Mountain West Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win 2021
- The Mountain West Conference Tournament is back for 2021!
- The winner of the Mountain West Conference Tournament in 2020 was the Utah State Aggies.
- San Diego State open as the favorites to win the 2021 Mountain West Conference Tournament!
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The Mountain West Conference Tournament, also known as the Mountain West Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all eleven schools representing the conference. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.
When Is the 2021 Mountain West Conference Tournament?
The 2020-2021 Mountain West Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 10th, 2021, and run through March 13th, 2021. Adjustments are possible depending on the COVID-19 protocol.
Where Is the 2021 Mountain West Conference Tournament Being Held?
The 2021 Mountain West Tournament is being held in Paradise, NV. The Thomas & Mack Center, a multi-purpose indoor arena and home to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, will be the location where the tournament will be hosted.
There has been no statement regarding fan attendance policy.
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2021 Mountain West Conference Tournament?
The 2021 Mountain West Tournament is expected to be broadcast on the Stadium Network (MWN), CBSSN, and CBS.
Live streaming will be available on affiliated apps, so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.
Favorites to Win the 2021 Mountain West Conference Tournament
San Diego State Aztecs
Does. Not. Get. Old. pic.twitter.com/VvrS04ZI84
— San Diego State Men’s Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) March 4, 2021
The San Diego Aztecs are kings of the Mountain West Conference this year, with an absolutely tremendous record. At 14-3 against Mountain West competition as well as 6-1 against non-conference competition, their performances bode well for them going forward.
Brian Dutcher has assembled an impressive spread offense and suffocating perimeter defense. His team seems tireless at times on defense. With the best three-point shooting percentage in the conference, along with the best steals per game rate in the conference, their two way play will cause issue for any team in the tournament.
Senior duo Jordan Schakel and Matt Mitchell have been leaders for the Aztecs this season. Averaging a combined 29.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, the pair are one of the most dangerous scoring tag teams in the Mountain West Conference.
Utah State Aggies
not smart, just really not the best idea
— USU Men’s Hoops (@USUBasketball) March 5, 2021
The Aggies currently rank third in the Mountain West Conference, off of the back of a fantastic defensive gameplan formed by head coach Craig Smith. They are 16-7 overall and 11-4 against the Mountain West competition.
The Utah State Aggies have the eleventh best defensive rating in the country! They hold teams to 43.6% from two-point range while limiting winning the rebounding battle by an average of 10.4 boards per game. Their 4.9 blocks per game is best in the conference.
Big man Neemias Queta is one of the more intriguing prospects in the conference. At 7’0, 245 lbs, the Portuguese center is the Aggies’ mainstay in the frontcourt. Averaging almost 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game, Queta is an issue for any team looking to attack the paint.
2021 Mountain West Conference Tournament Dark Horse
Colorado State Rams
A good win to finish the home schedule at 10-1 and set a school record with our 14th conference win of the season!
— Colorado State Men’s Basketball (@CSUMBasketball) March 4, 2021
Niko Medved has the Rams fighting for the top spot in the Mountain West Conference. They have a 17-4 record overall and an impressive 14-3 record against the in-conference competition. The strength of their schedule is the biggest detractor to their prospects.
The Rams ranked first overall in field-goal percentage and first in points per game out of any Mountain West school. Defensively, they’ve been able to stifle their opponents from three, holding them to 30.4% from deep.
David Roddy is about as big of a guard as you can get at 6’5 and 252 lbs. He’s fearless attacking the rim and has shown decent feet on the defensive side of the ball. His ability to post up guards is crucial to the Rams’ success, as mismatches are where head coach Niko Medved encourages his team’s game.
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