Mountain West Basketball Tournament: Schedule, Odds, Predictions

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New Mexico center Nelly Junior Joseph, left, and Nevada forward Nick Davidson chase a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Albuquerque, N.M.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Mar 13, 2024, 12:19 PM
  • The Mountain West basketball tournament will run March 13-16 in Las Vegas.
  • No. 5 seed San Diego State (+250) is favored to win.
  • The No. 1 seed has won the MWC tournament three years in a row.

It’s fitting the Mountain West is holding its conference tournament late this week alongside all the other NCAA conference basketball tournaments

The Mountain West is expected to place five or six teams in March Madness 2024, extending a remarkable rise by a conference that’s one year removed from a national championship game appearance by San Diego State. 

With more eyeballs on Las Vegas than ever before, here is the schedule (and corresponding college basketball odds) for the upcoming Mountain West men’s basketball tournament. 

Mountain West Tournament Schedule

The Mountain West men’s basketball tournament runs March 13-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. 

  • Game 1: No. 8 Wyoming vs. No. 9 Fresno State (March 13)
  • Game 2: No. 7 Colorado State vs. No. 10 San Jose State (March 13)
  • Game 3: New Mexico vs. No. 11 Air Force (March 13)
  • Game 4: No. 1 Utah State vs. Game 1 Winner (March 14)
  • Game 5: No. 4 UNLV vs. No. 5 San Diego State (March 14)
  • Game 6: No. 2 Nevada vs. Game 2 Winner (March 14)
  • Game 7: No. 3 Boise State vs. Game 3 Winner (March 14)
  • Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner (March 15)
  • Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner
  • Game 10: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner (March 16)

Mountain West Tournament Odds

TeamOdds
San Diego State+250
Utah State+450
Nevada+500
Boise State +600
New Mexico+600
UNLV+600
Colorado State+700
Wyoming+25000
Air Force+25000
Fresno State +25000
San Jose State+25000

Mountain West Tournament Prediction

Nevada (+500) will win the Mountain West men’s basketball tournament and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolf Pack have won seven in a row coming into this tournament, including wins at Boise State, Colorado State, and UNLV. They’re the hottest team in the conference.

But it’s not just that. Nevada’s likely opponent if it makes the final is Utah State, and the Wolf Pack were the only team to win in Logan all year. Nevada sliced up Utah State’s defense, shooting more than 50% from the field and generating tons of free throws. 

I would expect a similar matchup advantage in a potential championship game rematch.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.