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2022 WAC Conference Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Odds: Will New Mexico State Reign Supreme Once Again?

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The Western Athletic Conference tends to be the conference that most people forget about on the West Coast.

With the resurgence of the Mountain West and the dominance of the West Coast Conference, the WAC gets put on the backburner.

But New Mexico State has been a traditional mid-major power and Grand Canyon is quickly becoming a mid-major power after earning their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021.

Abilene Christian competed in the conference for the first time this season after picking up an NCAA Tournament win over Texas last year.

The WAC Tournament tips off on March 8. New Mexico State has earned the No. 1 seed once again. Seattle will also get three byes in the tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Stephen F. Austin and Grand Canyon earned two byes in the tournament as the No. 3 and 4 seeds. Sam Houston and Abilene Christian got first-round byes as seeds No. 5 and 6.

2022 WAC Tournament Bracket

 

2022 WAC Tournament Schedule

The first round gets underway on March 8 but only four teams will be in action. The WAC is following the WCC’s model of rewarding teams for regular season play.

The championship will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 10 p.m.

All times ET

Game Time
8. California Baptist vs. 9. UT Rio Grande Valley Tues., 9 p.m.
10. Chicago State vs. 7. Utah Valley Tues., 11:30 p.m.
5. Sam Houston vs. G1 Winner Wed., 9 p.m.
6. Abilene Christian vs. G2 Winner Wed., 11:30 p.m.
4. Grand Canyon vs. G3 Winner Thurs., 9 p.m.
3. Stephen F. Austin vs. G4 Winner Thurs., 11:30 p.m.
1. New Mexico State vs. G5 Winner Fri., 9 p.m.
2. Seattle vs. G6 Winner Fri., 11:30 p.m.
Championship Sat., 10 p.m.

Pre-Tournament Odds

Odds courtesy of FanDuel

Team Odds
New Mexico State +140
Grand Canyon +310
Seattle +440
Stephen F. Austin +650
Utah Valley +1700
Sam Houston State +3600
California Baptist +10000
Chicago State +50000

Past Winners

Year Winner
2002 Hawaii
2003 Tulsa
2004 Nevada
2005 UTEP
2006 Nevada
2007 New Mexico State
2008 Boise State
2009 Utah State
2010 New Mexico State
2011 Utah State
2012 New Mexico State
2013 New Mexico State
2014 New Mexico State
2015 New Mexico State
2016 Cal State Bakersfield
2017 New Mexico State
2018 New Mexico State
2019 New Mexico State
2020 N/A
2020 Grand Canyon
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