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Mountain West Announces 2019-20 Men’s Basketball Conference Schedule & Tournament Format

Mountain West Announces 2019-20 Men’s Basketball Conference Schedule & Tournament Format

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West has announced the 2019-2020 MW Men’s Basketball conference schedule. For the seventh year, the league will utilize an 18-game format with each institution playing nine home games and making nine road trips throughout conference play. Each team will play eight opponents twice (home-and-home) and two opponents once. Ten weeks of conference action tips off Wednesday, Dec. 4 and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 29.
 
Defending Mountain West Conference champion, Utah State returns the MW Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year next season. 2018-19 MW Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Neemias Queta announced his return to the school after testing NBA waters. Queta will join teammate and 2018-19 MW Player of the Year Sam Merrill under the direction of MW Coach of the Year Craig Smith. In Smith’s first year as the Aggies’ head coach, he led the program to 28-7 record. Utah State opens the conference slate on the road at San José State on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
 
Fresno State head coach Justin Hutson will lead the Bulldogs into 2019-20 after being named the 2019 Joe. B Hall National Coach of the Year. Hutson led Fresno State to the nation’s best record (23-9, 13-5 MW) by a first-time head coach last season Seniors Nate Grimes and Noah Blackwell are set to lead the Bulldogs. Grimes averaged 11.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in 2018-19, while Blackwell added 8.6 ppg and dished out 47 assists. Fresno State opens league action hosting UNLV on Dec. 4.
 
UNLV and Nevada will feature new head coaches for the 2019-20 season. UNLV hired T.J. Otzelberger and Nevada will be led by Steve Alford. Otzelberger was appointed head coach for the Runnin’ Rebels in March after spending three seasons at South Dakota State, where he led the Jackrabbits to two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance. Alford is no stranger to the league, as he once led New Mexico to six titles (four regular-season, two tournament) during his tenure with the Lobos (2007-2013). Alford has coached teams to the NCAA tournament 11 times and has appeared in four Sweet 16s. He inherits a Wolf Pack squad that posted a 29-5 (15-3 MW) record and was ranked No. 23 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll. In the last three years, Nevada has won at least a share of the MW regular-season title.
 
Today’s announcement marks the first phase in the 2019-2020 MW men’s basketball schedule process. National television partners, CBS Sports Network and ESPN, will shift some games from Wednesday to Tuesday and from Saturday to Sunday for broadcast purposes. All national television selections and date changes are expected to be completed by late August. Regional partner AT&T SportsNet and the Mountain West Network on STADIUM will finalize their broadcast selections after the national television lineup has been announced. Game times will be set once all broadcast networks finalize their selections. 
 
Furthermore, the MW announced the format and game times for the 2020 MW Men’s Basketball Championship at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The four-day, 10-game tournament begins on Wednesday, March 4 with first-round contests. The men’s quarterfinals are tabbed for Thursday, March 5, followed by semifinals on Friday, March 6. The tournament will conclude with the championship game being played on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. PT.
 
2019-20 Mountain West Men's Basketball Conference Schedule
Wednesday, December 4
Air Force at Wyoming
Boise State at New Mexico
San Diego State at Colorado State
UNLV at Fresno State
Utah State at San José State
Saturday, December 7
Nevada at Air Force
Colorado State at Boise State
Fresno State at Utah State
New Mexico at Wyoming
Sunday, December 8
San José State at San Diego State
Wednesday, January 1
Colorado State at Nevada
Fresno State at San Diego State
New Mexico at San José State
Utah State at UNLV
Wyoming at Boise State
Saturday, January 4
Air Force at UNLV
Boise State at Nevada
San Diego State at Utah State
San José State at Fresno State
Wyoming at Colorado State
Wednesday, January 8
Fresno State at New Mexico
Nevada at San José State
San Diego State at Wyoming
UNLV at Boise State
Utah State at Air Force
Saturday, January 11
Air Force at New Mexico
Boise State at San Diego State
Colorado State at San José State
Nevada at Utah State
UNLV at Wyoming
Wednesday, January 15
Boise State at Air Force
New Mexico at Colorado State
San Diego State at Fresno State
San José State at UNLV
Wyoming at Nevada
Saturday, January 18
Colorado State at Air Force
Fresno State at Wyoming
Nevada at San Diego State
New Mexico at UNLV
Utah State at Boise State
Wednesday, January 22
Air Force at Utah State
Fresno State at Colorado State
San José State at New Mexico
UNLV at Nevada
Wyoming at San Diego State
Saturday, January 25
Air Force at San José State
Boise State at Fresno State
Colorado State at Utah State
New Mexico at Nevada
San Diego State at UNLV
Wednesday, January 29
Fresno State at Air Force
Nevada at Colorado State
San Diego State at New Mexico
San José State at Boise State
Utah State at Wyoming
Saturday, February 1
Nevada at Boise State
New Mexico at Fresno State
UNLV at Colorado State
Utah State at San Diego State
Wyoming at San José State
Wednesday, February 5
Air Force at Nevada
Boise State at Wyoming
Colorado State at Fresno State
UNLV at Utah State
Saturday, February 8
Boise State at Utah State
Fresno State at UNLV
San Diego State at Air Force
San José State at Nevada
Wyoming at New Mexico
Wednesday, February 12
Air Force at Boise State
Fresno State at San José State
Nevada at UNLV
New Mexico at San Diego State
Utah State at Colorado State
Saturday, February 15
Colorado State at Wyoming
San Diego State at Boise State
San José State at Air Force
UNLV at New Mexico
Utah State at Fresno State
Wednesday, February 19
Air Force at Fresno State
Boise State at San José State
Colorado State at UNLV
Nevada at New Mexico
Wyoming at Utah State
Saturday, February 22
Fresno State at Nevada
New Mexico at Boise State
San José State at Colorado State
UNLV at San Diego State
Wyoming at Air Force
Wednesday, February 26
Boise State at UNLV
Colorado State at San Diego State
Nevada at Wyoming
New Mexico at Air Force
San José State at Utah State
Saturday, February 29
Air Force at Colorado State
San Diego State at Nevada
UNLV at San José State
Utah State at New Mexico
Wyoming at Fresno State
2020 Mountain West Men's Basketball Championship
Wednesday, March 4
Men's First Round #1 11 a.m. PT
Men's First Round #2 1:30 p.m. PT
Men's First Round #3 4 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 5
Men's Quarterfinal #1 Noon PT
Men's Quarterfinal #2 2:30 p.m. PT
Men's Quarterfinal #3 6 p.m. PT
Men's Quarterfinal #4 8:30 p.m. PT
Friday, March 6
Men's Semifinal #1 6 p.m. PT
Men's Semifinal #2 8:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 7
Men's Championship Game 3 p.m. PT