League-Record Five MW Men's Basketball Teams Headed to NCAA Tournament

March 17, 2013

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A league-record five Mountain West teams will participate in the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with Sunday's bracket announcement. Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State and UNLV received at-large bids, joining Mountain West regular-season and tournament champion and automatic qualifier New Mexico in the 68-team field.

With five of its nine teams earning bids to the 2013 NCAA tournament, the Mountain West has the highest percentage (.556) of its teams included in the Big Dance of any of the 31 conferences. The MW is one of six conferences with five or more teams participating in March Madness in 2013.

This year marks the 12th consecutive season, and 13th overall, in which the Mountain West has had at least one NCAA at-large qualifier on Selection Sunday. In 14 years, MW teams have received 38 NCAA bids, including 25 at-large berths.

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  • Mountain West teams posted a collective 13-15 record this season against non-conference opponents who qualified for the 2013 NCAA tournament field, posting a 13-15 record. Of the 15 losses, nine were by single digits.
  • Four Mountain West teams also participated in the 2010 and 2012 NCAA tournaments. The MW has sent at least three teams to the NCAA tournament four straight years and seven times overall in the league's 14-year history.
  • The Mountain West is one of seven conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC) to send at least three teams to the NCAA tournament four straight years, as well as two teams in each of the last 12 years.
  • Since 2007, 19 of 22 MW representatives in the NCAA tournament have received a single-digit seed.

New Mexico No. 3 Seed New Mexico Lobos vs. No. 14 Seed Harvard Crimson - West Regional
Thursday, March 21 - Time 7:50 p.m. MT
Energy Solutions Arena - Salt Lake City, Utah

New Mexico (29-5) claimed the Mountain West regular-season crown and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after capturing the MW tournament title with a 63-56 victory over UNLV on Saturday. The Lobos, who earned a No. 3 seed in the West Regional, will take on No. 14 seed and Ivy League champion Harvard (19-9) on Thursday, March 21 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. This marks the Lobos' third NCAA tournament appearance in four years and 14th overall.

A Closer Look at New Mexico

  • New Mexico is currently No. 15 and 14 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches' polls, respectively,
  • New Mexico vs. 2013 NCAA Tournament field: 13-4.
  • New Mexio's No. 3 seed ties for the Lobos' highest in NCAA tournament history. UNM was a No. 3 seed in 2010, but fell to 11th-seeded Washington in the second round. The Lobos were also a No. 3 seed in 1997.
  • New Mexico will be meeting Harvard for the first time. The Lobos are 13-0 all-time vs. teams from the Ivy League (2-0 vs. Brown, 3-0 vs. Columbia, 2-0 vs. Cornell, 4-0 vs. Dartmouth, 1-0 vs. Penn, 1-0 vs. Yale).
  • The Mountain West is 1-0 vs. Ivy League teams this season, including Nevada's 85-75 win over Yale on December 28, 2012.
  • The winner of the New Mexico-Harvard contest will take on the winner of No. 6 Arizona (25-7) vs. No. 11 Belmont (27-6). The Wildcats earned an at-large bid out of the Pac-12 Conference, while the Bruins received an automatic bid after capturing the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament crowns in their first year as a member of the league.
  • The Lobos hold a 42-83 record vs. Arizona, with their last meeting coming in the form of a 70-68 victory in Tucson on Dec. 21, 1999. New Mexico has never faced Belmont.

UNLV No. 5 Seed UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs. No. 12 Seed California Bears - East Regional
Thursday, March 21 - Approx. 4:27 p.m. PT
HP Pavilion - San Jose, Calif.
TV: truTV

UNLV (25-9) garnered its 10th at-large bid in program history after finishing third in the Mountain West and advancing to the semifinals of the MW tournament. The Runnin' Rebels will travel to HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and will face No. 12 seed and Pac-12 at-large team California (20-11) in the second round on Thursday, March 21. UNLV will be making its sixth NCAA tournament appearance in seven years, including a Sweet 16 run in 2007. Making their 20th NCAA tournament trip overall, the Rebels hold a 33-18 record in NCAA tournament games.

A Closer Look at UNLV

  • UNLV vs. 2013 NCAA tournament field: 8-6.
  • UNLV will face California for the second time this season, after the Runnin' Rebels posted a 76-75 victory in Berkeley on Dec. 9, 2012.
  • Mountain West teams are 7-9 vs. the Pac-12 this season and 66-90 overall.
  • The Rebels are 1-1 vs. the Pac-12 in 2012-13, after falling to Oregon, 83-79, on Nov. 23, 2012. Overall, the Rebels hold a 5-1 all-time record vs. Cal.
  • UNLV is 58-49 all-time vs. teams from the Pac-12 (11-6 vs. Arizona, 2-2 vs. Arizona State, 5-1 vs. Cal, 4-2 vs. Colorado, 1-3 vs. Oregon, 3-1 vs. Oregon State, 1-2 vs. Stanford, 0-4 vs. UCLA, 4-5 vs. USC, 24-22 vs. Utah, 2-1 vs. Washington, 1-0 vs. Washington State).
  • The winner of the UNLV-California game will face the winner of No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Montana. UNLV is 1-2 all-time vs. Syracuse (105-83 win on Dec. 5, 1975; 78-57 loss on Dec. 18, 1996; 71-64 loss on Dec. 20, 1997), and 4-0 vs. Montana (75-67 on March 7, 1995 in NCAA West Regional; 99-66 on Dec. 21, 1979; 99-65 on March 15, 1991 in NCAA West First Round; 86-67 win on Dec. 30, 2003).

