Mountain West Tournament 2013 schedule and bracket: Nevada and Wyoming face off in play-in game

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Nevada and Wyoming take the court for the first game of the Mountain West tournament. The winner faces the New Mexico Lobos on Wednesday.

The opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament gets under way Tuesday morning as Wyoming Cowboys and Nevada Wolf Pack face off for in the play-in game to face top-seeded New Mexico. However, the meat of the Mountain West action gets under way on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Wyoming went 4-12 during conference play and is riding a five-game losing streak. They ended the conference one game better than Nevada, who at 3-13 have lost seven straight and 10 of their last 11 games. Wyoming picked up half of their conference wins against Nevada this year, beating the Wolf Pack 59-48 on Jan. 12 and 68-48 on Feb. 13.

The winner of the game will take on the top-seeded New Mexico Lobos on Wednesday. Both Nevada and Wyoming need to win the tournament to make it into March Madness, but it will be a steep challenge for either. Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation projects five Mountain West teams making the tournament in his latest bracketology.

The full MWC bracket can be found here.

Tip-off between Wyoming and Nevada is at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network.

Wednesday's games:
No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Air Force, 3 p.m., CBS Sports Network
No. 2 Colorado State vs. No. 7 Fresno State, 5:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
No. 1 New Mexico vs. winner of Nevada/Wyoming, 9:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 5 Boise State, midnight, CBS Sports Network

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