2020 NCAA Tournament Bracket: What A Field Of 68 Would Have Looked Like

What would an NCAA Tournament look like had the event gone on.

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2020 NCAA Tournament Bracket: What A Field Of 68 Would Have Looked Like


Simulating the NCAA Tournament


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What the field will look like it.

March Madness is canceled and the NCAA selection committee was debating on putting together a mock bracket but at the last moment decided not to do that because the conference tournaments were canceled and more data would have been better.

With no March Madness, we decided to do our own bracket with the help of Bracket Matrix by using their composite field of 68 and then simulate the tournament using WhatIfSports.com to simulate the field.

The plan is to get some blurbs on as many as these teams for a mini-preview for games and then run the simulation to see who would win the national title.

The bracket is below (or download a version here)

For a fun game, everyone should also fill out their brackets as we will start the simulations on Thursday, so you will have a few days to fill it out and see how well your bracket does.

San Diego State ended up with a No. 2 seed and play No. 15 Northern Kentucky and No. 11 Utah State would play No. 6 Michigan.

Tag your twitter bracket entry with #MWWireMadness so we can compile them.

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PODCAST: 2020 Mountain West Tournament Recap

We look back at the Mountain West tournament.

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PODCAST: 2020 Mountain West Tournament Recap


The championship game was a classic.


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Looking back at the ’20 MW tourney

Jeremy and Andrew are back to go over the Mountain West tournament which saw No. 11 Wyoming makes a tournament run and Utah State coming from behind to defeat San Diego State for its second straight tournament title.

We go through the games with what surprised us and disappointed us through the games. We chat how UNLV’s seasons went in T. J. Otzelberger’s first year on the job and how he overachieved a bit.

We get into NCAA Tournament seeding with San Diego State and whether they would rather get that No. 1 seed out East or stay close to home as a No. 2 seed. Also, there is some talk about covid-19 possibly changing the dynamic of the NCAA Tournament by playing games with no fans or even condensing the sites.

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Mountain West Championship: Utah State Best San Diego State In Epic Final

Sam Merrill Leads Second Half Comeback Mountain West Sending Two Teams To NCAA Tournament Contact/Follow @Aztecs_Nation & @MWCwire Merrill’s three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left lifts Aggies over Aztecs San Diego State was already heading to the big …

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Sam Merrill Leads Second Half Comeback


Mountain West Sending Two Teams To NCAA Tournament


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Merrill’s three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left lifts Aggies over Aztecs

San Diego State was already heading to the big dance, the only question was would it hoard the Mountain West automatic bid to itself or would someone come in and grab it.

Utah State was in a treacherous position according to most bracketologists and would have been sweating out Selection Sunday had they not won, but a deep three point basket by Sam Merrill that gave the Aggies the 59-56 win.

Both team struggled to score in the first half, but the Aztecs built a huge lead of 16 points with under three minutes remaining.

Merrill spearheaded a 10-2 run that brought the lead down to eight, giving Utah State life heading into the locker room. Leading at half was a strange position for San Diego State since they had grown accustomed to falling behind at half and coming back. Today the script was flipped and the Aggies did to the Aztecs what the Aztecs had done to so many teams before.

Utah State shot lights out in the second half (56.0%) and took a four point lead with under six minutes to play. From there it was a grind it out affair that went back and forth. In the end the Aztecs had a half-court heave to tie the contest, but Malachi Flynn’s shot rimmed out at the buzzer.

Merrill led the way for the Aggies with a game-high 27 points. Neemias Queta chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds.

Flynn led the Aztecs with 16 points. Yanni Wetzell had a double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds. And KJ Feagin finished with 11 points.

The loss may have been a blessing in disguise for the Aztecs as they will likely drop to the second seed line in the NCAA tournament and will probably be shipped out west instead of being a No. 1 seed out East.

Utah State now gets to relax on Selection Sunday, knowing that they are in the NCAA tournament.

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2020 Mountain West Championship Game Highlights

2020 Mountain West Championship Game Highlights The most important plays from the Mountain West title game. Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Aggies win back-to-back titles. The Mountain West championship game was a one of a kind event that …

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2020 Mountain West Championship Game Highlights


The most important plays from the Mountain West title game.


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Aggies win back-to-back titles.

