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Mountain West Basketball Saturday: Schedule, How-To-Watch & Gamethread

Nevada is now the Mountain West champs. So how focused will they be on Saturday night’s trip to “The Show”?

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The Schedule & How-To-Watch

Air Force v. San Jose State (2:00 PM MT) | Coverage: Mountain West Network

Boise State v. Wyoming (5:00 PM MT) | Coverage: AT&T Sports Network

Utah State v. UNLV (7:00 PM MT) | Coverage: ESPN3

New Mexico v. Fresno State (7:00 PM MT) | Coverage: ESPN3

San Diego State v. Nevada (8:00 PM MT) | Coverage: CBS Sports Network

What To Watch For

Nevada’s Championship Hangover

The Wolf Pack took care of UNLV on Wednesday night (as expected) and Nevada now enters this weekend’s clash with San Diego State on a six-game winning streak. They also are now playing with the title of Mountain West Champions to their name, which isn’t always a good thing. With nothing more to prove, can Nevada protect their NCAA Tournament resume? Or will they let one slip away during a grueling road trip to San Diego State on Saturday night?

New Mexico & Fresno State Battle For Third

New Mexico has rallied with four straight victories to suddenly make things interesting behind Nevada and Boise State in the league standings. In actuality, third place will be determined once and for all at “The Pit” on Saturday. But what does third place really matter after all? Well, when a third seed in the Mountain West Tournament potentially keeps you across the bracket from the Wolf Pack, it may mean the starting point for a conference tournament run for the Lobos or the Bulldogs. This match-up could be the game of the day.

Something’s Gotta Give For the Aggies And Runnin’ Rebels

Both teams roll into this contest on four-game losing skids, which is a bit stunning, considering the enormous potential that UNLV had this season and the moments of brilliance that Utah State displayed at times. There’s more belief that the Runnin’ Rebels can turn some heads in the post-season than the Aggies, but you just never know in the Mountain West. One of these squads will stop their losing ways this weekend and potentially jump-start what’s left of their season in the right direction.