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Mountain West unveils format for 11-team basketball tournament

MWC Tournament - New Mexico vs. Wyoming

Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

New Mexico takes on Wyoming during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Mountain West men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will include all 11 teams, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

This was the expected outcome out of the conference Board of Directors meeting on Sunday and Monday that brought together all of the league presidents and athletic directors. It had to be addressed, though, because of the additions (Utah State and San Jose State) plus the decisions of Boise State and San Diego State to remain in the league.

The men’s and women’s tournament will consist of 20 games at the Thomas & Mack Center over six days. The women will play on Monday, March 10, with play continuing on March 11, March 14 and the title game on March 15. During the two days the women are off the men take over the Mack, with the three lower seed games starting on Wednesday, March 12. Games continue through Saturday’s championship.

The format ensures the top five seeds avoid the first day of games and the top three seeds will face a team sometimes less than 24 hours after its last game. Here’s a pdf of the full schedule.

In other news from the meeting, plans are moving forward with the Mountain West Digital Network and UNLV President Neal Smatresk is now on the Board of Directors executive committee, filling the role of league representative to the NCAA Board of Directors.

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