2000 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2000 Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 9–11 at the Selland Arena at Fresno State University in Fresno, California.[2]

2000 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season199900
Teams8
SiteSelland Arena
Fresno, CA
ChampionsFresno State (vacated) (1st title)
Winning coachJerry Tarkanian (vacated) (1st title)
MVPCourtney Alexander (Fresno State)
1999–2000 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
#18 Tulsa122 .857  325  .865
Fresno State113 .786  2410  .706
SMU95 .643  219  .700
TCU86 .571  1814  .563
San Jose State68 .429  1515  .500
Hawaii59 .357  1712  .586
UTEP410 .286  1315  .464
Rice113 .071  522  .185
2000 WAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

Hosts Fresno State upset top-seeded Tulsa in the championship game, 75–72, to clinch their first WAC men's tournament championship. However, most of the Bulldogs' season was later vacated by the NCAA for using an ineligible player.

The Bulldogs, nonetheless, received the WAC's automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament. They were joined in the tournament by WAC regular season champion Tulsa, who earned an at-large bid.

Format

Prior to the 1999–2000 season, eight of the WAC's members announced they were departing to form the new Mountain West Conference: Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah, and Wyoming. With this dramatic departure, the league was left with only eight teams. The tournament field was subsequently reduced from twelve to eight, and the division structure was eliminated.

All teams now qualified for the tournament and were all placed into the initial quarterfinal round. The teams were seeded based on regular season conference record.

Bracket

Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 9
Semifinals
Friday, March 10
Championship
Saturday, March 11
         
1 Tulsa 71
8 Rice 51
1 Tulsa 93
4 TCU 77
5 San Jose State 71
4 TCU 84
1 Tulsa 72
2 Fresno State 75
3 SMU 82
6 Hawaii 87
6 Hawaii 100
2 Fresno State 103
7 UTEP 70
2 Fresno State 79

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