2018 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2018 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2017–18
Teams11
SiteThomas & Mack Center
Paradise, Nevada
ChampionsSan Diego State (5th title)
Winning coachBrian Dutcher (1st title)
MVPTrey Kell (San Diego State)
Attendance35,565
TelevisionStadium, CBSSN, CBS
← 2017
2019 →
2017–18 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 24 Nevada 15 3   .833     29 8   .784
Boise State 13 5   .722     23 9   .719
New Mexico 12 6   .667     19 15   .559
Fresno State 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
San Diego State 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
Wyoming 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
UNLV 8 10   .444     20 13   .606
Utah State 8 10   .444     17 17   .500
Air Force 6 12   .333     12 19   .387
Colorado State 4 14   .222     11 21   .344
San Jose State 1 17   .056     4 26   .133
2018 MW Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Mountain West Conference. It was held from March 7–10, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada. San Diego State defeated New Mexico in the championship game to win the tournament receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.[1][2]

Seeds[edit]

All 11 MW schools were eligible to participate in the tournament. Teams were seeded by conference record, with a ties broken by record between the tied teams followed by record against the regular-season champion, if necessary. As a result, the top five teams receive a bye to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Tiebreaking procedures will remain unchanged from the 2017 tournament:

  • Record between the tied teams
  • Record against the highest-seeded team not involved in the tie, going down through the seedings as necessary
  • Higher RPI:
  • Head-to-head
Seed School Conf Tiebreaker
1 Nevada 15–3
2 Boise State 13–5
3 New Mexico 12–6
4 Fresno State 11–7 2–0 vs San Diego State
5 San Diego State 11–7 0–2 vs Fresno State
6 Wyoming 10–8
7 Utah State 8–10 2–0 vs UNLV
8 UNLV 8–10 0–2 vs Utah State
9 Air Force 6–12
10 Colorado State 4–14
11 San Jose State 1–17

Schedule[edit]

Game Time Matchup Score Television Attendance
First round – Wednesday, March 7
1 11:00 am No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 Air Force 97–90 OT Stadium 4,994
2 1:30 pm No. 7 Utah State vs. No. 10 Colorado State 76–65
3 4:00 pm No. 6 Wyoming vs. No. 11 San Jose State 74–61
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 8
4 Noon No. 1 Nevada vs. No. 8 UNLV 79–74 CBSSN 6,753
5 2:30 pm No. 4 Fresno State vs. No. 5 San Diego State 52–64
6 6:00 pm No. 2 Boise State vs. No. 7 Utah State 75–78 7,138
7 8:30 pm No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 6 Wyoming 85–75
Semifinals – Friday, March 9
8 6:00 pm No. 1 Nevada vs. No. 5 San Diego State 73–90 CBSSN 8,224
9 8:30 pm No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 7 Utah State 83–68
Championship – Saturday, March 10
10 3:00 pm No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 5 San Diego State 75–82 CBS 8,456
Game times in PT. Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Bracket[edit]

  First round
Wednesday, March 7
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 8
Semifinals
Friday, March 9
Championship
Saturday, March 10
                                     
       
  1 Nevada 79  
    8 UNLV 74  
8 UNLV 97*
9 Air Force 90  
  1 Nevada 73  
  5 San Diego State 90  
       
       
  4 Fresno State 52
    5 San Diego State 64  
     
       
  5 San Diego State 82
  3 New Mexico 75
       
       
  2 Boise State 75
    7 Utah State 78  
7 Utah State 76
10 Colorado State 65  
  7 Utah State 68
  3 New Mexico 83  
       
       
  3 New Mexico 85
    6 Wyoming 75  
6 Wyoming 74
11 San Jose State 61  

* denotes overtime period

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zeigler, Mark (March 11, 2018). "Aztecs get 11 seed, draw Houston in NCAA Tournament". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Rutherford, Mike (March 10, 2018). "Trey Kell carries San Diego State past New Mexico in Mountain West title game". SBNation. Retrieved March 12, 2018.