Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, February 9
|New Mexico at Utah State*||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. MT|
|Wednesday, February 10
|Air Force vs. Nevada*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. PT|
|San José State at UNLV*||ESPN3||7 p.m. PT|
|Boise State at Colorado State*||ESPN3||7 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at Fresno State*||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, February 13
|Wyoming at Boise State*||CBS Sports Network||2 p.m. MT|
|Fresno State at Nevada*||MWN - Institutional||4 p.m. PT|
|San José State at New Mexico*||ROOT SPORTS||4 p.m. MT|
|Air Force at San Diego State*||CBS Sports Network||7 p.m. PT|
|Colorado State at UNLV*||ESPNU||7 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (12-12, 3-8 MW)
- Air Force has strung together a pair of Mountain West wins after dropping eight in a row from Jan. 6 to Jan. 30. The Falcons will look to build off of home wins vs. Wyoming (70-62) and Boise State (61-53) with a road contest at Nevada on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
- Air Force has a 10-2 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points, including 2-0 last week. Nevada is averaging 76.4 points per contest.
- Falcons forward Hayden Graham is averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. At this clip, Graham will be the first Air Force player to finish the season with an average of at least 10 points and five boards since Jacob Burtschi, who poured in 13.5 points and grabbed six boards per contest in 2006-07.
BOISE STATE (16-8, 7-4 MW)
- Boise State is in the midst of a two-game road trip through the state of Colorado. Last Saturday the Broncos were defeated by Air Force (61-53). Boise State will look to get back on the winning track at Colorado State on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Broncos beat the Rams on Jan. 2, 2016 to open Conference play (84-80).
- Boise State has won two in a row, and four of the last five meetings, against the Rams. Colorado State though holds an 8-7 advantage overall in the series.
- Junior forward James Webb III leads the Mountain West and ranks 29th nationally with 220 total rebounds. Webb III has a chance to eclipse 300 rebounds this season, which would make him the fourth Bronco to accomplish this feat.
COLORADO STATE (13-10, 5-5 MW)
- Colorado State hosts Boise State on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Rams have lost four of the last five meetings against the Broncos, but have a 7-1 record at Moby Arena vs. Boise State.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks fifth nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 90.0. On the year, Gillon has connected on 90-of-100 from the charity stripe. The Rams haven’t had a player shoot better than 90 percent from the free throw line since 2001 (John Sivesind - .908).
- CSU ranks first in the Mountain West, averaging 11.3 turnover per game. Boise State ranks third in Conference, forcing 14.5 turnovers per game. The Rams haven’t had at least 14 turnovers in a game since Jan. 13 vs. San Diego State (14), which has one of the best defensive units in the nation.
FRESNO STATE (15-8, 6-4 MW)
- Fresno State hosts San Diego State on Wednesday, Feb. 10. In the last meeting between the Bulldogs and Aztecs on Jan. 19, Bulldog senior Cezar Guerrero forced overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Aztecs went on to earn a 73-67 win.
- The Bulldogs are 10-1 when holding its opponent to fewer than 70 points this season. A 65-53 loss at San José State on Feb. 3 snapped the Bulldogs’ 15-game win streak when allowing less than 70 points, a streak that dated back to Jan. 27, 2015 at San Diego State (58-47).
- Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks 14th nationally with a turnover margin of +3.4. This is the best turnover margin by a Bulldogs squad since 2011-12 (+3.6).
NEVADA (13-9, 5-5 MW)
- In his first season as head coach of Nevada, Eric Musselman has led the Wolf Pack to a 7-2 home record. This is the most home victories since the 2012-13 season (10). Nevada has a chance to improve on its home record with two games at the Lawlor Event Center this week against Air Force (Feb. 10) and Fresno State (Feb. 13).
- Nevada ranks sixth in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.1) and 13th in total blocks (134). The program record is 192 set in 2007-08.
- Nevada freshman forward Cameron Oliver ranks 17th nationally, averaging 2.5 blocks per game and 20th with 55 total blocks. He leads the Mountain West in both categories and is the second-best by a freshman nationally.
NEW MEXICO (14-9, 7-3 MW)
- New Mexico travels to Utah State on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The Aggies are 5-2 at home against the Lobos, but UNM has won two straight in Logan. Overall, Utah State leads the series 20-8.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West with a field-goal percentage of 59.3 percent. Williams is 163-for-275 from the field this season. In Lobo history, only seven players have finished the season shooting higher than 60 percent. As a team, New Mexico leads the Mountain West, shooting 47.5 percent from the field.
- In Mountain West action, the Lobos are averaging 79.7 points per game. This is the highest scoring average UNM has recorded in Conference play. The previous best was 77.6 during the 1999-2000 season.
SAN DIEGO STATE (18-6, 11-0 MW)
- The Aztecs are riding an 11-game win streak, which is second-longest nationally behind Stony Brook (15). San Diego State’s last loss came to Kansas, which was ranked #2/3 at the time, on Dec. 22, 2015. SDSU’s 11-0 start in Mountain West play is the best in league history. SDSU has won 13 straight regular season league contests, a program record.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.3 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks first nationally. The Aztecs also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 60.3 points per contest, which ranks sixth.
- San Diego State hosts Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Aztecs have won 10 of the last 11 contests against the Bulldogs.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (8-15, 3-8 MW)
- San José State has won back-to-back Mountain West games for the first time in program history. The last time the Spartans won consecutive league games was December of 2012 as a member of the WAC. SJSU will look for its first road MW victory as it takes on UNLV on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
- Freshman forward Cody Schwartz leads all Mountain West freshmen with 42 made 3-pointers this season. Schwartz’s freshman teammate Ryan Welage has connected on 38 of his 3-point attempts.
- The Spartans are tied for the Mountain West lead with an average of 15.3 assists per game. They’ve tallied 353 helpers in total. The 15.3 assists are the most by a Spartans squad since the 1984-85 season (16.2).
UNLV (13-11, 4-7 MW)
- UNLV is 4-4 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico, and has lost three straight. The Rebels have a pair of home contests this week, playing San José State (Feb.10) and Colorado State (Feb. 13).
- The Rebels are averaging 15.58 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 24th nationally. In 24 games, they’ve registered 195 total steals, which ranks 16th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging 2.67 steals per contest, and third with 64 total steals. The MW sophomore record for steals in a single season is 65 (UNLV’s Wink Adams in 2005-06).
- The Rebels are averaging 77.5 points per contest this season, which is third in the Mountain West and the most by a UNLV squad since 2001-02 (78.3).
UTAH STATE (11-11, 3-8 MW)
- Utah State, which is on a five-game losing streak (longest since 2013-14) plays one game this week, hosting New Mexico on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The Aggies hold a 20-8 overall advantage in the series and a 5-2 record at home. However, the Lobos have won two straight in Logan.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 16 games, compiling a 10-6 record.
- The Aggies are 10-2 on the year when leading at halftime, losing only to UNLV and Boise State. USU is 9-2 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, it is undefeated (7-0) when limiting its opponents to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (12-13, 5-7 MW)
- Wyoming has a midweek bye before traveling to Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 13.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally, averaging 24.7 points per game. He also ranks third in total points (567). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 17 of the Cowboys 25 contests, including seven games with at least 30. Adams is 45 points shy of entering Wyoming’s top 10 for single season points (612 - Brandon Ewing in 2008-09).
- On Feb. 6 vs. Utah State, the Cowboys connected on 20 3-point field goals, tying a Mountain West record (New Mexico vs. Santa Clara on Nov. 13, 2004).