The Mountain West championship game was a one of a kind event that came down to the final seconds with Utah State’s Sam Merrill hitting a deep three for the 59-56 win and the following attempt by Mountain West player of the year Malachi Flynn nearly went in and send the game into overtime.

Here are the best plays, highlights, moments and dancing surrounding the Mountain West title game.

Game winner.

Alternate view of the game-winner.

Soooooo close.

Celebrations!

Net cutdown

More Merrill.

Queta with the THROWDOWN

Some of college basketball media took notice of the Aggies and Merrill’s performance.

Merrill earned MVP honors.

Four players in the final game were on the all-tourney team.

 

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2020 Mountain West Title Game: Keys For A Utah State Victory

Utah State takes on San Diego State in search of its second-consecutive Mountain West tournament title.

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2020 Mountain West Title Game: Keys For A Utah State Victory


Aggies looking for back-to-back conference titles.


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Can Utah State avoid third loss to Aztecs?

Utah State is back in the Mountain West title game for the second-straight year and they advanced by holding off a very pesky No. 11 Wyoming Cowboys team in the semifinals, 89-82.

The Aggies have been one hottest teams in the Mountain West by winning eight of its last nine. However, if they are going to win consecutive conference titles for the first time in 19 years, the Aggies will need to beat San Diego State for the first time all year.

The Aztecs own an 80-68 and a 77-68 victory of Utah State so the Aggies need to figure out a way to get one of the best teams in the country.

What else could you want with the top two teams in the league squaring off for the first NCAA Tournament berth awarded?

1. Sam Merrill vs. Malachi Flynn matchup

The past two Mountain West players of the year will square off this afternoon. This is a huge matchup to determine who will win. The two times that these teams have squared off, Merrill has averaged 21 points and 6.5 assists per game. However, his shooting percentage was not great at 39.9 percent from the field and 37.5 percent.

As for Flynn, he was more well-round as he put up 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and two steals. This matchup is going to be one ot watch and both players will probably be the best two on the court Saturday afternoon but if Merrill can outplay Flynn by just a little bit to get the win. That will be a tough task and it will come by if Merrill can slow him down on defense or go shot for shot and outscore Flynn on offense. Slowing either down will be tough for both teams, what would make for a fun game is if both of these guys go off.

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Where: Thomas & Mack; Las Vegas, Nevada
When: 5:30 p.m. ET
TV: CBS
STREAMING: CBSSports.com or FuboTV with a free trial
RADIO: San Diego State | Utah State | Mountain West Feed
KenPom: Aztecs -7

2. Neemias Queta is back

Queta has slowly been turning into the player he was last year and finally seems to be recovered from the knee injury he suffered during the summer playing in a FIBA tournament with Portugal. Since February, he is averaging 15 points per game which includes four games of 20 or more points.

Queta might be the biggest reason that the Aggies can pull off this upset. In his two games vs. San Diego State, his first one was not great on offense as he scored just eight points but he did have three blocks and a steal. The Aggies will need him to break through against a really good San Diego State defense and get about 12-15 points and achieve a double-double.

3. Utah State’s offense vs. SDSU’s defense

This game is likely to not feature a lot of points as the Aztecs are third in the NCAA and are allowing just 59.1 points per game. Utah State averages 77 points per game on their end. Going one step further, the Aggies have scored 68 points in each matchup and lost. That is because this not the older San Diego State teams where the game is slow and the goal is first to 55 to win.

The Aztecs can put up points and scored over 80 and 77 in its two wins over Utah State and for the year put up 75.5 per game. The Aggies will need more than Merrill and Queta to score points. Justin Bean, Diogo Brito, and Brock Miller to supplement the scoring. At worst score some early buckets and be a threat later on which can open up Merrill and Queta.

Score early and often against this SDSU defense is possibly the biggest key for Utah State to pull off the upset and get the Mountain West’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. A loss to the Aztecs might leave Utah State on the outside looking in once Selection Sunday comes around next week.

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2020 Mountain West Basketball Day 3: Results, Highlights, Recaps, More

2020 Mountain West Basketball Day 3: Results, Highlights, Recaps, More Semifinals are in the books. Contact/Follow @MWCwire Championship game is set. Then there were just two teams left in the Mountain West tournament. Top-seeded San Diego Stat will …

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2020 Mountain West Basketball Day 3: Results, Highlights, Recaps, More


Semifinals are in the books.


