San Diego State players celebrating

Mar 4, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Matt Bradley (20), ahead Nathan Mensah (backside left), guard Tyler Broughton (left) and guard Triston Broughton (42) pose for {a photograph} following the victory over the Wyoming Cowboys and incomes the Mountain West Convention common season championship at Viejas Area. Obligatory Credit score: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports activities

  • The Mountain West Match will probably be held from Wednesday, March 8 to Saturday, March 11
  • All video games will probably be performed on the Thomas and Mack Middle in Paradise, Nevada
  • See the 2023 Mountain West Match odds, seeds, bracket, and full match preview under

The Mountain West is likely to be the flag-bearers for the mid-majors at March Insanity.

It ought to make for an ultra-competitive convention championship once they groups collect on the Thomas and Mack Middle in Paradise, Nevada, residence of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.

Whereas there’s one automated bid up for grabs, the MWC dots our projected March Insanity bracket, with 4 groups within the subject.

A fifth, the New Mexico Lobos — are predicted to be enjoying within the First 4 with an opportunity at a12-seed.

2023 Mountain West Match Odds

Workforce Odds
San Diego State Aztecs +165
Boise State Broncos +370
Utah State Aggies +380
Nevada Wolf Pack +700
New Mexico Lobos +1000
UNLV Rebels +1400
San Jose State Spartans +3000
Fresno State Bulldogs +3500
Colorado State Rams +4000
Air Drive Falcons +18000
Wyoming Cowboys +21000

The San Diego Aztecs, in search of their third match title in 4 years, are the betting favourite +165 odds. The Boise State Broncos — trying to defend final 12 months’s title, are in second with +370 odds, an implied likelihood of 21.28% they repeat.

The Utah State Aggies (+380) are subsequent closest, adopted by the Nevada Wolfpack (+700), who search a fourth MWC crown since 2017, whereas the Lobos verify in at +1000.

Odds as of March 3 at DraftKings. 

Mountain West Match Schedule

The match begins with three opening-round video games on Wednesday, March 8 — which might all be seen on the Mountain West Community.

The No. 9 Fresno State Bulldogs sq. off with the Eighth-seeded Colorado State Rams at 2pm ET. That’s adopted by No. 10 Air Drive vs No. 7 UNLV (4:30pm ET), with Sixth-seeded New Mexico State vs No .11 Wyoming closing it down at 7pm ET.

The highest 5 groups in Mountain West acquired first-round byes and into quarterfinals, which will probably be performed Thursday, March 9. SDSU, ranked 18th within the nation, is the tourney’s high seed. They get the winner of the Bulldogs-Rams at 3pm ET.

The one QF recreation already scheduled options no. 5 San Jose State vs no. 4 Nevada, they usually’re slated for five:30pm ET.

Second-seeded Bosie State will get the winner of Air Drive-UNLV at 9pm ET, whereas Utah State takes on the survivor of Lobos-Cowboys.

The 4 that emerge from these video games make up the semifinal subject, with video games on March 10. All quarter and semifinal motion might be seen on CBS Sports activities Community.

The MVC Match Closing is slated for March 11 at 6pm ET, and will probably be stay on CBS.

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Groups to Look Out For in Mountain West Match

This might be essentially the most aggressive MVC Match ever, with 5 groups that completed with 21 or extra wins, and two others, San Jose State (19) and UNLV (18) not far behind. 5 groups completed with at the least 10 convention wins, led by the Aztecs, who had been 15-3.

SDSU ranks eleventh in KenPom’s adjusted defensive effectivity metric, whereas holding groups to 64.4 factors per recreation, the Thirty fourth-best mark within the nation. They enter the match winners of 17 of their final 20 — however the losses had been notable: to New Mexico, Nevada and Boise State.

The Broncos are proper there with the Aztecs defensively, permitting 63.7 factors per recreation (thirtieth), and thirteenth in adjusted defensive effectivity at KenPom. Whereas SDSU has only one double-digit scorer (guard Matt Bradley), the Broncos have 4 starters averaging at the least 11.5 factors, and a fifth, Naje Smith, at 9.7 factors per recreation.

In the event you’re in search of offense, the New Mexico Lobos are one of many premier scoring groups in faculty hoops, averaging 81.2 factors per recreation (14th), and rank nineteenth in KenPom’s adjusted offensive effectivity metric. They’re led by Jamal Mashburn Jr, the main scorer within the convention averaging 19.5 factors per recreation.

And don’t sleep on the Utah State Aggies, who’re among the many best-shooting groups within the NCAA, and simply outdoors KenPom’s top-10 for offensive effectivity. They’re eighth in efficient field-goal share and rank fourth in three-point taking pictures at 40.1% — one in every of 4 colleges to crack that plateau, although they simply have essentially the most makes an attempt of that group, at 739.

2023 Mountain West Match Prediction

San Diego State and Boise State listed within the NCAA Match odds, and each are good bets to win the MWC.

In the event you’re in search of a slight upset, the group to observe is Utah State. They’ve received 5 in a row, together with a season-ender over the Broncos, with wins over Nevada and UNLV on that streak.

Their path to the semifinals will doubtless contain a matchup with New Mexico State (+1000), and that might be dynamite. The Lobos are one other group value a sprinkle.

Ultimately, we’re staying chalk with the most effective group, in what must be a terrific tourney.

Decide: San Diego State (+165)

Eric Rosales

Sports activities Author & Editor