Mountain West Tournament 2012: Colorado St. Vs. TCU Preview

The Colorado State Rams did themselves a lot of good by ending the regular season as winners of four of their last five games, but before the Rams can go dancing in the NCAA Tournament, they must take care of business against TCU tonight in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament. The Rams are now likely to grab an at-large bid to the NCAA's field of 68, but the beautiful thing about the bubble is that it changes daily. A slip-up against the Horned Frogs and Colorado State could see its favorable position take a dive.

Junior guard Wes Eikmeier leads the Rams, entering with a scoring average of 16 points per game. TCU is led by senior guard Hank Thorns. Thorns is averaging 13.4 points per game and 4.6 assists per game this season.

Click here for a printable PDF bracket for the 2012 Mountain West Tournament. All games take place March 8-10 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. The full schedule is below:

Date Time (MT) Network
Thursday March 8
No. 1 San Diego State vs. No. 8 Boise State 1:00 p.m. MTN HD
No. 4 Colorado State vs. No. 5 TCU 3:30 p.m. MTN HD/CBS Sports Network HD
No. 2 New Mexico vs. No. 7 Air Force 7:00 p.m. MTN HD
No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Wyoming 9:30 p.m. MTN HD/CBS Sports Network HD
Friday, March 9
Winner Quarterfinal #1 vs. Winner Quarterfinal #2 7:00 p.m. CBS Sports Network HD
Winner Quarterfinal #1 vs. Winner Quarterfinal #2 9:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network HD
Saturday, March 10
Winner Semifinal #1 vs. Winner Semifinal #2 5:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network HD

For more on the 2012 Mountain West Tournament, stick with SB Nation Denver and Mountain West Connection. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more on March Madness.

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