| 03.24.2018

WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket scenarios


No. 1 La. Tech
The Bulldogs have clinched a share of the regular season conference title and will be the No. 1 seed at the WAC Tournament. With two losses and two Denver wins, the Pioneers could clinch another share of the regular season title.

No. 2 Denver
With one victory this week, Denver will clinch the No. 2 seed at the WAC Tourname. With wins over Texas-Arlington and La. Tech, and a La. Tech loss to New Mexico State, the Pioneers will move into a tie for first place with La. Tech. Due to an RPI tiebreaker, La. Tech will remain the No. 1 seed. If the Pioneers should lose both of their final games, and New Mexico State should win out, the Aggies and Pioneers will tie for second place.

No. 3 New Mexico State
The Aggies can finish no higher than second place and no worse than fourth. If NMSU wins out and Denver loses its remaining games, the two will tie for second place. If the Aggies beat Texas-Arlington Saturday, they’ll clinch third place. If the Aggies only beat La. Tech and UTA wins out, NMSU will finish fourth. If the Aggies lose to the Mavericks, UTA will have the tiebreaker with its win against NMSU earlier in the season. UTA would claim third in that scenario.

No. 4 Texas-Arlington
UTA can finish no lower than fourth place due to its two-game lead on Utah State. The Mavericks beat the Aggies twice during the regular season and a tiebreaker wouldn’t go into effect. If UTA beats both Denver and New Mexico State, it will claim the No. 3 seed at the tournament.

No. 5 Utah State
The Aggies are locked into a No. 5 seed at the WAC Tournament and games against Texas-San Antonio and Texas State will be irrelevant when it comes to tournament seeding.
No. 6 Idaho
By beating Texas State Saturday, the Vandals clinched the No. 6 seed in the WAC Tournament. With one game remaining, Idaho can neither move up or down in the conference standings.

No. 7-10 Texas State, San Jose State, UTSA and Seattle U
The league’s bottom four teams are already locked into play-in games at the conference tournament. All four teams are eligible to finish with the No. 7, 8, 9 or 10 seed, and three of the four play at least one common bottom-four opponent in the remaining WAC match-ups.
Theo Lawson can be reached at arg-sports@uidaho.edu

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