If only BYU was so lucky
Posted on: June 3, 2009 10:39 am
The Mountain West Conference has agreed to keep its basketball tournament in Las Vegas until at least 2013.
So UNLV will continue to be a great job until at least 2013.
Seriously, UNLV is a great job for a lot of reasons that include history and location and awesome buffets. But the fact that Lon Kruger gets to play home games for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament each season is a huge advantage, which is not to suggest the MWC is doing something wrong. Far as I'm concerned, every league's postseason event needs to be wherever it can get the most attention and buzz, wherever it makes the most sense. Clearly, in this case, that's Las Vegas. So it's a smart move. But to not acknowledge that it's also a massive advantage for UNLV would be naive, even if last season's first-round loss to San Diego State suggests otherwise.
Remember, UNLV won MWC tournament in 2007 and 2008.
And though the Rebels might've won those events regardless of the location, rest assured, the location helped.
And now we know it'll continue to help.
At least until 2013.