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2012 MWC Baseball Tournament: TCU, New Mexico Are The Favorites

The Big 12 Mountain West tournament begins on Thursday in Las Vegas, and the top seed went to TCU.

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The 2012 Mountain West baseball tournament gets underway in Las Vegas Thursday night with the top four team from the Mountain West. New Mexico and TCU are the top two seeds and both teams split their games at three games apiece and had the same record in league play, but New Mexico earned the top seed after going through the tie breaker process.

TCU's first game is against No. 3 seeded San Diego State and during the regular season the Horned Frogs went 4-2 against the Aztecs.

With TCU's pitching strength they have to be the favorite to win the Mountain West tournament despite splitting the season series with new New Mexico this season. Look for the final to be between TCU and New Mexico.

Here is th tournament schedule (all times central):

2012 Mountain West Conference Tournament
Game 1 5/24 4:00 PM San Diego State (#3)
TCU (#2) TV: The Mtn.
Game 2 5/24 8:00 PM UNLV (#4)
New Mexico (#1) TV: The Mtn.
Game 3 5/25 4:00 PM Loser, Game 1
Loser, Game 2 TV: The Mtn.
Game 4 5/25 4:00 PM Winner, Game 1
Winner, Game 2 TV: The Mtn./CBS Sports Network
Game 5 5/26 8:00 PM Winner, Game 3
Loser, Game 4 TV: The Mtn.
Game 6 5/26 8:00 PM Winner, Game 4
Winner, Game 5 TV: The Mtn./CBS Sports Network
Game 7 (If Necessary) 5/27 2:00 PM Winner, Game 4
Winner, Game 5 TV: The Mtn.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Dallas for 2012 Mountain West Conference baseball tournament updates.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.