The Mountain West came up with a hashtag for its conference basketball tournament this year: #MWMadness.
That may be a good way to describe how the men’s tournament plays out this year.
2016 Mountain West Tournament
Of course, as I say this watch it be chalk all the way through. But if the regular season was any indication, expect the unexpected.
No. 2 seed Fresno State seems to be the popular pick as the Bulldogs seem to be playing the best basketball of all the teams. Top seed San Diego State quietly just gets it done.
Boise State and New Mexico have the talent to win this tournament, but so do lower seeds like Colorado State, UNLV, Utah State and yes, even Wyoming — although the Cowboys will be hard-pressed to win four games in four days with seven scholarship players available.
Normally I do my three takes from a Wyoming win or loss in men’s basketball.
Hard to put the Cowboys’ 45-43 win over San Diego State to win the Mountain West Tournament Saturday into words. The fourth-seeded Cowboys (25-9) won its first-ever MW Tournament, and its first conference tournament since 1988 when it was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
So, I will let you watch three videos from the game. The first is some of the late-game highlights — which includes a huge 3-pointer from junior guard Josh Adams and two free throws by senior forward Derek Cooke Jr.
Fresno State junior guard Ki-Ki Moore makes the game-winning basket with less than three seconds to play to beat Wyoming 63-62 Friday in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Wyoming sophomore guard Kayla Woodward makes a layup with 13.7 seconds to play to give the Cowgirls a 62-61 lead in UW’s semifinal game with Fresno State in Friday’s semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament. The Cowgirls lost on a last-second shot 63-62.
For about 25 minutes the fifth-seeded Wyoming Cowgirls played well, despite foul trouble, with top-seeded San Diego State in their semifinals game in the Mountain West Tournament here Friday afternoon.
But as coach Joe Legerski described it, San Diego State is a fast car and it found another gear UW didn’t have en route to a 73-55 victory.
UW had no answer for junior guard Courtney Clements (22 points, six rebounds) and Chelsea Hopkins (16 points, 10 assists, three steals).
TCU’s Natalie Ventress was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year in women’s basketball earlier this week.
Many thought the award should have gone to Wyoming’s Kayla Woodward of Sheridan.
Hard to argue that after how Woodward and the Cowgirls played in their 61-44 victory over TCU in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament Wednesday here at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Woodward had a game-high 17 points, along with three assists, three steals and three 3-point baskets.
Ventress had two points on 1 of 11 shooting.
“There was a little bit of a motivation,” said Woodward on wanting to come out and play well knowing she didn’t get the Freshman of the Year award. “But this was a team effort. We played with heart and that really showed.”