MWC Tournament Brackets Announced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2003 EAS Mountain West Conference men's and women's basketball championship bracket times are set for this year's tournament, scheduled for March 12-15 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The position of final seeds will be determined at the conclusion of conference play. The women's pairings will be announced Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. MST. The men's pairings will be announced Saturday, March 8 at 9 p.m. MST.

Click here for PDF of the men's bracket

Click here for PDF of the women's bracket

Wednesday, March 12 (all times PST)

Noon Women's Quarterfinal Game #1 (No. 1 vs. No. 8) -- MWC-TV

2:30 p.m. Women's Quarterfinal Game #2 (No. 4 vs. No. 5) -- MWC-TV

6:00 p.m. Women's Quarterfinal Game #3 (No. 2 vs. No. 7) -- MWC-TV

8:30 p.m. Women's Quarterfinal Game #4 (No. 3 vs. No. 6) -- MWC-TV

Thursday, March 13

Noon Men's Quarterfinal Game #1 (No. 2 vs. No. 7) -- ESPN+Plus

2:30 p.m. Men's Quarterfinal Game #2 (No. 3 vs. No. 6) -- ESPN+Plus

6:00 p.m. Men's Quarterfinal Game #3 (No. 1 vs. No. 8) -- ESPN+Plus

9:00 p.m. Men's Quarterfinal Game #4 (No. 4 vs. No. 5) -- ESPN

Friday, March 14

Noon Women's Semifinal Game #5 -- MWC-TV

2:30 p.m. Women's Semifinal Game #6 -- MWC-TV

6:00 p.m. Men's Semifinal Game #5 -- ESPN+PLUS

9:00 p.m. Men's Semifinal Game #6 -- ESPN

Saturday, March 15

3:30 p.m. Women's Championship Game -- Tape delayed on ESPN2 9:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Men's Championship Game -- ESPN

MWC Tie Breaking Guidelines

General Procedure. All ties shall be broken in the order in which they occur, from top to bottom, in the standings. When comparing tied teams against positions lower in the standings that also are tied, those lower-tied positions shall be considered a single position for purposes of comparison.

Two-way Tie. If two teams tie for a position, and one holds a win-loss advantage during regular season play, that team receives the higher seed. If the two teams split their games during the regular season, each tied teams record shall be compared against the team occupying the highest position in the standings, continuing down through the standings until one team gains the advantage, thereby gaining the higher seed. If two teams remain tied after all tie breakers have been exhausted, a drawing shall be held by the Commissioner.

Ties Between Three or More Teams. If three or more teams tie for a position, the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie shall be compared until an advantage is gained. If the multiple tie still exists, each of the tied teams records against the team occupying the highest position in the standings shall be compared, continuing down through the standings until the tie is reduced to a two-team tie, at which time the procedure shall revert to the two-way tie breaking procedure, until the tie is broken. If teams remain tied after all tie breakers have been exhausted, a drawing shall be held by the Commissioner.

This year marks the fourth straight that the MWC Championship will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. In 2004, the event will move to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., for three years.