Southern Utah Is Favorite in American West

The four-team American West Conference will begin its basketball tournament at Southern Utah today with nowhere to go but home when it ends. The American West is among four conferences that do not receive automatic invitations to the Division I NCAA tournament.

Champion Southern Utah, in fact, may not even get a NIT spot due to a mediocre overall record.

In first-round games today, Cal State Northridge (7-19, 4-2) meets Cal State Sacramento (6-20, 2-4) at 2 p.m. and Southern Utah (15-11, 6-0) plays Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1-25, 0-6) at 7 p.m.

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