Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, January 26
|Wyoming at Fresno State*||ESPN3||7 p.m. PT|
|San Diego State at Nevada*||ESPNU||8 p.m. PT|
|Wednesday, January 27
|Air Force at New Mexico*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
|San José State at Colorado State*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|Boise State at UNLV*||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, January 30
|Air Force at San José State*||MWN - Institutional||2 p.m. PT|
|New Mexico at Boise State*||ESPN3||3 p.m. MT|
|Colorado State at Wyoming*||ROOT SPORTS||4 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at UNLV*||CBS Sports Network||5 p.m. PT|
|Nevada at Utah State*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (10-8, 1-4 MW)
- The Falcons have lost six straight games and their last victory came on Jan. 2 vs. San José State (64-57). Air Force will look to end the slide on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at New Mexico. AFA has won two in a row over the Lobos but UNM has won 15 of the last 18 contests.
- Air Force has an 8-2 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. New Mexico averages 77.1 points per contest and has been held to fewer than 70 points on four occasions (0-4).
- In games decided by seven points or fewer this season, the Falcons are 6-3. The three losses were at Southern Illinois (77-75) in the season opener, vs. Colorado State (83-79) on Jan. 20 and vs. Fresno State (56-55) on Jan. 23.
BOISE STATE (15-5, 6-1 MW)
- Boise State puts its six-game road Conference win streak on the line, as the Broncos travel to UNLV on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The last road loss in Mountain West play that BSU suffered was on Feb. 14, 2015 at Fresno State (70-64).
- Boise State senior Anthony Drmic has started 118 games, which is tied for the program record with Chris Childs (1985-89). Drmic will set the Boise State record if he starts at UNLV (Jan. 27).
- At 15-5, Boise State is off to its best 20-game start to a season since 2007-08 (15-5). That year, the Broncos finished 25-9 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
COLORADO STATE (11-8, 3-3 MW)
- Coming off a bye on Saturday, the Rams will return to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 27 vs. San José State. CSU has won all 11 contests vs. the Spartans.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks second 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. The Rams haven’t had a player shoot better than 90 percent from the free throw line since 2001 (John Sivesind - .908).
- All six of Colorado State’s Mountain West contests have been decided by seven points or fewer. Additionally, all have gone into the final minute of play within one possession.
FRESNO STATE (13-7, 4-3 MW)
- The Bulldogs, who host Wyoming on Tuesday, Jan. 26, are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since the end of December 2015. Fresno State defeated Pacific Union on Dec. 27 and then won its Mountain West opener at UNLV on Dec. 30.
- Fresno State’s 13-7 record is the best 20-game start since starting 14-6 in 2006-07. That year, the Bulldogs finished 23-10 and played in the NIT.
- Fresno State ranks 24th nationally and first in the Mountain West, pulling down 13.75 offensive rebounds per contest. Last year, the Bulldogs finished the season ranked 298th, averaging 8.94 offensive boards per game.
NEVADA (12-7, 4-3 MW)
- Nevada, winner of two straight, will host San Diego State on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The Wolf Pack have dropped two in a row at home to the Aztecs.
- Nevada ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.4) and eighth in total blocks (122). 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 19th nationally, averaging 2.47 blocks per game. This leads the Mountain West and is the second-best single-game average by a freshman nationally.
NEW MEXICO (11-8, 4-2 MW)
- New Mexico hosts Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Lobos have dropped two consecutive games to the Falcons, but have won 15 of the last 18 contests in the series.
- The Lobos are 8-2 at home this season, and those two losses (Rice and Wyoming) came by three combined points. UNM lost 90-89 to Rice and 70-68 vs. Wyoming.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West with a field-goal percentage of 58.1 percent. Williams is 132-for-237 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 47.4 percent from the field.
SAN DIEGO STATE (14-6, 7-0 MW)
- The Aztecs defeated Utah State last Saturday and are off to their first 7-0 start in Mountain West play since 2013-14. That season, the Aztecs started 10-0 before falling at Wyoming. Overall, SDSU has won nine straight regular season league contests.
- San Diego State travels to Reno to take on Nevada on Tuesday, Jan. 26. A victory vs. the Wolf Pack would give the Aztecs seven straight Conference road wins, which would tie a MW record (2010 New Mexico & 2004-05 Utah).
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.5 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks second nationally and first in the Mountain West. The Aztecs also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 60.2 points per contest, which ranks fifth.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (6-14, 1-7 MW)
- The Spartans are in search of their third MW victory all-time when they play Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 27. San José State has lost all 11 meetings vs. the Rams.
- Freshman forward Ryan Welage leads all Mountain West freshmen with 38 made 3-pointers this season. Welage is averaging 12.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The 12.7 ppg are the second-most among MW freshmen, trailing only San Diego State’s Jeremy Hemsley (13.1).
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 313 assists and an average of 15.7 helpers per game. Last year, SJSU averaged 9.8 assists per contest.
UNLV (12-8, 3-4 MW)
- UNLV is 3-1 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico. Simon and the Rebels host Boise State on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Rebels have only lost at home one time to the Broncos (Feb. 18, 2015).
- The Rebels are averaging 16.15 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 19th nationally. In 20 games, they’ve registered 163 total steals, which ranks 22nd in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 2.9 steals per contest and second with 58 total steals.
- The Rebels are averaging 76.7 points per contest this season, which is fifth in the Mountain West but the most by a UNLV squad since 2001-02 (78.3).
UTAH STATE (11-8, 3-5 MW)
- Utah State has a midweek bye before hosting Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 30.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 14 games, including twice last week against UNLV and San Diego State.
- The Aggies are 10-1 on the season when leading at halftime, losing to UNLV last week after establishing a one-point lead at half. USU is 9-0 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, they are undefeated (7-0) when limiting their opponent to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (10-11, 3-5 MW)
- Wyoming travels to Fresno State on Tuesday, Jan. 26 where it is 1-9. However, they earned a triple overtime victory in Fresno last season (70-65), one of six triple OT games in Conference history.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally, averaging 24.6 points per game and ranks third in total points (468). 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 5-7 record this season in games decided by single digits. Only four defeats have been by double digits.