First RoundTuesday, March 12 (Game 1)

8 p.m. ET No. 8 Wyoming vs. No. 9 Nevada

*televised on CBS Sports Network

Nevada is lucky just to make an appearance in the MWC Tournament, as just days ago it was out of the top nine spots. Wyoming has shown much more promise on the season, and should have no problem getting out of Tuesday's opener with an easy win.

QuarterfinalsWednesday, March 13 (Games 2-5)

3 p.m. ET No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Air Force
5:30 p.m. ET No. 2 Colorado State vs. No. 7 Fresno State
9:30 p.m. ET No. 1 New Mexico vs. Game 1 winner
Midnight ET No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 5 Boise State

*televised on CBS Sports Network

UNLV opens up its campaign to win the conference tournament at home by facing off against upset-prone Air Force. The Falcons have sent shock waves through the conference multiple times this season and could do so again with a big win.

New Mexico has a much easier task of cruising to the semifinals, facing the winner of Tuesday's game. 

Boise State, on the other hand, can secure a quality win with their opener in the late game against tourney-bound San Diego State.

SemifinalsFriday, March 15 (Games 6-7)

9 p.m. ET Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner
11:30 p.m. ET Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

*televised on CBS Sports Network

We could very well see UNLV-Colorado State along with San Diego State-New Mexico in this semifinal round, which could be the first time ever that four sure-fire tournament teams made the MWC semis.

Of course, that would mean Boise State lost and greatly hurt the conference's chances of putting five teams in the Big Dance for the first time ever.

ChampionshipSaturday, March 16, 9 p.m. ET, CBS

Prediction: UNLV over New Mexico

This will be a showdown between two teams that could go deep, and it should go down to the wire to provide us with a healthy dose of March Madness heading into the Big Dance. 

As in any huge matchup between quality teams, home court will play a huge role. The Runnin' Rebels just so happen to have that advantage, and they'll pounce with Anthony Bennett's squad gearing up for what comes next.


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