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WAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
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2008 WAC Basketball Tournament logo.
Sport College basketball
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Number of teams 9
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Lawlor Events Center
Current location Reno, Nevada
Played 1984-present
Last contest 2010
Current champion New Mexico State Aggies
Most championships UTEP Miners (5)
Official website WACSports.com Men's Basketball

The Western Athletic Conference has held a postseason tournament to crown a men's basketball champion every year since 1984. At first the regular season champion hosted it but at its height, the tournament was held at larger urban venues. Since the departure of the Mountain West Conference teams, the tournaments have returned to campus. The winner of the WAC Basketball Tournament is guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Basketball Tournament every year.

WAC Men's Basketball Tournament results[]

Year Winner Score Opponent MVP Venue
1984 UTEP 62-55 Wyoming Juden Smith, UTEP Special Events Center (El Paso, Texas)
1985 San Diego State 87-81 UTEP Luster Goodwin, UTEP Special Events Center (El Paso, Texas)
1986 UTEP 65-64 Wyoming Eric Leckner, Wyoming Arena-Auditorium (Laramie, Wyoming)
1987 Wyoming 64-62 New Mexico Eric Leckner, Wyoming The Pit (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
1988 Wyoming 79-75 UTEP Eric Leckner, Wyoming Marriott Center (Provo, Utah)
1989 UTEP 73-60 Colorado State Tim Hardaway, UTEP Jon M. Huntsman Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)
1990 UTEP 75-58 Hawaiʻi Greg Foster, UTEP Special Events Center (El Paso, Texas)
1991 BYU 51-49 Utah Shawn Bradley, BYU Arena-Auditorium (Laramie, Wyoming)
1992 BYU 73-71 UTEP Eddie Rivera, UTEP Moby Arena (Fort Collins, Colorado)
1993 New Mexico 76-65 UTEP Ike Williams, New Mexico Delta Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)
1994 Hawaiʻi 73-66 BYU Trevor Ruffin, Hawaiʻi Delta Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)
1995 Utah 67-54 Hawaii Keith Van Horn, Utah The Pit (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
1996 New Mexico 64-60 Utah Kenny Thomas, New Mexico The Pit (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
1997 Utah 89-68 TCU Keith Van Horn, Utah Thomas & Mack Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)
1998 UNLV 56-51 New Mexico Kenny Thomas, New Mexico Thomas & Mack Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)
1999 Utah 60-45 New Mexico Alex Jensen, Utah Thomas & Mack Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)
2000 Fresno State 75-72 Tulsa Courtney Alexander, Fresno State Selland Arena (Fresno, California)
2001 Hawaiʻi 78-72 Tulsa Carl English, Hawaiʻi Reynolds Center (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
2002 Hawaiʻi 73-59 Tulsa Predrag Savovic, Hawaiʻi Reynolds Center (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
2003 Tulsa 75-64 Nevada Kevin Johnson, Tulsa Reynolds Center (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
2004 Nevada 66-60 UTEP Kirk Snyder, Nevada Save Mart Center (Fresno, California)
2005 UTEP 91-78 Boise State Filiberto Rivera, UTEP Lawlor Events Center (Reno, Nevada)
2006 Nevada 70-63 Utah State Nick Fazekas, Nevada Lawlor Events Center (Reno, Nevada)
2007 New Mexico State 72-70 Utah State Justin Hawkins, New Mexico State Pan American Center (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
2008 Boise State 107-102 (3ot) New Mexico State Reggie Larry, Boise State Pan American Center (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
2009 Utah State 72-62 Nevada Gary Wilkinson, Utah State Lawlor Events Center (Reno, Nevada)
2010 New Mexico State 69-63 Utah State Jamhar Young, New Mexico State Lawlor Events Center (Reno, Nevada)
2011 Orleans Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)
2012 Orleans Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Performance By School[]

Member Winners Winning Years
¹UTEP
5
1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 2005
Hawaiʻi
3
1994, 2001, 2002
¹Utah
3
1995, 1997, 1999
Nevada
2
2004, 2006
¹Wyoming
2
1987, 1988
¹BYU
2
1991, 1992
¹New Mexico
2
1993, 1996
New Mexico State
2
2007, 2010
Utah State
1
2009
Boise State
1
2008
¹Tulsa
1
2003
Fresno State
1
2000
¹UNLV
1
1998
¹San Diego State
1
1985
TOTAL
27

¹no longer a conference member

Television coverage[]

  • WAC Tournament Finals broadcasters


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