COVID has raised its ugly head again, as two more Mountain West basketball games have been postponed. But the Mountain West Conference made changes to the schedule to get a dream match to fill the void.
Colorado State’s Friday night game against Boise State and Saturday’s San Diego State game on CBS against Nevada have both been postponed due to COVID issues in the Boise State and Nevada schedule.
So instead of having both the Rams and the Aztecs sitting on the sidelines, Mountain West has changed their schedule so that both teams will meet Saturday on CBS at 1pm. PT.
Due to COVID-19 concerns within the Boise State and Nevada men’s basketball programs, the MW has changed the schedule and @Aztec_MBB will now host @CSUMBasketball on Saturday, January 8 at 1pm. PT, on CBS. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 1st. pic.twitter.com/CchObQipmg
The Colorado State at Boise State game scheduled for Friday 7 January and the Nevada at San Diego State game scheduled for Saturday 8 January have been postponed. If these games cannot be rescheduled, no contests will be declared.
Both teams, who have aspirations for the NCAA tournament, met on January 2, 2021 in San Diego, where the Rams overcame a 26-point deficit to win 70-67. That game was also broadcast nationally on CBS.
This will be a great opportunity for the conference to showcase its two best teams in its largest television window. For the state of Colorado, this is an opportunity to show the country that they are a legitimate threat in March and that its 10-0 record is no accident.
For the state of San Diego, the game will have a little more importance. This will be an opportunity for the Aztecs to take a quality win against one of the top 25 teams to increase their NCAA tournament resume.
In ESPN’s recent bracketology report, Joe Lunardi has the state of San Diego as one of his top four teams out. A win for the Aztecs could lift them up and give them an advantage against other teams on the bubble in March.
Both teams were supposed to play March 1 in San Diego, but the conference announced that this Saturday game will replace that. This means that both teams will have a free space on that date to possibly make up for one of their postponed matches.
The postponements are the 12th and 13th games of the Mountain West conference to be postponed. The UNLV and the Air Force, scheduled for Saturday, were also postponed this morning, the conference announced. Six of the 10 games scheduled for this week have been postponed.
If the postponed games against Boise State and Nevada cannot be resumed, those games will be declared non-contest. The Mountain West has not yet released a plan to catch up on postponed games.