Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference plans to keep its basketball tournaments in Las Vegas, but he is exploring a possible change of venue after 2016, when a contract with the Thomas & Mack Center expires.
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Top-seeded New Mexico used a big run to pull away from fourth-seeded San Diego State and advance to the Mountain West tournament championship game with a 60-50 victory in the first semifinal game on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
I’m not so sure it’s this simple, but for all the weirdness of this college basketball season, it just might be: My esteemed colleague, fellow Review-Journal columnist Ron Kantowski, viewed Katin Reinhardt’s recent shooting slump in the most basic of terms.
Wyoming appeared headed for another big comeback victory Friday.
The Rebels beat Colorado State 75-65 tonight in a Mountain West conference semifinal at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV will face No. 1 seed New Mexico for the championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.
It is closing in on 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center and Buster Bronco, the Boise State mascot, is starting to morph into Secretariat, “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” mascot. I am starting to lose it.
If coach Dave Rice’s enthusiasm is contagious, and his players catch his big-game fever, UNLV should be primed to put on an entertaining late-night show tonight.
UNLV suffered a loss in Mountain West basketball tournament quarterfinals to New Mexico for the second year in a row, losing 72-59 today. The Lady Rebels’ season ended at 12-19.
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It’s not always so easy to slow Kendall Williams, but even when the junior guard is an offensive no-show, New Mexico keeps rolling anyway.
Less than one week ago, Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic combined for 50 points, including 34 of Boise State’s 38 in the second half, to lift the Broncos to a four-point win over San Diego State in the teams’ regular-season finale.
Perhaps the folks at Guinness have a record on it. Might be worth checking.
Prevailing wisdom holds that the experience of Colorado State’s senior-dominated starting five could help carry the Rams into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
If time didn’t heal Anthony Bennett’s wounds, a shot of adrenaline and a bigger stage did the trick for UNLV’s freshman star.
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Even at less than full strength, senior forward Leonard Washington carried Wyoming on his strained lower back.
A popular saying: There is no education like adversity.
Another soap-opera season is nearing the end, maybe sooner than was expected for UNLV, and Mike Moser is a character in the middle of the drama.
A potentially explosive scorer and elite point guard, UNR junior Deonte Burton is a better player than he was last year at this time. Some things around him have changed, however, and not for the better.
It’s time for conference awards to be passed out, and Air Force senior guard Michael Lyons is certain to get some type of recognition.
There were hugs, smiles and tears. Families walked the red carpet as fans applauded. It was an unforgettable Senior Day, especially for Kevin Foster.
The Mountain West announced that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are staying in Las Vegas through 2016.
When Las Vegas native Chelsea Hopkins transferred from Duke to San Diego State two years ago, the chance to play closer to home played a big role in her decision. "I just wanted to be involved with my family and friends," the former Mojave High star...