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Rams feel good heading into MW tourney

March 6, 2013

CSU's trek into March Madness begins this week when the men's and women's basketball teams hit Las Vegas for the Mountain West Tournament.

The four-day tournament brings together all nine teams from the Mountain West and determines the league’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. All games will be played at the Thomas and Mack Center on UNLV’s campus.

Action begins Tuesday night, with Nevada facing Air Force in the women’s preliminary game and Wyoming taking on Nevada in the men’s preliminary. Wednesday will feature four men’s quarterfinal games, while women’s quarterfinals are Thursday. Semifinals are Friday, with championship games set for Saturday.

Senior center Colton Iverson is the Rams' leading scorer and rebounder.All men's games on TV

CBS Sports Network will televise all men’s quarterfinal and semifinal games, with the championship game set for CBS. The women’s championship game will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network.

The CSU men’s team is looking for big things in the tournament. The Rams, who finished second in the Mountain West regular season, enter as the No. 2 seed after compiling a school-record 24 wins and an overall record of 24-7.

CSU opens with Fresno State, Wyo.

The Rams, who likely have already secured a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament, open play Wednesday at 3:30 MDT against Fresno State – the second of four men’s quarterfinal games that day. The Rams, led by all-Mountain West center Colton Iverson and four other senior starters, swept two games from the Bulldogs (11-18) this season.

If the Rams win, they would play the winner of the UNLV-Air Force game at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The Rams swept Air Force and split with UNLV this season.

The championship game is at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The CSU women, led by senior Meghan Heimstra, go into the MW tourney knowing they need to win the title to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Rams (11-18) are the No. 6 seed and will play Wyoming at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Wyoming swept the two-game series with the Rams this season.