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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Thursday, November 19 Broadcast Time
Boise State at #12/10 Arizona
Pac-12 Network
6:30 p.m. MT
Mississippi Valley State at Air Force
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
New Mexico Highlands at Wyoming
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Loyola Marymount at Colorado State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
2015 Roundball Showcase (campus sites)
   San Francisco at Fresno State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
Friday, November 20 Broadcast Time
Union (Tenn.) at Utah State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
San José State at Montana State

8 p.m. MT
Saturday, November 21 Broadcast Time
Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational (San Diego, California)
   Little Rock at San Diego
Fox Sports San Diego/MWN
1 p.m. PT
Nevada at Pacific
TheW.tv/Campus Insiders
7 p.m. PT
New Mexico at USC
Pac-12 Networks
7:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, November 22 Broadcast Time
Robert Morris at Air Force
MWN - Institutional
2 p.m. MT
Wyoming vs. Montana State

2 p.m. MT
Oakland at Colorado State
MWN - Institutional
2 p.m. MT
2015 Roundball Showcase (campus sites)
   Fresno State at Rice

5 p.m. CT


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AIR FORCE (1-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Air Force plays two games to end the week (vs. Mississippi Valley State and Robert Morris) in the Air Force Classic, which is an exempt event. The Falcons began play in the Classic with an 80-70 victory over Tennessee Tech. They will play New Mexico State on Nov. 28 to conclude the event.
  • Since the inception of the Mountain West, Air Force has a 96-23 home record against nonconference foes. AFA has won nine of its last 10 nonconference home games, with the lone loss coming last December vs. UC Davis (81-75).
  • As of Nov. 19, opponents are only connecting on 24.5 percent of their three point attempts this season, which is second-lowest in the MW. This figure is down from 37.1-percent last season.

BOISE STATE (1-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic has opened the season with back-to-back 20-point performances. Drmic poured in 23 points in the opener at Montana and followed it up with 22 vs. Northern Arizona.
  • The Broncos go on the road to #12/10 Arizona, searching for their third win over an Associated Press Top 25 team under head coach Leon Rice. Boise State defeated #24/22 San Diego State (56-46) on Feb. 28, 2015 and #11/11 Creighton (83-70) on Nov. 28, 2012. The Broncos have only won three road games vs. ranked opponents in program history.
  • Boise State hasn’t defeated a Pac-12 team on the road since Dec. 20, 2003, when it won 82-80 at Oregon State.

COLORADO STATE (1-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Colorado State has led the Mountain West in scoring two of the last three years. Last season, the Rams scored a total of 2,454 points in 34 games (72.2) and in 2012-13 they poured in 2,553 in 35 contests (72.9). In game one, the Rams scored 84 points.
  • The Rams have won 35 consecutive home openers dating back to 1981. Their last home-opening loss was on Dec. 8, 1980 vs. Oklahoma State (79-64).
  • Colorado State has won 17 straight regular-season nonconference contests. Its last loss was suffered on Dec. 11, 2013 vs. Denver (80-70).

FRESNO STATE (2-0, 0-0 MW)

  • A victory in the 2015 Roundball Showcase vs. San Francisco will give Fresno State its first 3-0 start since the 2006-07 season. That year, the Bulldogs won seven in a row to open the season, before suffering a loss at UC Santa Barbara.
  • Senior guard Marvelle Harris has scored at least 10 points in 29 straight regular season games, and in 31 of the Bulldogs’ last 34 contests. Harris is averaging  21 points per game to begin the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Fresno State is 13-3 at the Save Mart Center since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. The Bulldogs have won four consecutive games at home with the last home defeat coming on Feb. 18, 2015 vs. Colorado State (81-73).

