When New Mexico knocked off Wyoming in the Pit on Saturday, the Lobos wrapped up not only a fourth Mountain West regular season title in five seasons; they wrapped up the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
Until Wednesday, they were the only team in the league to know their tournament seed.
The Lobos now know they will play their March 13 Mountain West tournament quarterfinal game against the winner of the Nevada-Wyoming play-in game.
When UNM (26-4, 13-2 Mountain West) beat Nevada 75-63 in Reno on Wednesday, it guaranteed Nevada (12-17, 3-12) will be locked into the No. 9 seed even if it wins at Colorado State on Saturday.
That is because Wyoming (18-11, 4-12), a Wednesday night loser to Colorado State (23-7, 10-5) to end the Cowboys’ regular season, holds a tiebreaker against the Wolf Pack and is locked into the No. 8 seed.
The Cowboys cannot pass Fresno State (10-18, 4-11 MW) in the standings even if the Bulldogs lose at UNLV on Saturday and finishes with a matching 4-12 league record. That is because the league’s third tie breaker is in Fresno State’s favor by virtue of beating UNLV earlier this season.
So the league knows the Nos. 1 (UNM), 7 (Fresno State), 8 (Wyoming) and 9 (Nevada) seeds. Seeds 2 through 6 will be determined based on the outcomes of Saturday’s four league games.
Even though the final seedings for UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State, Boise State and Air Force have yet to be determined, the Lobos know they can’t play the tournament’s unofficial host UNLV until the tournament championship game because the Runnin’ Rebels are locked into either the No. 2 or 3 seed, placing them in the bracket opposite of the Lobos.
Here are the tournament seed possibilities heading into Saturday’s regular season finale for the league:
- • No. 1: UNM
• No. 2: Colorado State/UNLV
• No. 3: Colorado State/San Diego State/UNLV
• No. 4: Colorado State/San Diego State/Boise State
• No. 5: Air Force/San Diego State/Boise State
• No. 6: Air Force/Boise State
• No. 7: Fresno State
• No. 8: Wyoming
• No. 9: Nevada
UNM’s Mountain West Tournament schedule
No. 1 seed UNM’s Mountain West Tournament schedule in Las Vegas, Nev., looks like this:
- • March 13, 7:30 p.m. MDT – Quarterfinal vs. winner No. 8 Wyoming/No. 9 Nevada
• (if win quarterfinal) March 15, 7 p.m. MDT – Semifinal vs. TBD
• (if win semifinal) March 16, 4 p.m. MDT – Championship vs. TBD
Quarterfinal and semifinal games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. The Mountain West championship game March 16 will be broadcast on CBS.
Lobos as a No. 1 seed
UNM has been a No. 1 seed only once in the Mountain West Tournament when it entered the 2010 event with a 28-3 record.
That year, the Roman Martinez/Darington Hobson/Dairese Gary-led Lobos beat play-in game winner No. 9 Air Force, 75-69, in the quarterfinals before losing to No. 4 San Diego State 72-69 in the tournament semifinals.