2014-15 Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Mar. 9

 

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2015 Mountain West Men's Basketball Championship
Wednesday, March 11 - First Round Broadcast Time
#8 New Mexico vs. #9 Air Force Mountain West Network Noon PT
#7 UNLV vs. #10 Nevada Mountain West Network 2:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 12 - Quarterfinals Broadcast Time
#1 Boise State vs. #8 New Mexico/#9 Air Force Winner CBS Sports Network Noon PT
#4 Wyoming vs. #5 Utah State CBS Sports Network 2:30 p.m. PT
#2 San Diego State vs. #7 UNLV/#10 Nevada Winner CBS Sports Network 6 p.m. PT
#3 Colorado State vs. #6 Fresno State CBS Sports Network 8:30 p.m. PT
Friday, March 13 - Semifinals Broadcast Time
Boise State-New Mexico/Air Force Winner vs. Wyoming/Utah State Winner CBS Sports Network 6 p.m. PT
San Diego State-UNLV/Nevada Winner vs. Colorado State/Fresno State Winner CBS Sports Network 8:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 14 - Championship Broadcast Time
Championship Game CBS 3 p.m. PT

 

2015 MW BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES

  • No. 1 seed Boise State is a combined 5-2 this season vs. teams on its side of the bracket, posting 2-0 records vs. Air Force and New Mexico, while going 1-1 vs. Utah State and dropping its only meeting with Wyoming.
  • No. 2 seed San Diego State holds a combined mark of 6-2 this season vs. the opponents on its side of the bracket, amassing 2-0 marks against Nevada and UNLV, while going 1-1 vs. Colorado State and Fresno State.
  • Only twice have MW regular-season co-champions met in the MW tournament finals (#1 BYU and #2 San Diego State in 2011; #1 San Diego State and #2 New Mexico in 2012). Both times, the No. 2 seed won the title.
  • Boise State enters the MW tournament as the top seed for the first time since joining the Conference in 2011-12. San Diego State has been a No. 2 seed only once before, winning the 2011 crown from that spot.
  • Three-time defending Mountain West tournament champion New Mexico enters the 2015 event riding a league-record nine-game win streak in MW tournament action.
  • New Mexico (2005, 2012, 2013, 2014) and San Diego State (2002, 2006, 2010, 2011) have won the most MW tournament titles with four apiece.
  • Overall, the MW tournament has produced six different champions in 15 years, with the current MW membership accounting for 12 of the 15 titles. UNLV (2000, 2007, 2008) joins New Mexico and San Diego State as the only current MW teams to have won multiple titles while Colorado State (2003) has captured one crown.
  • The top seed has made it to the MW tournament finals nine times in 15 years, posting a 3-6 record. UNLV entered the inaugural MW tournament as the top seed in 2000 and won the title. In 2006, San Diego State became the second No. 1 seed to claim the crown, while top-seeded New Mexico captured the 2013 championship.
  • Each of the top six seeds has won MW tournament titles. The No. 7 seed is the lowest seed ever to advance to the championship game.
  • Teams seeded No. 2 through No. 6 have all won tournament championships, while the No. 7 seed is 0-1 in title games.
  • The No. 2 seed has posted the best win percentage in MW tournament contests at 30-7 (.811), going 14-1 in quarterfinal games, 8-6 in semifinal contests and 8-0 in title matchups.
  • Only once has a No. 1 or 2 seed been knocked out in the quarterfinals, and both times, Air Force was the victim. In 2004, No. 8 seed Colorado State upset the top-seeded Falcons, 60-48. The 2006 MW tournament saw seventh-seeded Wyoming edge No. 2 seed Air Force, 57-55.
  • The most upset-prone matchup is the No. 3 vs. No. 6 contest, with the No. 6 seed coming out victorious in eight of the previous 15 meetings.
  • The top two seeds have met seven times in the MW tournament finals, with the No. 2 seed winning all seven meetings.
  • Overall, the MW tournament has produced six different champions in 15 years, with the current MW membership accounting for 12 of the 15 titles. UNLV (2000, 2007, 2008) joins New Mexico and San Diego State as the only current MW teams to have won multiple titles while Colorado State (2003) has captured one crown.
  • A Mountain West regular-season champion or co/tri-champion has made it to the finals of the tournament 11 times in 15 years, winning the crown seven times. New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV are the only three current MW members to have earned a MW regular-season title and tournament crown in the same year, while the Lobos (2013) and Aztecs (2006) are the only teams to capture the tournament title after winning the regular-season crown outright.

 

BRONCOS AND AZTECS SHARE MW REGULAR-SEASON CROWN

  • Boise State and San Diego State each claimed a share of the 2014-15 Mountain West regular-season crown with identical 14-4 records in Conference play.
  • This marks Boise State’s first MW regular-season title since joining the Conference in 2011-12. The Broncos are the first team in Mountain West history to claim a MW regular-season title after starting Conference play with an 0-3 mark.
  • San Diego State picks up its second-straight MW regular-season title and fifth overall. The Aztecs’ five MW regular-season crowns tie Utah for second-most in Conference history, trailing only BYU’s league record of six.
  • Boise State and San Diego State become the fifth duo to share a MW regular-season title (UNLV and Utah, 10-4 in 1999-00; BYU and Utah, 11-3 in 2002-03; BYU and San Diego State, 14-2 in 2010-11; New Mexico and San Diego State, 10-4 in 2011-12).
  • Only twice in the 16-year history of the Mountain West have more than two teams shared the regular-season crown. The 2000-01 season saw BYU, Utah and Wyoming named tri-champions after posting identical 10-4 marks in Conference play. BYU and Utah were also part of a three-way championship in 2008-09, joining New Mexico atop the final league standings with 12-4 marks.
  • No Mountain West regular-season champion has ever had more than four losses. The occurrence of four-loss champions has happened five times since the league’s inception in 1999-00 and each time, two or more teams shared the crown (UNLV and Utah, 10-4 in 1999-00; BYU, Utah and Wyoming, 10-4 in 2000-01; BYU, New Mexico and Utah, 12-4 in 2008-09; New Mexico and San Diego State, 10-4 in 2011-12; Boise State and San Diego State, 14-4 in 2014-15).

 

MOUNTAIN WEST IN NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • Mountain West regular-season co-champions Boise State and San Diego State both enter MW tournament action with No. 25 rankings in the national polls. The Broncos earned the first Top-25 ranking in program history with an appearance in this week’s Associated Press poll, while the Aztecs appeared in the USA Today Coaches’ poll for the fourth time in five weeks.
  • Boise State becomes the fourth MW team to spend time in the Associated Press poll in 2014-15, joining Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming. This marks the second time in three years that four different MW squads have been ranked in one or both of the AP or Coaches’ polls at some point during the season. It is also the fifth time in six years that at least three different MW teams have been ranked.