Bettors cheat in Mountain West and lose their money at March Madness

College basketball fans across the country cheered and raved about the Mountain West Conference all season long. I even fell for Mountain West’s trap, all year claiming that they could make a splash at this year’s tournament.

As a result, four teams from the conference were awarded one bid, the most since 2013. Boise, Wyoming, San Diego State and Colorado State were all born.

Unfortunately, the celebration did not last long. At the end of the first day of competition, all four schools were eliminated. Not only 0-4, but all failed to spread. That’s right, a 0-4 straight draw and against spread and just like that, the Mountain West Conference was knocked out of the tournament.

I don’t know if something’s in the water at the Mountain West schools, but not closing games is a common theme across all three schools.

Wyoming couldn’t keep up with Indiana for the duration of the game, Colorado State took a first-half lead over Michigan, Boise State had a chance to end the game late against Memphis before making multiple consecutive turns, and San Diego State led Creighton late, eventually losing in extra time.

People praise the defensive ability of each team, but perhaps that is the most important factor that makes the Western Mountains do not have any good shooting teams. All four teams have fallen significantly below their season average. Even Colorado State, which has an average effective scoring rate for the season of 54.8%, is only shooting with an EFG rate of 44.6% compared to Michigan.

Whatever the reason may be, keep this in mind next year when filling in your parentheses. Dating back to last year, Mountain West is currently leading 0-6 and fighting a disparity in the NCAA Tournament. Bettors cheat in Mountain West and lose their money at March Madness

John Verrall

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