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Mountain West Tournament 2012

  • New Mexico men's basketball head coach Steve Alford cuts down a piece of net after the Lobos defeated San Diego State 68-59 in the championship game of the Mountain West Conference tournament Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

    New Mexico storms past San Diego State for the Mountain West tournament title

    March 10, 2012

    It started with a six-foot taco. Then a shirtless, barefoot man in his mid-40s. And pretty soon a crowd of the rather large contingent of New Mexico fans who filled the Thomas & Mack Center over three days packed the court. And somewhere in the middle of the chaotic bliss Saturday evening were the second-seeded Lobos, 68-59 victors against top-seeded San Diego State in the 2012 Mountain West tournament final. It’s New Mexico’s first tournament title since 2005, when current Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger was leading the way. “Can’t even explain how it feels,” sophomore guard Tony Snell said. “Like dream come true.”

  • UNLV guard Anthony Marshall buries his face as time expires in their Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal game against New Mexico Friday, March 9, 2012. New Mexico won 72-67 and will face San Diego State in the championship game.

    The Rebels try to collect themselves after New Mexico

    March 10, 2012

    The Rebels (26-8) came up short in Friday night’s Mountain West semifinal against the Lobos (26-6), falling 72-67 in an instant-classic-type grudge match.

  • UNLV guard Anthony Marshall buries his face as time expires in their Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal game against New Mexico Friday, March 9, 2012. New Mexico won 72-67 and will face San Diego State in the championship game.

    Analysis: There is still plenty of basketball left for UNLV

    March 9, 2012

    Let not be so fast to write the UNLV basketball team’s obituary for this season. After all, there are still more games — OK, at least one more game — to be played this season, games in a tournament where a few wins would help erase the bad feelings from what happened Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

  • UNLV guard Anthony Marshall buries his face as time expires in their Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal game against New Mexico Friday, March 9, 2012. New Mexico won 72-67 and will face San Diego State in the championship game.

    Blog: Rebels come up short, 72-67, in emotional semifinal battle with New Mexico

    March 9, 2012

    New Mexico didn't miss a free throw in the second half, and after a difficult 72-67 loss for UNLV that's as big a reason as any other. The Rebels missed five free throws in the second half, a few of them at key points down the stretch. UNLV's issues started before that, though, primarily with the second-half disappearance of Mike Moser. By the time he woke up, UNLV was digging itself out of an eight-point hole.

  • UNLV forward Mike Moser shoots over the Wyoming defense during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Thursday, March 8, 2012. UNLV won the game 56-48 and will face New Mexico in the semifinals.

    Rebels eager to get revenge with New Mexico after surviving against Wyoming

    March 9, 2012

    Mike Moser, the man who single-handedly outscored Wyoming in the first half Thursday night, had to chuckle a little bit when asked about surrendering a big lead again. Was he surprised? No. Frustrated? Sure. Did he expect it? Sort of.

  • UNLV forward Mike Moser is defended by Wyoming center Adam Waddell as he takes a shot during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Thursday, March 8, 2012.

    Instant Analysis: While it wasn’t pretty, UNLV overcomes failed attempt by Wyoming to slow pace

    March 8, 2012

    Here is a bit of advice for opposing coaches game-planning against the UNLV basketball team: the strategy of taking the air out of the ball offensively in an attempt to slow the Rebels’ fast-break offense, isn’t much of a strategy at all.

  • New Mexico guard Demetrius Walker grimaces after hitting the ground from a flagrant foul by Air Force during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Thursday, March 8, 2012.

    Demetrius Walker pushes New Mexico to a 79-64 victory over Air Force

    March 8, 2012

    The players coming off of the bench are one of the reasons why New Mexico coach Steve Alford feels so confident about his team’s chances at this week’s Mountain West Conference tournament. The way Alford tells it, he can count on one Lobos reserve to provide a significant boost in each and every game. The only question is who will emerge on any given night.

