An abysmal first half where Wyoming only scored 11 points was a hole that was just too deep. Despite outscoring UNLV 37-28 in the second half it was a case of too little too late. The offense got on track and actually brought the deficit down to 6 points with 1:03 left but then the Rebel defense locked down once again. In all the score ended up 56-48 and the Cowboys covered the 9 point spread thanks to a last second three by Larry Nance Jr.
Mike Moserwas unstoppable in the first half for UNLV with a double double on his own. He finished the game with 22 points and 14 rebounds. The aggressive defense of the Rebels frustated Wyoming who barely had any open shots and missed the few opportunities they did have. The Cowboys certainly could have done some damage in the tournament but sadly it didn't work out that way. Luckily this won't be the last time the Cowboys will see the court this season. Thanks to their 20 win season in a very competitive Mountain West the Cowboys will be making an appearence in some sort of post season tournament.
Hopefully the Pokes will land in the NIT which will determine it's bracket on Sunday evening after the NCAA tournament is all sorted. The Cowboys would still likely be a lower seed and play on the road in the first round. The first round for the NIT is played on March 13th and 14th.
According to NITology.com the Pokes are listed as a six seed and a solid pick to make the NIT. I certainly like those projections. This was last updated on March 3rd so there are plenty of things that change between now and Sunday. And they probably will.