San Diego State No. 7 Seed San Diego State Aztecs vs. No. 10 Seed Oklahoma Sooners - South Regional
Friday, March 22 - 9:20 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, Pa.

Number 7 seed San Diego State (22-10) earned its second straight NCAA at-large selection after tying for fourth place in the Mountain West standings and advancing to the semifinals of the MW tournament. The Aztecs will square off against No. 10 seed Oklahoma (20-11) on Friday, March 22 in the South Regional at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. San Diego State is making its fourth straight appearance, and ninth overall, in the NCAA tournament, including a Sweet 16 run in 2011.

A Closer Look at San Diego State

  • San Diego State vs. 2013 NCAA tournament field: 5-8.
  • This will be San Diego State's fourth outing against Oklahoma. The Aztecs are 0-3 all-time vs. the Sooners, including a 92-57 loss on Dec. 7, 1973, a 91-66 loss on Jan. 5, 1974 and a 79-74 loss on Jan. 2, 1975.
  • The Mountain West is 1-1 vs. the Big 12 this season. Fresno State fell at Texas, 55-53, on Nov. 9, 2012, while UNLV beat Iowa State, 82-70, on Nov. 24, 2012.
  • Overall, San Diego State is 21-13 against teams from the Big 12 (3-2 vs. Baylor, 1-1 vs. Kansas, 2-2 vs. Kansas State, 0-3 vs. Oklahoma, 2-1 vs. Oklahoma State, 13-4 vs. TCU.
  • The winner of the San Diego State-Oklahoma game will take on the winner of No. 2 seed Georgetown (25-6) vs. No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast (24-10). The Hoyas earned an at-large bid from the Big East Conference, while the Eagles claimed the Atlantic Sun tournament crown to receive the league's automatic bid.
  • San Diego State has yet to face Florida Gulf Coast, while holding a 0-1 overall record vs. Georgetown (71-53 loss on Dec. 5, 1981).

Colorado State No. 8 Seed Colorado State Rams vs. No. 9 Seed Missouri Tigers - Midwest Regional
Thursday, March 21 - Approx. 9:20 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena - Lexington, Ky.

Colorado State (25-8) earned a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face No. 9 seed Missouri (23-10) in second-round play on Thursday, March 21 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The Rams, who earned an at-large bid for the second straight year, will be making their 10th trip to the NCAA tournament. This marks the fourth straight postseason appearance for CSU.

A Closer Look at Colorado State

  • Colorado State vs. 2013 NCAA Tournament field: 4-7.
  • Colorado State is 1-1 against Missouri (64-52 win on Dec. 16, 1967; 81-55 loss at Missouri on Dec. 17, 1969).
  • This will mark the Mountain West's first meeting with a team from the Southeastern Conference this year.
  • Colorado State is 0-1 all-time vs. the SEC, falling to Alabama, 71-54, on March 16, 1990, in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The winner of the Colorado State-Missouri meeting will face the winner of No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 16 North Carolina A&T or Liberty. It would mark CSU's first-ever meeting with any of those opponents.

Boise State No. 13 Seed Boise State Broncos vs. No. 13 Seed La Salle Explorers - West Regional
Wednesday, March 20 - 9:10 p.m. ET
UD Arena - Dayton, Ohio
TV: truTV

Boise State (21-10) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and will square off against fellow No. 13 seed La Salle (21-9) in the First Four on Wednesday, March 20 at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, at 9:10 p.m. ET. This marks the first at-large invitation for the Broncos, who are appearing in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008 and sixth time overall, having also earned automatic bids in 1976, 1988, 1993 and 1994.

A Closer Look at Boise State

  • Boise State vs. 2013 NCAA Tournament field: 4-7.
  • This will be the first-ever meeting between Boise State and La Salle.
  • Boise State is making the Mountain West's first-ever trip to the First Four.
  • Boise State is 0-1 all-time vs. teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference, after falling to VCU, 87-85, on Dec. 28, 1973. The winner of the Boise State-La Salle contest will play No. 4 seed Kansas State. It would mark the Broncos's first-ever meeting with the Wildcats.
  • The Broncos are 2-4 all-time vs. teams from the Big 12 (0-3 vs. Kansas, 2-1 vs. TCU)
  • The Mountain West is 1-1 vs. the Big 12 this season. Fresno State fell at Texas, 55-53, on Nov. 9, 2012, while UNLV beat Iowa State, 82-70, on Nov. 24, 2012.