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Championship game is set.

Then there were just two teams left in the Mountain West tournament. Top-seeded San Diego Stat will take on No. 2 Utah State for the third time this year

Here is how each team advanced to the finals which tips at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.

(#1) San Diego State 81, (#5) Boise State 68

Full Recap: Aztecs head to 10th title game in 12 years

The Aztecs struggled a bit against Boise State and overcame a 16-[point deficit to tie the game at 40 at the break. That surge kept going in the second half as San Diego State slowly pulled away vs. Boise State.

Defense was key for San Diego State to win as the allowed the Broncos to shoot 57.7% from the field in the first half. In the second half, the Aztecs held the Broncos to 23.3%.

San Diego State was led by Malachi Flynn who finished with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists. KJ Feagin had 21 points and six rebounds.

No. 2 Utah State 89, No. 11 Wyoming 82

The Cowboys’ dream run came to a halt on Friday night, though Wyoming did hang around for much of this game. Though the season is sadly over for Allen Edwards’ club, the team should be extremely proud of their two wins in Las Vegas.

The Aggies, meanwhile, move on to face San Diego State for the Mountain West Championship. Utah State’s NCAA Tournament hopes may depend on a win over the Aztecs.

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San Diego State Advances To Mountain West Finals With Victory Over Boise State

Malachi Flynn, KJ Feagin Pace Aztecs Over Boise State San Diego State makes third straight Mountain West Tournament Final Contact/Follow @Aztecs_Nation & @MWCwire San Diego State Beats Boise State 81-68. San Diego State has made it a habit of late …

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Malachi Flynn, KJ Feagin Pace Aztecs Over Boise State


San Diego State makes third straight Mountain West Tournament Final


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San Diego State Beats Boise State 81-68.

San Diego State has made it a habit of late to allow teams to shoot over 50% on them in the first half and then use the second half to shut Boise State down and come back. Today was no different as the Aztecs allowed the Broncos to score 40 points in the first, but pulled away in the second half. With the victory, the Aztecs make the Mountain West Tournament Final for the 10th time in 12 years.

The first half was like a typical basketball game, a game of runs. San Diego State opened the game on a 9-3 run behind three 3-point shots. Boise State then went out and took the lead and pushed it to 16 behind some timely shots. In a game a runs the momentum had to shift back. Jordan Schakel hit a three right before to cap off a 19-3 run to tie the game at 40.

In the second half the Aztecs kept the momentum, slowly extending the lead up to 12 with 10 minutes to play. Every time the Broncos tried to take claw back into the game, San Diego State would hit a big shot to stem any momentum shift. Also, the Aztec defense stepped up once again. After allowing the Broncos to shoot 57.7% from the field in the first, the Aztecs held the Broncos to 23.3%. In the end, as they have for most of the year, the Aztecs were too tough in the second half and pulled away from the Broncos.

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San Diego State was led by Malachi Flynn who finished with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists. KJ Feagin had 21 points and six rebounds. Matt Mitchell finished off the double digit scorers for the Aztecs with 17 points and six rebounds.

Boise State had five players in double figures, led by Alex Hobbs with 21 points. RJ Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Derrick Alston also had 12 points. Justinian Jessup and Abu Kigab each chipped in with 10 points.

San Diego State will face the winner of Utah State and Wyoming.

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2020 Mountain West Semifinal Odds

2020 Mountain West Semifinal Odds Odds are changing with Wyoming’s win. Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Utah State’s path is easy. The odds for who will win the Mountain West have been drastically changed with Wyoming pulling off back-to-back …

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2020 Mountain West Semifinal Odds


Odds are changing with Wyoming’s win.


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Utah State’s path is easy.

The odds for who will win the Mountain West have been drastically changed with Wyoming pulling off back-to-back upsets as the No. 11 seed. The Cowboys take on Utah State in the second semifinal and they are being given very low odds of moving on.

Wyoming had just two Mountain West wins all year and equaled that after the first two rounds of the Mountain West tournament. With the Cowboys winning, it is giving Utah State amazing odds to make it to the Mountain West title game as they are at 95 percent according to TeamRankings.com

San Diego State is heavy favorites to beat Boise State but are given just a coin-flip chance to win the conference tournament.

