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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.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2009 6:58 pm
 

If only BYU was so lucky

I disagree, I think it should be in the city most associated with the league if it has a lot of tradition with a tournament or rotated if it doesn't. The ACC should be in Greensboro, and the Big East in New York, but everyone else should be rotated among its biggest cities.



Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2009 11:26 am
 

If only BYU was so lucky

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.

This is why the Big Ten tournament needs to move back to Chicago, hands down one of the two best cities in America.  Nothing against Indianapolis, but seriously there should be no conversation.  It should always be held in the United Center, that's where 80 percent of Big Ten alums work anyways.


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