"It's a chance to get some tournament experience for some younger teams," he said. "We're going to look at that because, you would think, if you're having a bad season just wash them and get on with it. Go out recruiting or something. But it's for the kids. It's a student athlete experience. They want to have a feel for what the tournament atmosphere is like."
Tarkanian, 83, led the Rebels to a national title in 1989 90. He also coached and played at Fresno State, where earlier this season he had his number retired.
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Any changes would initiate with the coaches at their annual May meeting. If they collectively want to make a change, it gets forwarded to the athletic directors, who meet at the same time. The universities' presidents would vote on it at their annual meeting in June.
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Other possible changes include the days of competition. This year, the women played on Monday and Tuesday and don't return to the court until today, and the men will have played four straight days, beginning on Wednesday.
Eliminating teams from the tournament is a possibility, too, and Thompson, who is not involved in the decision making process, said he could see both sides of the argument.
the No. 1 seed receives a bye.
Nevada coach David Carter likes the current tournament format for the Mountain West Conference Tournament.(Photo: Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports file)LAS VEGAS The Mountain West Conference is conducting its first basketball tournament as an 11 team conference, and commissioner Craig Thompson said it is possible the conference will change the format after this season.
"Anything and everything is on the table," Thompson said during men's first round play Wednesday at the Thomas Mack Center. "This is the first time we've been an 11 team league. We'll see what it looks like."
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representing itself well in the tournament.
The WAC schools didn't fare quite as well in the final eight. Two women's teams advanced, Nevada and Fresno State, to the semifinals. Only one men's team, Boise State, did.
The hierarchy also could consider using two venues, one for the men and one for the women, like the Pac 12 does. That would be more costly, though. Carter said he preferred playing at one site.
"I think there's Puma High Ankle Shoes White a little disadvantage to the women, having two days off," he said. "I think, after winning on Tuesday, to have to wait until Friday to play, that's kind of hard. But with 22 teams, it's really hard to get the schedule right for everybody."
The MWC is one of four of the 32 Division I basketball conferences that has 11 teams. Two of the other three, the Southern and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, have the same format all 11 teams reach the tournament with the top five seeds receiving first round byes. The other, the Big Sky, sends only its top seven teams to the tournament, and Puma Shoes For Men White
"I think when you're representing your school, you want to play at the same time," he said.
nine of the 16 (56.3 percent) spots in the men's and women's final eight. Nevada and Fresno State got both of their teams to the final eight.
Five of the 11 schools in the MWC are schools that were members of the Western Athletic Conference in the past three years, and while that represents 36.3 percent of the conference's makeup, those schools have fared much better in the tournament.
Nevada coach David Carter said he liked the bracket format, the fact that the top five teams get byes, but he felt the women get the short end of the stick.
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