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2020 Mountain West Tournament Semifinal Staff Picks

2020 Mountain West Staff Picks There are only four teams left. Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Who is going to make it to the finals? The Mountain West tournament has had one huge upset so far, well twice. Wyoming is surprising everyone as …

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2020 Mountain West Staff Picks


There are only four teams left.


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Who is going to make it to the finals?

The Mountain West tournament has had one huge upset so far, well twice. Wyoming is surprising everyone as the 11th seed with two wins and if they can get past Utah State it will be one of the most historic runs ever in Mountain West tournament play. However, they are double-digit underdogs to the Aggies.

The other game is Boise State vs. San Diego State and the Aztecs are a huge favorite as well. Our staff makes picks and one of our SDSU’s writers, Erwin, goes bold and picks Wyoming to beat the Aggies and appear in the Mountain West title game.

Semifinal 1: No. 1 San Diego State vs. No. 5 Boise State, 9 p.m. ET, TV: CBS Sports Network or stream on FuboTV

Jeremy: San Diego State

Tron: SDSU

Ted: San Diego State

Raj: Boise State

Erwin: San Diego State

Larry: San Diego State

Eric: San Diego State

Semifinal 2: No. 2 Utah State vs. No. 11 Wyoming, 11:30 p.m. ET, TV: CBS Sports Network or stream on FuboTV

Tron: Utah State

Ted: Utah State

Jeremy: Utah State

Raj: Utah State

Erwin: Wyoming

Larry: Utah State

Eric: Utah State

 

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Mountain West Tournament: Sam Merrill Leads #2 Utah State Past #7 New Mexico, 75-70

The Utah State Aggies defeated the New Mexico Lobos 75-70 in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinal on Thursday March 5, 2020.

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Mountain West Tournament: Sam Merrill Leads #2 Utah State Past #7 New Mexico, 75-70


Merrill, Neemias Queta, overcame foul trouble.


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The Aggies were without Merrill, Queta and Abel Porter for much of the second half.

Sam Merrill (29 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist) led all scorers despite second half foul trouble and Utah State defeated New Mexico in a close on inside the Thomas and Mack Arena at the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

The reward for the Aggies (aside from moving on to the conference tournament semifinals)?

A new GIF featuring Craig Smith.

With Neemias Queta in foul trouble for much of the game, Justin Bean garnered an impressive 15 of his team’s 43 rebounds.

New Mexico was led by JaQuan Lyle (20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) and Corey Manigault (18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal), while “Vegas Vance” Vance Jackson took a bit of a step back in the quarterfinal game.

Utah State started strong from the get-go, maintaining a 13 point lead for the first 10 minutes of the game. But New Mexico showed an emerging defense and attacking offense, allowing them to tie the game by the half despite a mere 31% shooting for the half.

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Throughout the second half, the teams traded leads, with New Mexico going up by as many as 11 while Sam Merrill and Neemias Queta were sidelined by foul trouble. Critical to the surge was New Mexico’s defensive pressure with Utah State’s primary ball handlers Abel Porter (who was suffering back pain through the game) and Sam Merrill off the court. The Lobos forced 17 turnovers in the game, many of which came during that time.

But it was not enough to overcome the Sam Merrill effect. It was when Merrill returned to the floor that things improved dramatically both offensively and defensively for the Aggies.

Turnovers decreased, offensive flow improved and Craig Smith’s squad was far more calm and collected to close out the game.

Down 57-46 with 9:38 remaining, Merrill was back in the game with 4 fouls. The Aggies quickly cut the lead to 57-51 before giving up a Keith McGee three pointer that put New Mexico up 60-51. But an 11-3 run in favor of the Aggies was enough to knot the game at 63 each with 3:50 left in the game. The teams continued to trade buckets, remaining tied 70-70 with 1:33 remaining before Diogo Brito hit a big-time three-pointer.

The three proved to be too much for New Mexico to overcome, thrusting Utah State into a semifinal match-up with the surprise-of-the-conference Wyoming Cowboys who have not only been the first 11-seed to win a game in the Mountain West tournament, but the first to be in the semifinals.

That game takes place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas Thursday at 8:30 PM PT.

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