2019 Mountain West Tournament Betting Odds, Preview: Will Nevada Get its Revenge?
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Nevada forwards Caleb Martin (10) and Cody Martin (11)
- The Mountain West Tournament will get going on Wednesday March 13 in Las Vegas with three first-round games.
- After making the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season, Nevada (-170) enters the MWC tournament as the odds-on favorite.
The Mountain West conference tournament will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center for the 13th straight year, but that hasn’t helped the local Rebels out over the past decade. UNLV hasn’t won this tournament since 2008 when tournament MVP Wink Adams led the Rebs to a win over freshman Jimmer Freddete and BYU in the final.
Last year’s champion San Diego State has made the championship game in eight of the past 10 seasons. The Aztecs, who have historically dominated this tournament, will start their 2019 tournament campaign off with a game against those Rebels in the quarterfinals. The winner will in all likelihood then meet clear tourney favorite Nevada.
Let’s take a closer look at the top seed Wolf Pack and then discuss which potential sleeper might be worth a few dollars in the futures market.
2019 Mountain West Tournament Odds, Format
- Who: All 11 Mountain West teams
- Format: Top 5 seeds receive a bye
- When: March 13-16
- Where: Las Vegas, Nev.
- How to Watch: Stadium, CBSSN, CBS
- Defending Champion: San Diego State
Who Should Win
When the trio of Caleb Martin, Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline announced they were returning to Nevada for their senior seasons, the Mountain West Championship was an afterthought. While the Wolf Pack could only muster a tie for the regular season title, they are still the team that should hoist the tournament championship trophy.
Nevada ranks 23rd in adjusted offensive efficiency and 23rd in 2P%. Within Mountain West conference play they are second in both categories and third in effective field goal percentage. Caleb Martin (19.6 ppg) and Carolina (17.7 ppg) have been consistent scoring options all season, while Cody Martin (11.6 ppg) has greatly improved from the foul line (78%) and 3P (37%). With Portland transfer Jazz Johnson (11.1 ppg, 44.1% 3P) scalding hot from 3P, the Wolf Pack bring explosive scoring options at every position.
The Wolf Pack’s biggest improvement has been on the defensive end. They rank first in Mountain West play in adjusted defensive efficiency, effective field goal defense, turnovers forced and blocks per game.
With their athleticism and shot-making ability, Nevada is the most likely winner.