Something strange is happening in the WAC with the top two seeds losing to teams well under .500

Kyle Ringo
The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

If you asked the following question at some point in the evening Thursday after perusing the college basketball scoreboard, you weren't alone.

What the heck is going on the Western Athletic Conference tournament?

The top two seeds in the WAC bracket - Louisiana Tech and Denver - were upset guaranteeing that a team that wasn't supposed to get into the NCAA tournament will now punch its ticket later this weekend.

Just two weeks ago Louisiana Tech was undefeated in conference play and had an 18-game winning streak. The Bulldogs then lost to New Mexico State and Denver in the final two regular season games and lost to Texas-San Antonio 73-67 today.

The Roadrunners entered the tournament as the No. 9 seed with 10 wins all season and a 3-14 record in conference games.

No. 2 seed Denver shared the regular season conference title with Louisiana Tech and had won 17 of its final 18 regular season games, but didn't play much defense in its loss to Texas State. The Bobcats came made 66 percent of their shots.

Denver coach Joe Scott said he believes his team deserves to continue playing next week. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, if that occurs it will be in the NIT. It's extremely unlikely both Denver and Louisiana Tech would receive at-large bids and it's possible neither will.

"Obviously this is a bitter pill for us with the way we've been playing for the last three months, but you have to give credit to the other team," Scott told the Denver Post. "They played the best they've played all year, by far, times 10.

"We're not going to let it take away from what these guys accomplished (this season). These guys have made it so that we should keep playing next week."

Third-seeded New Mexico State managed to win its game against Idaho and now moves into the role of being the favorite in the tournament. If the early results here are an indication of what is to come, that's not a good thing for the Aggies.

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