NEVADA (2-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Nevada, who has yet to play at home this season, remains on the road for its fourth game at Pacific. The Wolf Pack began the year in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pacific has won seven of its last eight contests against the Pack. The Wolf Pack’s lone victory in that span came in 2011 (78-54).
  • As of Nov. 19, the Wolf Pack defense has swatted 21 shots, which is tied for fifth nationally and tied for first in the Mountain West with San Diego State. Purdue leads the nation with 25 blocks.
  • Entering Thursday (Nov. 19), senior guard Marqueze Coleman leads the country in free throws made (33) and free throws attempted (40). Coleman also ranks fourth among all D-I players with 68 total points scored.

NEW MEXICO (3-0, 0-0 MW)

  • New Mexico hasn’t started 4-0 since the 2012-13 season when it rattled off 12 consecutive wins to begin the campaign.
  • USC has a 4-1 record at home against New Mexico. The last road victory the Lobos earned over the Trojans was in 2012 (44-41). This also represents the last UNM road victory over a Pac-12 opponent.
  • As of Nov. 19, the Lobos rank 13th nationally with a 54.7 field goal percentage. Among teams that have played at least three games, New Mexico ranks first. The 54.7 percentage ranks second in the Mountain West, trailing Boise State (55.5).

SAN DIEGO STATE (2-1, 0-0 MW)

  • The Aztecs end the week with a home game vs. Little Rock in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. San Diego State will play two home games in the event before travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to take on California and then either West Virginia or Richmond.
  • SDSU has rattled off 15 straight nonconference home victories. Its last home loss against an institution outside of the Mountain West was on Nov. 14, 2013 vs. #6/5 Arizona (69-60).
  • Senior forward Skylar Spencer holds the program record for career blocks with 235. He is nine blocked shots shy of the Mountain West record, which is held by Wyoming’s Justin Williams (244), who played from 2004-06.

SAN JOSÉ STATE (1-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Defeated Montana at home on Nov. 16 (64-61), snapping the nation’s longest losing streak vs. DI opponents (34), overall losing streak (21) and home losing streak (12). Prior to this victory, the Spartans last win came on Dec. 9, 2014 vs. Saint Katherine (74-63).
  • On Friday, the Spartans travel to Bozeman, Montana to take on Montana State. A victory would give SJSU back-to-back wins for the first time since December  2013 and would snap a 14-game road losing streak, the seventh-longest streak nationally.
  • Freshman forward Ryan Welage is the first Spartan to post back-to-back double-doubles since Chris Cunningham did so on Feb. 12 and 15 in 2014.

UNLV (3-0, 0-0 MW)

  • The Rebels have five days until their next game vs. UCLA in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. They will either face Kansas or Chaminade in the second contest of the prestigious event.
  • The Rebels have connected on at least one 3-pointer in 944 consecutive games, a NCAA record. The last game UNLV did not make a 3-pointer was vs. Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.
  • UNLV has dished 58 assists in three games to open the season, a figure that ranks 14th nationally and first in the Mountain West. The Rebels rank 17th in the NCAA with 27 total steals. In the MW, they are second with a 5.3 turnover margin.

UTAH STATE (2-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Utah State longtime assistant coach Tim Duryea, who has been with the program for 14 seasons, takes over as head coach of the Aggies after Stew Morrill retired at the end of 2014-15. This is Duryea’s first head coaching job at the top collegiate level.
  • Utah State face D-II opponent Union (Tenn.) on Friday evening. The Aggies hold a 34-5 all-time record against D-II opponents.
  • After only outrebounding six opponents last season, the Aggies hold a plus-nine advantage on the glass and have outrebounded both opponents this season. Another big improvement in 2015-16 is the Utah State bench production. The Aggies are getting 30.5 points per game from their bench.

WYOMING (1-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Wyoming’s season-opener vs. Bristol (an NCAA noncountable opponent) will count in the win column but individual and team statistics will not be recorded.
  • A victory over New Mexico Highlands on Nov. 19 would give the Cowboys 14 consecutive nonconference home wins, which would be the ninth-longest streak in program history. Wyoming’s last nonconference home defeat was on Dec. 20, 2013 vs. SMU (62-54).
  • At home in November and December, Wyoming has a 44-1 record under head coach Larry Shyatt. Overall under Shyatt in those two months, the Cowboys are 54-11.