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Quarterfinal opponents at MW Tournament set for Nevada men and women

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Nevada and Boise State will face off in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

Nevada's game Friday night against Colorado State will have zero impact on the Wolf Pack's seed or foe at next week's Mountain West Tournament.

Utah State's win over Wyoming on Thursday locked the Wolf Pack into a quarterfinal round game with Boise State. Nevada (14-9, 9-7 MW) will serve as the No. 5 seed while Boise State (18-7, 14-6) will be the fourth seed. The game will be played Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The winner of that game advances to face the winner of the No. 1 San Diego State vs. No. 8 Wyoming/No. 9 San Jose State game.

Nevada swept the season series against Boise State with both games coming at Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack won game one, 74-72, after Grant Sherfield hit a step-back jumper with 3 seconds remaining. Boise State got a good look to win the game but Marcus Shaver's 3-pointer went in and out as Nevada prevailed. Game two also was a close one before the Wolf Pack pulled away late, scoring a 73-62 victory. The Wolf Pack led by five points with 1:36 remaining before scoring the game's final six points.

Since moving to the MW in 2011, Boise State is only 5-9 in the conference tournament with only three semifinal berths (2014, 2015, 2020) and zero championship game appearances. The Broncos are on the NCAA Tournament bubble and will need a win over Nevada to keep that bubble from bursting. Boise State has lost three straight games entering the postseason. Nevada was upset in the quarterfinals of last season's tournament by No. 11 seed Wyoming.

On the women's side, Nevada will be the No. 5 seed after completing a sweep at Air Force on Thursday. The Wolf Pack (13-8, 9-7 MW) leapfrogged idle Boise State (13-8, 10-8) despite both teams being two games above .500 due to its better winning percentage. Nevada will play No. 4 seed Fresno State on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack. The Bulldogs (14-9, 12-6) were the preseason favorite to win the MW. Despite its six league losses, five came by one possession. Fresno State swept Nevada at home earlier this season, winning by scores of 78-70 and 75-61.

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