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Mountain West Tournament Bracket: Nevada hopes to repeat as champs

The Wolf Pack is the favorite, but can someone steal a bid?

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For most of the season, the Mountain West was considered as one of the mid-major conferences with a chance at two bids. However, the league didn’t get enough done in the non-conference part of the season, which could make things interesting in the tournament.

For the second straight year, Nevada won the regular season title and claimed the top spot in the Mountain West Tournament. The Wolf Pack *should* get an at-large bid on Selection Sunday, but winning the conference tournament would alleviate that concern.

It won’t be an easy task, though. The Mountain West was extremely competitive this year, and has five or six teams with enough talent to get hot and steal and bid. It should be a lot of fun, and any tournament that could result in getting two-bids for a league is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Bracket

Eli Boettger - Mountain West Wire

How to Watch

First Round (March 7)

Stadium on Facebook Live will stream all three games.

Game 1: No. 9 Air Force vs. No. 8 UNLV, 2 p.m.

Game 2: No. 10 Colorado State vs. No. 7 Utah State (15-16, 8-1), approx. 4:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. 11 San José State vs. No. 6 Wyoming, approx. 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals (March 8)

CBSSN will air all four games.

Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 1 Nevada, 3 p.m.

Game 5: No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 4 Fresno State, approx. 5:30 p.m.

Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 Boise State, 9 p.m.

Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 3 New Mexico, approx. 11:30 p.m.

Semifinals (March 9)

CBSSN will air both games.

Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 9 p.m.

Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7, approx. 11:30 p.m.

Championship (March 10)

Game 10: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 6 p.m. (CBS)

Predictions

It’s hard to pick against Nevada. The Wolf Pack have consistently been among the best teams in the country, and their offense has the potential to be an absolute buzzsaw when it’s rolling. UNLV could give them problems in the second round though, and a red hot San Diego State team could be waiting for them in the semifinals.

On the other half of the bracket, Boise State was consistently considered to be the second best team in the league. With Chandler Hutchison in the mix, the Broncos could absolutely win three straight to get into the tournament.

Getting two bids would be great for the league as a whole, but Nevada might have too much talent to topple in Las Vegas. I think Nevada wins a close one over Boise State in the title game for their second straight championship.