MW Adjusting Start of Conference Hoops for the 2019-20 Season
The Mountain West will adjust the 2019-20 conference season, having the first week of games played in the first week of December, and then picking up the schedule around New Years. The change is being made becausethe MW men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be moved up a week, to the first week of March, in 2020.
Mountain West Senior Senior Associate Commissioner Dan Butterly confirmed the move to Geoff Grammer.
The MW announced in January it was going to adjust the dates fro the 2020 tournament to avoid competing for hotel space in Las Vegas with the CONEXPO-CON.AGG International construction Trade Show two years ago, which led to excessive prices because of demand created not only by that event but also the WAC, West Coast Conference, and Pac-12 basketball tournaments, along with a NASCAR event.
The MW did not want to merely start the conference season a week early, which would conflict with Holiday tournaments. No non-conference tournaments are played the first week of December.
The MW men’s and women’s tournaments will be held March 1-7, 2020 at the Thomas & Mack Center.