Selection Sunday is here and the Mountain West is in an unfamiliar position.
Two-seeded Fresno State (25-9, 73 RPI) clinched its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001 with a 68-63 win over San Diego State, but the rest of the conference heads into the deciding day with a number of questions.
"I think if we won (Saturday), all doubt would be removed," San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher explained to the media after the Mountain West final. "Now we'll be like everybody else: wondering, worrying, waiting.
As it currently stands, NYC Buckets projects San Diego State to (25-9, 32 RPI) to receive the 1 seed for the NIT tournament. ESPN's Joe Lunardi, however, believes that the Aztecs will be headed to Dayton for the First Four of the NCAA Tournament.
San Diego State is the only Mountain West team that is projected to be placed in the NIT field, according to NYC Buckets. Regular season 1 seeds that fail to win their conference tournament (and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament) receive an automatic bid to the NIT. This has already been the case 13 times this year, meaning that approximately 13 of the 32 spots in the NIT field are already taken. The Aztecs are slotted in to the 1 seed in NYC Buckets' NIT Bracketology.
Boise State (20-12, 101 RPI) does not know its tournament fate either. The Broncos fell in the MW quarterfinal to Colorado State 88-81 on Thursday. BSU's Anthony Drmic, who is only two points shy of the school scoring record, might be the deciding factor in whether the Broncos participate in a postseason tournament. Leon Rice and junior forward Nick Duncan have made it no secret - they want Boise State to play in a postseason tournament (CIT, CBI, Vegas 16) in order for Drmic to finish his historic career in the record books.