Our weekday games this past Tuesday and Wednesday were not intruguing matchups, but they were good games to watch (sort of). All of the games were close for most of the game, but most were also defensive struggles. In our Tuesday matchup, UNLV played very sloppy against Air Force, but still won 49-42. Colorado State pulled away from TCU in the final 10 minutes of the game to win 69-55. Utah came from behind at home to beat Wyoming 80-70. And in the game to watch, San Diego State held off yet another late rally from New Mexico and pulled out the victory, 68-62.
At this point we can say New Mexico's chances at an at-large bid are dead. The Lobos now sit at 17-9 with a road trip to Provo and a home game against UNLV still remaining on the schedule. New Mexico will most likely have to now win the MWC Tournament in order to get a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Winning the MWC Tournament is going to be no easy task since they have essentially elimanted themselves from any chance at getting the MWC 3 seed. With them having either the 4 or the 5 seed, they will have to face the upper echelon of the MWC in all 3 games on the way to an MWC Tournament championship if they can get there.
Regardless of what happens with New Mexico's chances at an NCAA Tournament bid, UNLV and Colorado State are still very much alive for an NCAA Tournament bid as well as the MWC Tournament 3 seed. Both could really use this win here to boost their resume, but the big thing in this game is getting the MWC Tournament 3 seed. The difference between the MWC Tournament 3 seed and 4 seed is huge because it is the difference between facing New Mexico in the first round and facing Air Force or Utah in the first round. For a full of explanation of this scenario, read Monday's Full Court Press here.
Best game from Wednesday: New Mexico @ San Diego State
The Lobos needed a win against the Aztecs in order to keep their at-large hopes alive and they played like it. San Diego State built a lead that reached its climax at 47-33, but New Mexico stormed back to make a game of it. Just like in New Mexico's game last Saturday at Colorado State, the Lobos were too late and couldn't finish the late rally.
Here are the current MWC Standings:
|Team||Conference Record||Overall Record|
|San Diego State||11-1||26-1|
|San Diego State||3|
Another interesting thing about the Mountain West is that each team's SOS ranks, excluding Wyoming, are Top 100 in the nation.
Interestingly enough, we have two sell out games on Saturday. TCU sould out their home game against BYU and CSU sold out their game against UNLV. Here is the list of games for Saturday.
San Diego State @ Air Force
12:00 P.M. MT
BYU @ TCU
3:30 P.M. CT
UNLV @ Colorado State
5:00 P.M. MT
Utah @ New Mexico
7:30 P.M. MT
Game to watch on Saturday: UNLV @ Colorado State
This is going to be the decider in who gets the MWC Tournament 3 seed and both teams really need this win. This will be a hard fought battle in front of a UNLV.
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