Selection Sunday has come and passed, and it's time to take a look at where the Mountain West teams will be playing. Your list will be before the jump, and then after I'll provide some commentary on each team.
Teams in the NCAA Tournament
San Diego State - 2 seed - plays Northern Colorado on Thursday in the first round. - TV: TNT - Time: 1:30 P.M. PT
BYU - 3 seed - plays Wofford on Thursday in the first round. - TV: CBS - Time: 4:00 P.M. PT
UNLV - 8 seed - plays Illinois in the first round. - TV: TBS - Time: 6:20 P.M. PT
Teams in the NIT
Colorado State - 3 seed - plays Fairfield on Tuesday in the first round. - TV: ESPN3.com - Time: 6:00 P.M. PT
New Mexico - 4 seed - plays UTEP on Tuesday in the first round. - TV: ESPN2 - Time: 6:00 P.M. PT
Teams in the CIT
Air Force - plays North Dakota on Tuesday in the first round. - TV: None - Time: 6:00 P.M. CT
Now for the commentary. First let's talk about the NCAA Tournament teams.
In my opinion, UNLV got screwed over by the NCAA Committee. More than half of the respected bracketologists in the community had projected the Runnin' Rebels to be a 6 seed, but UNLV was given an 8 seed in the Midwest. This is the 2nd time in the past 4 years that UNLV has been given an 8 seed in the Midwest with Kansas being the 1 seed. Last time, UNLV fell to Kansas in the second round pretty hard. I don't understand exactly why UNLV got shafted the way they did after almost beating SDSU in the conference tournament.
San Diego State, on the other hand, has a very favorable path. They play Northern Colorado in the first round, and either Temple or Penn State in the second round. After that, the most likely matchup is UConn before having to beat Duke in order to make the Final Four. Their path to the Sweet 16 may be easy, but after that there are no easy games for the Aztecs.
BYU got a pretty favorable seed since the team has struggled since losing Brandon Davies and losing to New Mexico and San Diego State. BYU plays Wofford and then St. Johns or Gonzaga. St. Johns might be a tough team to beat since they have been known to be giant killers this season and BYU is generally viewed as a giant.
The NIT works a little differently from the NCAA Tournament, as the higher seed hosts each game until the semi-finals. That gives an advantage to Colorado State and New Mexico in the first round, who both have higher seeds over their opponents. New Mexico drew a rivalry date with UTEP in The Pit, which should be really fun to watch. Colorado State, on the other hand, didn't get as good of an opponent in the Tournament, CSU plays Fairfield.
If both teams can win, then the road doesn't get any easier. New Mexico then has to travel to Alabama (Not too bad) and CSU has to travel out to the Bay Area to face a very good St. Mary's team. Air Force plays in the CIT and it will be interesting to see how far the Falcons can go.
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