2014 Mountain West Basketball Tournament Schedule
March is the time of year that college basketball players and
fans eagerly await. By the time conference tournaments roll around some teams are looking to try to assure themselves of the
best possible seed in the NCAA Tournament, while others are using the conference tournament as a last-ditch effort to earn
a spot in the Big Dance. Some players are looking merely to extend their college career, some are looking to add to their
legend at the university, and still others are hoping to impress NBA scouts and move up the draft board. The Mountain West
has been one of the best college basketball conferences over the past few years and featured some of the top players in the
country, all of whom will be looking to shine at the Mountain West Basketball Tournament.
Each year the Mountain West
Basketball Tournament is held at Thomas and Mack Center on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. This year all of the drama will unfold
from March 12 through March 15 and each day of the tournament is sure to be filled with all of the drama and excitement you
can handle. If this is the year your favorite school wins the tournament championship you will surely want to be there at
Thomas and Mack Center to celebrate with them on the court on Saturday.
The Mountain West Teams
are currently eleven members of the Mountain West Conference: San Diego State, Air Force, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico,
Fresno State, Boise State, Wyoming, Nevada, San Jose State, and Utah State. Previous members have included Utah, TCU, and
BYU. Of the current members Utah State leads the way with twenty NCAA Tournament appearances. However, so far all of their
appearances have come prior to joining the Mountain West. UNLV and Wyoming, two charter members of the Mountain West, are
next in line with 19 and 14 respectively. UNLV and Wyoming are also the only two members of the conference to win a National
Championship, with UNLV winning in 1990 and Wyoming winning back in 1943. Lately it has been San Diego State, UNLV, and New
Mexico who have dominated the conference on the basketball court with SDSU tearing up the national rankings during the 2013-2014
season. The current season is a celebration marking the fifteenth anniversary of the creation of the Mountain West Conference.
College basketball is a sports event unlike any other. Featuring many of the best student athletes
in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, these games have an atmosphere that cannot be found
anywhere else. When you step into the Thomas and Mack Center for the Mountain West Basketball Tournament this will all be
clear. As the teams get set for the opening tip off, fans stand up and loudly cheer for their favorite team. The game continues
full of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. Before you know it the clock is winding down in
the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another historic Mountain West Basketball Tournament game. Your palms
get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets a shot looseyou hold your breath
until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the winning side erupts. Before you know it,
another game is starting and you get to experience all of the action once again. Each day the intensity builds and the fans
grow even more enthusiastic as the elusive conference tournament championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament bid draws closer
and closer. Results from the regular season hardly matter anymore as every team is laying it all on the line to advance as
far as possible.
NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments
There is only one thing on the minds of sports
fans as March grows near--college basketball and March Madness. Most true college basketball fans could tell you that March
Madness really begins before the brackets are even out, during the conference tournaments which take place before the NCAA
Tournament begins. Some of the most exciting games of the college basketball season take place during the conference tournaments
as teams who are very familiar with one another play for the second or third time of the year. No one wants to go into the
NCAA Tournament after a loss and some of these teams need to win the conference tournament just to make the field of 68.
The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament dates back to 1939 and now features 68 teams who are invited to participate.
To date UCLA leads the pack with 11 national titles while Kentucky is second with eight. Ten of UCLA's eleven National Championships
were won under the guidance of legendary coach John Wooden, arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time.