There are now four teams left in the Mountain West tournament vying for the one bid for the NCAA Tournament and top-seeded Nevada advanced after an easy win over Utah State in the first quarterfinal game.
The Wolf Pack offense as led by none other than Cameron Oliver who had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and he got help from the rest of the team which shot 49 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line.
Fresno State is the Wolf Pack’s opponent and they had a tough matchup with New Mexico before ultimately won, 65-60. This game was not pretty as Fresno State shot 36 percent from the field and New Mexico at 40. The difference was Fresno State doubling up New Mexico from three-point range; eight to four. Then also free throws were a difference with the Bulldogs hitting 15 of 18 while the Lobos only made 12 of 22.
Fresno State swept the regular season series between Nevada, so beating a team a third time will be very difficult and that should make this a game to watch tomorrow night in Las Vegas.
The night cap has Colorado State taking on Air Force but the magic wore off for the Falcons as they dropped this game to the Rams. There were four players in double figures for Colorado State but it was Mountain West player of the year Gian Clavell who led the way with 30 points in the win.
The night cap saw No. 6 seeded San Diego State continue their run in the tournament with a blowout win over Boise State, 87-68. The Aztecs move on to face Colorado State in what will be their 10th consecutive trip to the Mountain West tournament semifinal appearance.
Malik Pope had a huge game scoring 22 points and had 10 rebounds but he suffered an injury late in the game as he was seen on the floor grabbing his knee. However, this seemed to be just a scare as Pope said after the game it was a "minor hyperextension" of his left knee and he will be fine to play in the semifinals.
San Diego State seems to have finally gotten their game on the right path over the prior 60 minutes of basketball; however, Colorado State swept the series against the Aztecs this year and have been the much more consistent team compared to San Diego State.
Point totals for #SDSU over their last three halves of basketball…— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) March 10, 2017
- 2nd half vs. UNLV: 36
- 1st half vs. BSU: 42
- 2nd half vs. BSU: 45
Both games that the Rams won were one-point victories and the most recent game saw Colorado State win on a last second three-point shot.
The dates, TV/stream viewing options and tip-off times are listed below. To stream CBS Sports Network one must have one of these five pay-TV providers.
Wednesday, March 8 (First round)
Utah State 90, San Jose State 64
Air Force 83, Wyoming 68
San Diego State 62, UNLV 52 (OT)
Thursday, March 9 (Quarterfinals)
Fresno State 65, New Mexico 60
Colorado State 81, Air Force 55
San Diego State 87, Boise State 68
Friday, March 10 (Semifinals)
No. 1 Nevada vs. No. 4 Fresno State - 7pm PT, CBS Sports Network
No. 2 Colorado State vs. No. 6 San Diego State - 930pm PT, CBS Sports Network
Saturday, March 11 (Championship)
Winner of Friday games - 3pm PT, CBS Sports/CBSSports.com