We’ve had plenty of “sub regionals” in Salt Lake City over the years, but it’s been 29 years since a West Regional was played in Salt Lake (in 1983 it was played in Ogden). Besides the possibility of BYU making it or Kansas State, the other most likely teams to come to ESA are No. 1 seed Syracuse, No. 3 Pitt and No. 4 Vanderbilt. Not exactly glamour names in college basketball, compared to the likes of Kansas, Kentucky or Duke. Other teams that may make it to Salt Lake are mid majors Butler (No. 5), Xavier (No. 6), Gonzaga (No. 8) and UTEP (No. 12).
Getting four teams in the tournament is a big accomplishment for the Mountain West Conference, which has never had more Wholesale NCAA Jerseys
than three teams invited and last year felt snubbed with only two teams making it. Now the league needs to step forward. The MWC’s overall record in the tournament since its inception in 2000 is a meager 8 22 with just two teams making it as far as the Sweet 16 (Utah in 2005 and UNLV in 2007). If the league falls flat on its face, it will be the laughingstock of college basketball and it may be a long time before it gets multiple bids like this year.
You wonder how much difference tournament cheap ncaa basketball jerseys games, particularly Saturday championship games matter when you see how San Diego State and UNLV’s seeds turned out. The Aztecs, who had a better RPI (18 vs. 48), beat the Rebels by 10 points on the Rebels’ homecourt, no less, but were given a No. 11 seed, compared to a No. 8 for UNLV. On the other hand, it might be a more favorable seed if the Aztecs can get past Tennessee and then likely be matched up against No. 3 Georgetown. If UNLV gets past Northern Iowa, it must play No. 1 Kansas.
There must have been a lot of hand wringing in Logan when the Aggies saw Florida, a bubble team that wasn’t in ESPN’s field of 65, getting a No. 10 seed early in the CBS broadcast. Utah State had to sweat it out more than a half hour before it was the 55th team announced. With a No. 12 seed, the Aggies have the lowest seed, along with UTEP, of the at large seeds The Ags have a tough matchup with the Aggies of Texas A the only team to win first round games each of the past four years and which beat BYU the last two years.