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#WACVegas is Set After Seattle Beats Grand Canyon

Clark Clifford - UVU Athletics

And we finally have a set bracket for #WACVegas. With Seattle beating Grand Canyon in overtime the games for next weekend are set. 

WAC Tournament Match-Ups

No. 1 New Mexico State vs. No. 8 Chicago State

No. 4 UTRGV vs. No. 5 CSU Bakersfield

No. 2 Utah Valley vs. No. 7 UMKC

No. 3 Grand Canyon vs. No. 6 Seattle

The reason that Seattle gets the 6-seed over UMKC is because the Redhawks have a higher RPI that the ‘Roos.

It is the second time in three years that Seattle ends the regular season against the same team they play in the their first game in Vegas. Two years ago, Utah Valley beat Seattle in the regular season finale. Utah Valley beat the Redhawks again in the WAC quarterfinals a week later. So, perhaps things are on the side of the Redhawks when they face GCU again for the second time in less than a week.

All roads lead through New Mexico State once again, though. The Aggies are winnings of 15 straight games with one remaining against California Baptist. It is a rematch of the lone conference game New Mexico State lost back on Jan. 3 in Riverside. New Mexico State has won eight WAC Tournament titles and six of the last seven. The Aggies cruised through the WAC Tournament field in 2018 as they won by an average margin of 15 points. 

But the WAC is an interesting conference this season. Like it was mentioned, newcomer California Baptist is the only team to beat New Mexico State this season. UMKC has impressive wins over both GCU and CSU Bakersfield. UTRGV has had its share of ups and downs that include road wins at CSU Bakersfield and GCU. Seattle has won five of its last six as the Redhawks are finally getting healthy. An overachieving UVU team is one win away from tying the program record for wins in a season. And who knows which GCU team you will get on any given night? Remember that this is CSU Bakersfield’s last run in the WAC so watch out for the ‘Runners. 

#WACVegas is always entertaining and for one team it is going to be the culmination of hard work and perseverance. 

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