2019 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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2019 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2018–19
Teams11
SiteThomas & Mack Center
Paradise, Nevada
ChampionsUtah State (1st title)
Winning coachCraig Smith (1st title)
MVPSam Merrill (Utah State)
Attendance38,128
TelevisionStadium, CBSSN, CBS
← 2018
2020 →
2018–19 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 20 Nevada 15 3   .833     29 5   .853
No. 25 Utah State 15 3   .833     28 7   .800
Fresno State 13 5   .722     23 9   .719
San Diego State 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
UNLV 11 7   .611     17 14   .548
Air Force 8 10   .444     14 18   .438
New Mexico 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Boise State 7 11   .389     13 20   .394
Colorado State 7 11   .389     12 20   .375
Wyoming 4 14   .222     8 24   .250
San Jose State 1 17   .056     4 27   .129
2019 MW Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Mountain West Conference. It was held from March 13–16, 2019 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Utah State defeated San Diego State 64–57 in the championship to earn the Mountain West's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament[1].

Seeds[edit]

All 11 MW schools were eligible to participate in the tournament. Teams were seeded by conference record. Ties were broken by record between the tied teams, followed by record against the regular-season champion, if necessary. As a result, the top five teams (Utah State, Nevada, Fresno State, San Diego State and UNLV) received byes into the tournament quarterfinals. The remaining teams will play in the first round. Tie-breaking procedures will remain unchanged from the 2018 tournament:

  • Head-to-head 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:
Seed School Conf Tiebreaker(s)
1 Nevada 15–3 2–0 vs. Fresno State
2 Utah State 15–3 1–1 vs. Fresno State
3 Fresno State 13–5
4 San Diego State 11–7 2–0 vs. UNLV
5 UNLV 11–7 0–2 vs. San Diego State
6 Air Force 8–10
7 New Mexico 7–11 2–1 vs. CSU/Boise
8 Boise State 7–11 1–1 vs. CSU, 0–3 vs. Nevada/Utah State
9 Colorado State 7–11 1–1 vs. Boise, 0–4 vs. Nevada/Utah State
10 Wyoming 4–14
11 San Jose State 1–17

Schedule[edit]

Game Time Matchup Score Television Attendance
First round – Wednesday, March 13
1 11:00 am No. 8 Boise State vs. No. 9 Colorado State 66–57 Stadium 5,578
2 1:30 pm No. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 Wyoming 78–68
3 4:00 pm No. 6 Air Force vs. No. 11 San Jose State 87–56
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 14
4 Noon No. 1 Nevada vs. No. 8 Boise State 77–69 CBSSN 7,309
5 2:30 pm No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 5 UNLV 63–55
6 6:00 pm No. 2 Utah State vs. No. 7 New Mexico 91–83 7,508
7 8:30 pm No. 3 Fresno State vs. No. 6 Air Force 76–50
Semifinals – Friday, March 15
8 6:00 pm No. 1 Nevada vs. No. 4 San Diego State 56–65 CBSSN 8,764
9 8:30 pm No. 2 Utah State vs. No. 3 Fresno State 85–60
Championship – Saturday, March 16
10 3:00 pm No. 2 Utah State vs. No. 4 San Diego State 64–57 CBS 8,969
Game times in PT. Rankings denote tournament seeding.

Bracket[edit]

  First round
Wednesday, March 13
Stadium
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 14
CBSSN
Semifinals
Friday, March 15
CBSSN
Championship
Saturday, March 16
CBS
                                     
       
  1 Nevada 77  
    8 Boise State 69  
8 Boise State 66
9 Colorado State 57  
  1 Nevada 56  
  4 San Diego State 65  
       
       
  4 San Diego State 63
    5 UNLV 55  
     
       
  4 San Diego State 57
  2 Utah State 64
       
       
  2 Utah State 91
    7 New Mexico 83  
7 New Mexico 78
10 Wyoming 68  
  2 Utah State 85
  3 Fresno State 60  
       
       
  3 Fresno State 76
    6 Air Force 50  
6 Air Force 87
11 San Jose State 56  

* denotes overtime period

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