  • Colorado State forward Pierce Hornung drops in two points against TCU during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Thursday, March 8, 2012. Colorado State won 81-60.

    Colorado State puts itself firmly in the NCAA bubble

    March 8, 2012

    When the second game of the Mountain West tournament’s opening day came to a close, the numbers told the story: 53 percent shooting; 50 points in the paint; plus-11 rebounding margin; six players in double figures; and, most importantly, one trip to the NCAA Tournament. CSU’s 81-60 victory against TCU all but guaranteed that the Rams will be the fourth team from the Mountain West to go dancing.

  • Boise State guard Derrick Marks, left, and Thomas Bropleh react after San Diego State made a last second shot to win their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Thursday, March 8, 2012. San Diego State won 65-62.

    San Diego State survives scare from Boise State

    March 8, 2012

    When San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin received the ball at the top of the three-point line with the final seconds running off the clock Thursday in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals against Boise State, the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard had one thing on his mind.

  • UNLV forward Mike Moser is defended by Wyoming center Adam Waddell as he takes a shot during their Mountain West Conference Tournament game Thursday, March 8, 2012.

    Blog: UNLV survives a scare against Wyoming, setting up a semifinal showdown with New Mexico

    March 8, 2012

    UNLV let yet another lead dwindle away — 22 to 6 — but at the Mack on Thursday night, the Rebels still had enough to close out against Wyoming. The Cowboys' run began midway through the second half and it quickly began to look like almost every Rebels home game of late. The Rebels built a substantial lead mostly behind Mike Moser, who finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season.

  • Bettors take in basketball games at the LVH Superbook.

    Sports books peg UNLV as tournament favorite, brace for ‘start of the madness’

    March 8, 2012

    It wouldn’t feel like time for the Mountain West Conference tournament to get started without coaches grumbling about the prospects of playing UNLV on its home floor. Although the Rebels are only 3-3 in the MWC Tournament over the past three years, the league’s coaches can’t get over having to start their postseason at the Thomas & Mack Center. “It’s absolutely unfair,” San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said on a teleconference this week. “Nobody wants to play Vegas on their home floor. Last time I looked, no one has beaten them there this year.”

  • Lady Rebel basketball coach  Kathy Olivier watches her team during practice Thursday, October 20, 2011.

    Despite quarterfinal loss, Lady Rebels heading in right direction with 22-win season

    March 7, 2012

    This loss will definitely sting for the UNLV women’s basketball team. However, the quarterfinal defeat on Wednesday in the Mountain West Conference tournament won’t take away from what has been a break through season. The Lady Rebels squandered a nine-point second half lead Wednesday with less than 10 minutes remaining against New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center, falling to recover after New Mexico connected on four consecutive 3-pointers to erase the deficit in a 61-58 loss.

  • UNLV's Oscar Bellfield and Mike Moser reach for a loose ball along with Wyoming guard JayDee Luster during their game Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 74-63 to wind up an unbeaten season at home.

    As UNLV enters postseason play against Wyoming, defense becomes even more important

    March 7, 2012

    Every year around this time, you hear that defense is the most important factor in postseason play. Games slow down. Each possession becomes more valuable than the last. It’s not that simple, of course, but it is based on truth. And the reason, according to Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt, is that coaches are trying to eliminate a nasty four-letter word that has sent many teams home packing: Luck.

  • UNLV players laugh as Brice Massamba is escorted out for senior night before their game against Wyoming Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 74-63 to wind up an unbeaten season at home.

    Mountain West tournament title won’t prove anything, but could improve UNLV’s seeding

    March 7, 2012

    A Mountain West tournament championship wouldn’t answer any questions about UNLV’s ability to win games outside of Las Vegas. That’s just something the Rebels and their fans are going to have to find out when the ball is tipped in their first game. What it could accomplish, though, is giving UNLV the best possible chance to succeed, via seeding and location. “I think our resume is very good, but there’s always room for improvement,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said.

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