MW Tournament could be a wild one

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

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.

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VIDEO: Wyoming wins MW Tournament with 45-43 win over San Diego State

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┬ásome 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.

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UW-SDSU women’s postgame thoughts

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).

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UW-UNLV postgame thoughts

A horrible first half and a good second half.

That summed up Wyoming’s effort in a 56-48 loss to No. 20 UNLV Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament here at the Thomas & Mack Center.

UW made only three field goals and shot 12.5 percent in the first half. That was as poor as I’ve seen the team play offensively this season. UNLV played well defensively, but UW just didn’t have it.

The second half was better, but before it did UW trailed by 22. The lead was cut to six with under a minute to play. It could have been cut more but UW couldn’t capitalize on some chances.

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UW-TCU postgame thoughts

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.”

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