Full Court Press: When BYU plays San Diego State, nothing else matters


Sorry this wasn't up yesterday, I couldn't get in front of a computer all day.

On Wednesday we saw 2 close games that meant a ton to the losing teams. BYU beat Colorado State 84-76, and while it may look like BYU beat up on CSU, the game actually was very close until a late run by BYU to go up 11 with less then 4:00 remaining sealed the Rams fate. In our second interesting game of the night, we needed overtime in The Pit for UNLV to beat New Mexico, 77-74. At one point in the second half, the Runnin' Rebels had been up by 15, but New Mexico climbed back in the game to send it to overtime - unfortunately, overtime didn't turn out to well for the Lobos.

Other than those two games, we did have close games between the bottom feeders in the conference. Utah edged one out over TCU, 50-48 and Wyoming blocked a last second shot by Air Force to defend home court, 63-61. Strangely enough, since Fred Langley has taken over for the Cowboys, Wyoming is 2-2.

New Mexico now has no real opportunity for an at-large bid. The Lobos are now 17-11 (5-8) with their only good wins coming at home against BYU and Colorado State. The Lobos still have a road trip to Provo scheduled, but a win there still won't get them over that hump into the NCAA Tournament. New Mexico will most likely have to win the MWC Tournament (Which means beating three of the four best MWC Teams) in order to get to the NCAA Tournament at this point.

Colorado State is in much better shape than New Mexico. The Rams don't have quite as many bad losses as the Lobos and they have three good wins over UNLV, New Mexico, and Southern Miss. Those wins aren't exactly what's going to get you over the line into the field when the NCAA Tournament committee looks at your resume, but the Rams regular season finale could be just what they needed. Colorado State travels to Viejas Arena to take on San Diego State in their season finale, and a win there would definitely solidify their resume as long as they don't slip up in the first round.

Best game from Wednesday: UNLV @ New Mexico

This award would have gone to CSU @ BYU had this game not gone into overtime. New Mexico really needed a win here to revive their at-large chances, yet they couldn't pull it off. UNLV won 77-74 in overtime.

Here are the current MWC Standings:

By Record:

Team Conference Record Overall Record
San Diego State 12-1 27-1
BYU 12-1 26-2
UNLV 9-5 21-7
Colorado State 8-5 18-9
Utah 6-8 13-15
New Mexico 5-8 17-11
Air Force 4-9 13-13
Wyoming 3-10 10-17
TCU 1-13 10-19


By RPI:

Team RPI
BYU 3
San Diego State 4
UNLV 25
Colorado State 44
New Mexico 90
Air Force 109
Utah 111
TCU 192
Wyoming 266


There's the one big game on national television, and then there's everything else...

BYU @ San Diego State

Saturday

11:00 A.M. PT

CBS (Yes, the national channel CBS)

Colorado State @ Air Force

Saturday

4:30 P.M. MT

The Mtn. 

New Mexico @ TCU

Saturday

7:00 P.M. CT

CBS College

Wyoming @ UNLV

Saturday

7:00 P.M. PT

The Mtn.

Game to watch on Saturday: BYU @ San Diego State

This is an easy pick, this game is for all the marbles and is on national television. All the other games are most likely going to be blowouts since its a good MWC team against a bad MWC team in each of those matchups. Did I mention BYU @ San Diego State in the CBS National Channel? No? Ok, here's your reminder:

Watch BYU @ San Diego State at 11:00 A.M. PT on CBS (National CBS). DON'T MISS IT.

 

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