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WAC Tournament bracket and schedule: Can anyone topple New Mexico State?

A steadily improving league will give it the old college try.

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Gary Mook

The WAC roars into Las Vegas in a familiar spot. The league is yet again chasing New Mexico State, which won the regular season title for the second consecutive season, and is riding a 16-game winning streak.

It’ll be a tall order for the league to tackle that wave of momentum, and the impossibly large rotation that produced it. But, since the current group came together in 2013-14, it’s never seemed more capable of challenging the Aggie juggernaut. The WAC’s overall conference metrics are on very solid footing, and while 16-14 Cal Baptist won’t be present as it waits out its transition period, there is quality depth — including two other top-100 KenPom teams (Utah Valley, Grand Canyon).

The second-seeded Wolverines are playing especially well, winning 10 out of their last 11 games, including a blowout win over GCU. Seattle is also full of intrigue, as the Redhawks knocked off a pair of downtrodden Pac-12 teams in the non-conference, before being hit heavily by injuries. They’re healthier now and could pose a unique threat in Las Vegas.

Tournament Bracket

How to Watch

Quarterfinals (Thu., March 14)

ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

Note: According to the WAC website, “The No. 1 seed may choose the time of its first game, and the bracket will be adjusted accordingly.”

Game 1: No. 8 Chicago State Cougars vs. No. 1 New Mexico State Aggies, 3 p.m.

Game 2: No. 5 vs. No. 4, approx. 5:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. 7 vs. No. 2, 9 p.m.

Game 4: No. 6 vs. No. 3, approx. 11:30 p.m.

Semifinals (Fri., March 15)

ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 9 p.m.

Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, approx. 11:30 p.m.

Championship (Sat., March 16)

Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 10:30 p.m. (ESPNU)