Things got turned upside down in the WAC quarterfinals on Thursday with No. 1 Louisiana Tech and No. 2 Denver going down to defeat.
That means in today’s first semifinal game in Las Vegas the No. 3 New Mexico State Aggies will face No. 7 Texas State. The Aggies won both meetings this season straight up but the series split against the spread.
In the second semifinal, the No. 4 Texas-Arlington Mavericks square off against No. 9 Texas-San Antonio. The Mavericks swept this series during the regular season SU, but UTSA did cover as a 1.5-point underdog on the road.
There are four games on tap for today’s action in the WAC Tournament from Las Vegas starting with No.3 New Mexico State as a 6.5-point favorite against No. 6 Idaho. The second game has No. 2 Denver as a prohibitive 16.5-point favorite in its matchup against No. 7 Texas State.
The late games tip off with No. 1 Louisiana Tech opening as a 10-point favorite over No. 9 Texas-San Antonio. No. 4 Texas-Arlington and No. 5 Utah State will wrap up the quarterfinals in the final game of the day with the higher-seeded Aggies listed as 3-point favorites.
This Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Western Athletic Conference Tournament betting will get underway with two first-round games featuring the highest four seeds in this 10-team race to Saturday night’s title game.
In Tuesday’s first game, the No. 7 Texas State Bobcats will face the No. 10 Seattle Redhawks. The Bobcats finished 10-21 straight-up including a 5-13 SU record in conference play and went 13-15 against the spread. Seattle brought up the rear in the WAC with just three SU conference victories against 15 losses. It was 8-21 SU overall but over .500 ATS at 14-11. Texas State beat the Redhawks twice this season both SU and ATS.
The No. 8 San Jose State Spartans and the No. 9 Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners each finished the regular season 3-14 SU in conference play and will play for just the second time this season after the Spartans rolled to an easy 80-67 victory as 3-point road underdogs at the sportsbooks on December 31.
The winner of Game 1 will go on to face No. 2 Denver in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Pioneers were 21-8 SU overall and 16-10-1 ATS. The No. 1 seed Louisiana Tech Bulldogs reeled off 18 straight wins this season on their way to a 26-5 SU (16-10-1 ATS) record, but losses in their last two conference games dropped them to 16-2 in the WAC. They will play the winners of the San Jose State verse UTSA game.
No. 3 New Mexico State and No. 6 Idaho will square off in Thursday’s first quarterfinal game and No. 4 Texas-Arlington will close things out late Thursday night against No. 5 Utah State. The semifinal round is scheduled for Friday, with the first game of the night tipping off at 9pm ET. No. 2 Denver should be favored to come out of the top end of the bracket; the second semifinal is slated for an 11:30pm tipoff with Louisiana Tech the favorite to come out on top in the other half of the bracket.
The Pioneers and the Bulldogs met twice this season with Louisiana Tech drawing first blood in a 68-60 victory on December 29 as 4-point road underdogs. Denver returned the favor in a big way with a season-ending 78-54 rout as an 8.5-point home favorite on the WAC betting lines at the sportsbooks. The total went OVER in both games.
Western Athletic Conference Tournament Odds - courtesy of 5Dimes:
Louisiana Tech +260
New Mexico State +400
Utah State +675
Texas-San Antonio +12500
Texas State +30000
San Jose State +30000
Tuesday, March 12 - Opening Round
9 PM ET – No. 7 Texas State vs. No. 10 Seattle
11:30 PM ET – No. 8 San Jose State vs. No. 9 Texas-San Antonio
Thursday, March 14 - Quarterfinal Round
3 PM ET – No. 3 New Mexico State vs. No. 6 Idaho
5:30 PM ET – No. 2 Denver vs. No. 7/10
9 PM ET – No. 1 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 8/9
11:30 PM ET – No. 4 Texas-Arlington vs. No. 5 Utah State
Friday, March 15 - Semifinal Round
9 PM ET – No. 2/7/10 vs. No. 3/6
11:30 PM ET – No. 1/8/9 vs. No. 4/5
Saturday, March 16 - Championship Game
11 PM ET – Semifinal 1 Winner vs. Semifinal 2 Winner