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What-to-know conference previews: WAC

Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:25 am
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:19 am
 
Mark Fox was the coach and Nick Fazekas the star last time Nevada was positioned to make the NCAA Tournament.

Now Fox is at Georgia and Fazekas is playing professionally in the Philippines.

But Nevada -- with a different coach and different star -- is back.

The Wolfpack finished the regular season with a 25-5 record and won the WAC title by three games. They've only lost twice since Nov. 25. They only lost one league game -- to Idaho in early February. And yet, still, Nevada probably needs to win the WAC Tournament to ensure a spot in the NCAA Tournament because David Carter's team is 0-3 against the Top 50 with an RPI in the 40s. That's not awful, but it's not great either. So the Wolfpack would be wise to win three games in Las Vegas, cut nets and relax. Anything short of that could make for a stressful Selection Sunday.

New Mexico State is the No. 2 seed this week.

Nevada beat the Aggies twice this season by an average of six points.

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COMPLETE TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Schedule: Wednesday through Saturday in Las Vegas

Title game: Saturday at noon ET

BEST PLAYERS  

  • Deonte Burton (Nevada)
  • Olek Czyz (Nevada)
  • Vander Joaquim (Hawaii)
  • Preston Medlin (Utah State)
  • Wendell McKines (New Mexico State)

Conference RPI: 12

KenPom.com rating: 12

Sagarin rating: 13

NCAA tournament locks: None

NCAA tournament bubble teams: Nevada

Last NCAA tournament appearances

  • Utah State: 2011
  • Boise State: 2008
  • Idaho: 1990
  • New Mexico State: 2010
  • Hawaii: 2002
  • Nevada: 2007
  • Fresno State: 2001
  • San Jose State: 1996
-- Gary Parrish
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Gary Parrish, WAC
 
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