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Mountain West Bracketology: Week Nine

A major shift at the top

NCAA Basketball: Nevada at Utah State Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Mountain West basketball was quite an adventure this past weekend. The Mountain West has gone from a one bid league to a two bid league, and maybe even a three bid league. Let’s take a look at the top teams in the Mountain West and where they could be playing at the end of March.

Nevada

The Wolf Pack has shown plenty of chinks in the armor in recent weeks, and it all came to a head on Saturday night when they traveled to Logan. Nevada was outplayed for the majority of the contest, before falling 81-76. This loss likely means Nevada will not win the conference outright and will need an impressive showing in Las Vegas to help their seeding for March Madness. I am now predicting the Wolf Pack as a six-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Utah State

One of the hottest teams in basketball had their most impressive win of the season on Saturday night over Nevada. The win likely secures Utah State a spot in March Madness. I am currently projecting the Aggies as an eleven-seed in the NCAA tournament.

Fresno State/San Diego State

The Aztecs have the toughest final week of the season with contests against Fresno State and Nevada. The winner of the Fresno State/San Diego State game will be the three-seed in the conference tournament and have a chance at making a deep run. I think one of these teams should be able to secure a NIT spot this week. If SDSU can beat both Fresno State and Nevada (again), will that be enough for them to get some at-large consideration?

What are your thoughts? Is it possible that we could see three Mountain West teams playing in the NCAA tournament?