Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, January 19
|UNLV at Utah State*||ESPN3||7 p.m. MT|
|Fresno State at San Diego State*||ESPNU||8 p.m. PT|
|Wednesday, January 20
|Colorado State at Air Force*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
|Nevada at Wyoming*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|San José State at Boise State*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, January 23
|Fresno State at Air Force*||ROOT SPORTS||Noon MT|
|Boise State at Wyoming*||ESPN3||2 p.m. MT|
|New Mexico at San José State*||MWN - Institutional||2 p.m. PT|
|Utah State at San Diego State*||CBS Sports Network||3 p.m. PT|
|UNLV at Nevada*||ESPNU||7 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (10-8, 1-4 MW)
- After winning four straight, including its Mountain West opener vs. San José State, Air Force has lost four in a row. The Falcons host Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 20, a series in which they’ve lost eight straight dating back to Feb. 26, 2011.
- Air Force has an 8-1 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. The Rams lead the Mountain West, averaging 81.1 points per contest and have been held to fewer than 70 points on three occasions (0-3).
- The Falcons are 8-2 at Clune Arena this season, the best opening home record since the 2011-12 season (9-1). The eight home wins are tied for the third-most in the Mountain West this season.
BOISE STATE (13-5, 4-1 MW)
- Boise State’s 10-game win streak and 17-game home win streak was snapped last Saturday as San Diego State defeated the Broncos 56-53. Boise State will look to return to winning ways with a home game on Wednesday, Jan. 20 vs. San José State.
- The Broncos have only lost back-to-back games once this season. On Nov. 27, they were defeated by No. 3 (AP ranking at the time) Michigan State and then beaten two days later by No. 11 (AP ranking at the time) Arizona.
- In five Mountain West games, Boise State forward James Webb III is averaging 19.2 points on 53.3 percent shooting and 9.6 rebounds. Since Conference play began three weeks ago, Webb III has won MW Player of the Week honors twice.
COLORADO STATE (10-8, 2-3 MW)
- Colorado State will travel across the state to take on rival Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The Rams have won eight in a row against the Falcons, dating back to Feb. 26, 2011. CSU has a 3-4 record away from Moby Arena this year.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks fifth nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 91.5. On the year, Gillon has connected on 75-of-82 from the charity stripe.
- In their last outing, the Rams allowed 96 points in a loss to Utah State (Jan. 16). The 96 points are the most allowed in a non-overtime game since Dec. 23, 2000 at Colorado. That game, the Buffs scored 109 points in a 23-point victory.
FRESNO STATE (12-6, 3-2 MW)
- The Bulldogs are coming off a victory over San José State. Fresno State will look to string together back-to-back Mountain West wins for the first time this season as it travels to San Diego State on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
- Fresno State’s 12-6 record is the best 18-game start since starting 13-5 in 2009-10. That year, the Bulldogs finished 22-10 and played in the NIT.
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring (352-19.6), assists (76-4.2), steals (30-1.7) and free throws made (94) and attempted (127). Harris currently ranks fourth in program history with 1,658 points and he is 32 points away from moving into third-place.
NEVADA (10-7, 2-3 MW)
- Nevada will be back on the court on Wednesday, Jan. 20 as they travel to Wyoming after having a bye last weekend. Wednesday will be the second meeting between the Wolf Pack and Cowboys. In the first meeting, the Conference opener for each institution, Nevada was victorious 71-68.
- Nevada ranks 10th in the nation in total blocks (110) and fifth in blocked shots per game (6.5). If the Wolf Pack keep up this pace, they would cement themselves in the Mountain West single-season blocked shots top 5. The program record is 192 set in 2007-08.
- Nevada freshman forward Cameron Oliver ranks 22nd nationally, averaging 2.53 blocks per game. This leads the Mountain West and is the second-best single-game average by a freshman nationally.
NEW MEXICO (10-8, 3-2 MW)
- New Mexico has dropped two consecutive games, losing to UNLV (86-74) and Wyoming (70-68). Last season, the Lobos dropped eight straight Conference games before ultimately finishing with a 7-11 MW record.
- The Lobos will look to get back into the win column after a midweek bye. UNM travels to San José State on Saturday, Jan. 23.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West with a field goal percentage of 58.7 percent. Williams is 122-for-208 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 percent from the field.
SAN DIEGO STATE (12-6, 5-0 MW)
- The Aztecs defeated Boise State last Saturday and now own sole possession of first place in the Mountain West. This is SDSU’s first 5-0 start in Mountain West play since 2013-14. That season, the Aztecs started 10-0 before falling at Wyoming. Overall, SDSU has won seven straight regular season league contests.
- San Diego State hosts Fresno State on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Aztecs have won five consecutive games at home against the Bulldogs.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.3 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks fourth nationally and first in the Mountain West. The Aztecs also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 60.1 points per contest, which ranks sixth.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (6-12, 1-5 MW)
- The Spartans are in search of their third MW victory all-time when they host Boise State on Wednesday, Jan. 20. San José State has lost seven straight to the Broncos, and the last victory came on Jan. 14, 2010 (76-74).
- Freshman forward Ryan Welage leads all Mountain West freshmen with 29 made 3-pointers this season. Welage is averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The 12.6 ppg are the second-most among MW freshmen, trailing only San Diego State’s Jeremy Hemsley (12.9).
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 286 assists and an average of 15.9 helpers per game. Last year, SJSU averaged 9.8 assists per contest.
UNLV (11-7, 2-3 MW)
- UNLV is 2-0 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico. Simon and the Rebels will look for their third straight victory on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Utah State. UNLV holds a 14-3 advantage over Utah State in Logan, and has won four of the last six meetings overall.
- The Rebels are averaging 16.44 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 16th nationally. In 18 games, they’ve registered 149 total steals, which ranks 21st in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 2.78 steals per contest and third with 50 total steals.
- In its last outing, UNLV defeated Air Force 100-64. The 36-point margin of victory is the highest in program history. The Rebels are averaging 77.3 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 (11-6, 3-3 MW)
- Utah State has won two games in a row, including a 96-92 road victory at Colorado State last Saturday. The 96 points are the most in a game by the Aggies since a 105-81 victory over Oakland on March 25, 2012 in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
- The Aggies will host UNLV on Tuesday, Jan. 19. They’ve only won three games at home over the Rebels and have lost four of the last six meetings overall.
- The Aggies are 10-0 on the season when leading at halftime, and 9-0 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, they are undefeated (7-0) when limiting their opponent to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (10-9, 3-3 MW)
- Wyoming will play two home games this week, beginning with Nevada on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The Cowboys lost the first meeting of the season against the Wolf Pack by three points (71-68).
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally, averaging 24.7 points per game and ranks third in total points (458). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 13 of the Cowboys 19 contests, including six games with at least 30. Adams is one of four players nationally to score 30-plus points at least six times.
- Wyoming has a 5-6 record this season in games decided by single digits. Only three defeats have been by double digits.