Mountain West Became Mountain Worst
Mountain West Became Mountain Worst
Even though it's been a few days now since UNLV lost its first round game in the NCAA Tournament, I can tell you that the city is still down in the dumps about the poor showing of the Running Rebels and the Mountain West Conference.
Many locals thought UNLV had a great chance to reach the Sweet 16 and maybe go even deeper with their easy draw. And, many followers of the Mountain West Conference were sure this was the year New Mexico would break through and make headlines for coach Steve Alford and the league as a whole.
I can tell you I was disappointed in the league. I split out two picks on New Mexico, as they covered against Long Beach State in the opener, but failed to get the money against Louisville. I still believe we would have won that bet if our star player didn't have to miss some time with an in-game injury. Those are the breaks. Sometimes you win games because bad luck happens to the other team.
That win over Long Beach was the only highlight for the conference. Other than the 1-1 split straight up and ATS for the Lobos:
UNLV lost as a favorite to Colorado. You should have seen the stunned looks on faces here in the sportsbooks when the Rebels were down by 20 points in the second half. Nobody saw that coming to be sure. A late rally fell short...and a weekend that sports fans in this city had been looking forward to for months had quickly turned sour.
San Diego State lost their opening game to NC State. Even though SDSU had won the regular season championship of the Mountain West, and were a #6 seed facing a #11 seed, they were underdogs to the Wolfpack. The market knew what it was talking about there...as NC State not only beat SDSU easily, but went on to knock off Georgetown in the next round.
Colorado State hung around with Murray State for awhile, but faded badly in the second half. This early result set the tone for the whole weekend.
So, that's 1-4 straight up and ATS for the Mountain West in what was supposed to be a breakout season. That's going to hurt in the future when the league wants respect from the selection committee. The year they GOT respect is the year they laid a gigantic egg.
And, this year in particularly would have been huge because nobody else in the West was doing anything. Nobody in the Mountain or Pacific time zones reached the Sweet 16. And, that was locked in by Saturday Night when New Mexico became the last team to fall (so, nobody in the final 24 was in those time zones either). If ANY of those teams had broken through (or Gonzaga from the West Coast conference), they would have been the only team for the Western media to discuss this week.
Well, that's all in the rearview mirror now. I still have some Big East teams to focus on (I told you all year I own that conference), with Syracuse, Louisville, Marquette, and Cincinnati still alive. In fact, all four play this Thursday on the first night the Big Dance resumes! And, I scored big service winners over the weekend on Wisconsin, Baylor, Kentucky, and Florida...so I feel like I'm synch with several teams who are playing well.
Either Thursday or Friday will be bringing my SWEET 16 GAME OF THE YEAR! You can start building your bankroll for that monster release Monday Night with the NIT and the NBA. In fact, I have big things planned for Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday in the smaller conference tournaments and pro hoops as we gear up for the rest of the Dance.
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It's true that the locals are saddened by the absence of UNLV for the rest of the tournament. But, this is still MARCH MADNESS and it's still THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS! There's no better place to be right now in the biggest sports betting month of the calendar year. I'm widely known as THE KING OF LAS VEGAS, which means you'd better be going to W.A.R. alongside WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!
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