Mountain West Announces 2015 MW Men's Basketball Championship Bracket

 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Regular-season co-champion Boise State enters the 2015 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed for the first time since joining the Conference in 2011-12. This marks the first MW regular-season title for Boise State, who shared the crown with San Diego State after both teams finished Conference play with identical 14-4 marks. The Broncos won the head-to-head tiebreaker after sweeping the Aztecs in their two regular-season meetings. San Diego State will be the No. 2 seed.

 

Colorado State finished third in the standings and earned the No. 3 seed. Wyoming finished tied for fourth with Utah State and won the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of its 1-0 record vs. No. 1 seed Boise State. Wyoming will be the No. 4 seed, while Utah State claims the No. 5 seed. Fresno State finished sixth to garner the No. 6 seed, and UNLV earned the No. 7 seed following its seventh-place finish. New Mexico, Air Force and Nevada closed out the regular season in eighth, ninth and 10th place, respectively, to round out the bracket as the No. 8, 9 and 10 seeds. San José State finished in 11th place, but is not eligible for postseason play.

 

The 2015 MW Men’s Basketball Championship will be held in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center, March 11-14. Action gets underway Wednesday, March 11, with two first-round matchups airing on the Mountain West Network. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds take place on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, respectively, and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The championship game will be broadcast on CBS at 3 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 14.

 

No. 8 New Mexico (15-15, 7-11) and No. 9 Air Force (13-16, 6-12) square off at Noon PT Wednesday in the opening game of the first-round session. The Lobos are 2-0 vs. the Falcons in MW tournament play, winning quarterfinal matchups in 2010 and 2012. New Mexico holds a 56-20 advantage in the overall series after splitting its two in-season meetings with Air Force this season.

 

No. 7 UNLV (17-14, 8-10) faces No. 10 Nevada (9-21, 5-13) in first-round action at 2:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday. The Runnin’ Rebels and Wolf Pack are meeting in MW tournament play for the first time. The in-state rivals split their in-season matchups, moving the all-time series record to 58-22 in favor of UNLV.

 

The top six seeds earned first-round byes into Thursday’s quarterfinals. Top-seeded Boise State (24-7, 14-4) will play the winner of No. 8 New Mexico and No. 9 Air Force at Noon PT, followed by a 2:30 p.m. PT meeting between No. 4 Wyoming (22-9, 11-7) and No. 5 Utah State (18-12, 11-7). Second-seeded San Diego State (24-7, 14-4) awaits a 6 p.m. PT meeting with the winner of the No. 7 UNLV-No. 10 Nevada matchup, while No. 3 Colorado State (26-5, 13-5) takes on No. 6 Fresno State (15-16, 10-8) at 8:30 p.m. PT.

 

MW MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES

  • Three-time defending Mountain West tournament champion New Mexico enters the 2015 event riding a league-record nine-game win streak in MW tournament action.

 

  • New Mexico (2005, 2012, 2013, 2014) and San Diego State (2002, 2006, 2010, 2011) have won the most MW tournament titles with four apiece.

 

  • Overall, the MW tournament has produced six different champions in 15 years, with the current MW membership accounting for 12 of the 15 titles. UNLV (2000, 2007, 2008) joins New Mexico and San Diego State as the only current MW teams to have won multiple titles while Colorado State (2003) has captured one crown.

 

  • The top seed has made it to the MW tournament finals nine times in 15 years, posting a 3-6 record. UNLV entered the inaugural MW tournament as the top seed in 2000 and won the title. In 2006, San Diego State became the second No. 1 seed to claim the crown, while New Mexico captured the championship as the No. 1 seed in 2013.

 

  • Each of the top six seeds has won MW tournament titles. The No. 7 seed is the lowest seed ever to advance to the championship game.

 

  • The No. 2 seed has posted the best win percentage in MW tournament contests at 30-7 (.811), going 14-1 in quarterfinal games, 8-6 in semifinal contests and 8-0 in title matchups.

 

  • The top two seeds have met seven times in the MW tournament finals, with the No. 2 seed winning all seven meetings.

 

  • Overall, the MW tournament has produced six different champions in 15 years, with the current MW membership accounting for 12 of the 15 titles. UNLV (2000, 2007, 2008) joins New Mexico and San Diego State as the only current MW teams to have won multiple titles while Colorado State (2003) has captured one crown.

 

  • A Mountain West regular-season champion or co/tri-champion has made it to the finals of the tournament 11 times in 15 years, winning the crown seven times. New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV are the only three current MW members to have earned a MW regular-season title and tournament crown in the same year, while the Lobos (2013) and Aztecs (2006) are the only teams to capture the tournament title after winning the regular-season crown outright.

 

 

2015 MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS
Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, Nevada
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 - FIRST ROUND
Noon PT #8 New Mexico vs. #9 Air Force Mountain West Network
2:30 p.m. PT #7 UNLV vs. #10 Nevada Mountain West Network
THURSDAY, MARCH 12 - QUARTERFINALS
Noon PT #1 Boise State vs. #8 New Mexico/#9 Air Force Winner CBS Sports Network
2:30 p.m. PT #4 Wyoming vs. #5 Utah State CBS Sports Network
6 p.m. PT #2 San Diego State vs. #7 UNLV/#10 Nevada Winner CBS Sports Network
8:30 p.m. PT #3 Colorado State vs. #6 Fresno State CBS Sports Network
FRIDAY, MARCH 13 - SEMIFINALS
6 p.m. PT BSU-UNM/AFA Winner vs. WYO/USU Winner CBS Sports Network
8:30 p.m. PT SDSU-UNLV/NEV Winner vs. CSU/FS Winner CBS Sports Network
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
3 p.m. PT Championship Game CBS

 

All games are Pacific Time.

 

MW BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TICKET INFORMATION
All-session and single-session tickets for the 2015 Mountain West Men's Basketball Championship may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, online at UNLVTickets.com, by calling 702-739-3267 or 866-388-3267, or by visiting any one of the UNLVTickets outlets in Las Vegas. The Thomas & Mack Center box office will be open Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. PT.