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.
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