No. 3 Idaho (18-12, 9-5) vs. No. 6 Hawaii 15-15, 6-8), 1 p.m.
The teams split the season series, each team winning on the road. Two weeks ago, Hawaii was playing for a No. 2 or No. 3 seed. Hawaii has lost its last five games by an average of 18.8 points per game, including a 19-point home loss to the Vandals. Conversely, Idaho has won five of its last six league games and is the only WAC team to beat Nevada, doing so on the road. Hawaii is certainly talented enough to make a run this week, but the Warriors are clearly limping into the postseason.
No. 2 New Mexico State (23-9, 10-4) vs. No. 7 Fresno State (13-19, 3-11), 3:30 p.m.
NMSU swept series (60-56 home, 83-78 OT away). To his credit, Fresno State first-year head coach Rodney Terry has made the most of a lack of talent, slowing the game down to keep it close. Fresno State is 1-8 in games decided by six points or less and has lost four overtime league games. NMSU is clearly the more talented team with superior size. If the Aggies cut down on their turnovers, NMSU should advance.
No. 1 Nevada (25-5, 13-1) vs. No. 8 San Jose State (9-21, 1-13), 7 p.m.
Nevada swept the season series. When looking at the first-round matchups, appears to be the surest bet for the top seed advancing. Nevada beat San Jose State handily at home and then won a six-point decision at San Jose State. Although anything is possible in March Madness, it seems the only way Nevada would falter would be to look past the Spartans.
No. 4 Utah State (17-14, 8-6) vs. No. 5 Louisiana Tech (16-15, 6-8), 9:30 p.m.
Utah State swept the season series (69-65 at Louisiana Tech, 77-63 at home). Utah State has won two of the last WAC Tournament titles and no team wants to face the Aggies and coach Stew Morrill. But this is a different cast of characters. Both teams are Top 4 in 3-point field goal percentage, meaning whichever team heats up from long range will be marching on.