Mountain West Disappoints In NCAA Tournament, Again

Mountain West Disappoints In NCAA Tournament, Again

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Mountain West Disappoints In NCAA Tournament, Again



Yes, there were games, and here is a bit of a recap — if you’re into relieving pain and suffering.

Indiana 66, Wyoming 58

The game was just out of reach for Wyoming as they were seemingly within six to eight points behind and just couldn’t get within striking distance vs. the Hoosiers. Indiana took advantage of every scoring chance they had by scoring 33 points off offensive rebounds. Turnovers were a big issue with 19 turnovers, which led to 17 points for Indiana. Hunter Maldonado had 10 turnovers and his 21 points were not enough to counter those issues.

Michigan 75, Colorado State 63

Everything was looking really good for Colorado State and its crew with a solid double-digit lead in the first half with it extending to 15 at one point. The Rams were forcing turnovers and having their way with Michigan.

Then the second half started and it looked like teams switched jerseys, because Michigan was forcing Colorado State to lose the ball.

Also, the Wolverines started hitting shots from downtown by making four in the second half after missing all seven in the first half. Plus, fast-break points went Michigan’s way with 11 and outrebounded the Rams by 10.

Wolverines 7-1 star Hunter Dickinson had 21 points, but it was their guards of Eli Brooks (16 points), Frankie Collins (14) and Cale Houstan (13) that really took it to Colorado State.

Creighton 72, San Diego State 60

“Creighton, congratulations, they won the game,” Charles Barkley said during the post game show. “But San Diego State just choked this game away. Yes, choked. They only had to make one or two plays to win this game. Listen, they outplayed them for 39 minutes and gave the game away in the last minute. … Maybe I shouldn’t say choked, but they flat-out blew that game.”

This game also has a Mountain West team blow a double digit lead before falling in overtime. Foul trouble was an issue in this game as Mountain West’s defensive player of the year, Nathan Mensah, picked up his fourth early in the second half, then his fifth just 34 seconds after re-entering the game.

Not having Mensah was a big deal as was making only 10 of 17 from the foul line compared to the Blue Jays who made 20 of 24.

Aztecs Matt Bradley had multiple chances at the free throw line but came up short. The game was tied with seven seconds left in regulation and he missed the front end of a one-and-one. That play didn’t decide the game but it is one of many to why San Diego State couldn’t pull out the win.

Memphis 64, Boise State 53

Of all the games this weekend, this one was the most out of reach. Boise State fell behind early and was down 19 at the half. Give the Broncos credit for making it a game and pulling within single digits but they were unable to get their offense going early on and that ultimately is what cost them the game.

Also, Boise State was cold from three-point range and made just 6 of 21 and overall they shot just 31.5% from the field.



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