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WAC going to Vegas for postseason basketball tournaments

LAS VEGAS - The Western Athletic Conference is indeed moving its postseason basketball tournaments - both men's and women's - to Las Vegas beginning in 2011.

WAC Commissioner Karl Benson made the official Wednesday morning from the Orleans Arena, citing unanimous support from the conference's coaches.

"I think it's a tremendous day for the WAC, as the WAC returns to Las Vegas, site of the 1997-1999 tournaments where we experienced a great deal of success."

The move marks the first time since 1994 that the WAC tournament will be held on a neutral suite.  The conference joins the Mountain West and West Coast Conferences, which also hold their postseason tournaments at the Orleans Arena.  The WAC and the MWC will hold their respective tournaments at the same time.  Utah State head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill said that wouldn't create any problems, however.

"I think our WAC tournament will be fine, attracting the fans from al the teams - and a certain local element as well," Morrill said.

Holding a postseason tournament on a neutral site was something coaches in the conference have been demanding for several years.  Before, the WAC has held its tournament at the E Center in Salt Lake City, a short 45-minute drive from Logan, home to Utah State University.

"A neutral site was critical to men's and women's coaches, and this demonstrates an opportunity for the WAC to establish itself as a conference that's added the neutral site piece, and at the same time taking it to a city that's such a great destination," said Benson.

Whether the Orleans casino sports book will accept wagers on the WAC tournament games has yet to be decided. 

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