Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, February 2
|UNLV at New Mexico*||CBS Sports Network||6 p.m. MT|
|Wyoming at Air Force*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
|Utah State at Boise State*||ESPN3||7 p.m. MT|
|Colorado State at San Diego State*||ESPN2||8 p.m. PT|
|Wednesday, February 3
|Fresno State at San José State*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, February 6
|Boise State at Air Force*||ROOT SPORTS||Noon MT|
|New Mexico at San Diego State*||CBS Sports Network||1 p.m. PT|
|Nevada at Colorado State*||MWN - Campus Insiders||2 p.m. MT|
|Utah State at Wyoming*||ROOT SPORTS||4 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at Fresno State*||ESPN3||4 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (10-12, 1-8 MW)
- Air Force has lost eight straight games, its longest streak since the 2009-10 season (9). The Falcons will look to end the skid vs. Wyoming on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Air Force’s last victory came against San José State (64-57) on Jan. 2.
- Air Force has an 8-2 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. Wyoming averages 69.6 points per contest, and has only scored more than 70 points in 10 of its 23 contests this season.
- 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 (15-7, 6-3 MW)
- Boise State has lost two straight games and two of its last three contests at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos will look to get back on track with a home contest vs.
Utah State on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
- Boise State has won two in a row, and three of the last five meetings, against the Aggies. Utah State though holds a 30-11 advantage overall in the series.
- Senior guard Mikey Thompson leads the Mountain West in total assists (95) and assists per game (4.3). Thompson is on pace to become the first Bronco with at least 100 assists in a single season since Derrick Marks’ 122 during the 2012-13 season. Thompson needs 32 more assists to crack Boise State’s single-season top 10.
COLORADO STATE (12-9, 4-4 MW)
- Colorado State concludes a two-game road trip with a Tuesday, Feb. 2 contest at San Diego State, the current Mountain West leader. The Rams haven’t won at Viejas Arena since the 2002-03 season (12 losses).
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks third nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 90.9. On the year, Gillon has connected on 80-of-88 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 second in Conference, averaging 11.2 turnover per game. The Rams haven’t registered more than 10 giveaways in their last four games. San Diego State ranks ninth in the MW, forcing 11.86 turnovers.
FRESNO STATE (14-7, 5-3 MW)
- The Bulldogs, who have began Mountain West play 5-3 for the second straight season, take their two-game win streak on the road to San José State on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
- Fresno State is an undefeated 10-0 when holding its opponent to fewer than 70 points this season. The Bulldogs have won 15 in a row when allowing less than 70 points, a streak that dates back to Jan. 27, 2015 at San Diego State (58-47).
- Fresno State ranks 24th nationally and first in the Mountain West, pulling down 13.67 offensive rebounds per contest. Last year, the Bulldogs finished the season ranked 298th, averaging 8.94 offensive boards per game.
NEVADA (13-8, 5-4 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, which has a midweek bye, ranks fifth in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.1) and 10th in total blocks (128). 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 20th nationally, averaging 2.48 blocks per game. This leads the Mountain West and is the second-best single-game average by a freshman nationally.
NEW MEXICO (13-8, 6-2 MW)
- New Mexico, which has won three straight, will host UNLV on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Lobos lost to the Rebels less than a month ago in the first game under UNLV interim coach Todd Simon. UNLV leads the all-time series 32-21.
- The Lobos are 9-2 at home this season. Those two losses (Rice and Wyoming) came by three combined points. UNM lost 90-89 to Rice and 70-68 vs. Wyoming. UNM is winning in The Pit by an average of 19.7 points.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West with a field-goal percentage of 59.2 percent. Williams is 145-for-245 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 48.4 percent from the field.
SAN DIEGO STATE (16-6, 9-0 MW)
- The Aztecs are riding a nine-game win streak, which is sixth-longest nationally. San Diego State’s last loss came to Kansas, which was ranked #2/3 at the time, on Dec. 22, 2015. SDSU is off to its first 9-0 start in Mountain West play since 2013-14. That season, the Aztecs started 10-0 before falling at Wyoming. Overall, SDSU has won 11 straight regular season league contests.
- San Diego State hosts Colorado State on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Aztecs have won 12 straight at home over the Rams dating back to the 2002-03 season.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.1 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 59.5 points per contest, which ranks second.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (7-15, 2-8 MW)
- Last Saturday, San José State defeated Air Force to give the Spartans their second Mountain West victory of the year. The two Conference wins are the most in a single season since joining the MW. Overall, the Spartans have won three MW contests dating back to 2013.
- Freshman forward Cody Schwartz leads all Mountain West freshmen with 39 made 3-pointers this season. Schwartz’s freshman teammate Ryan Welage has connected on 38 of his 3-point attempts.
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 341 assists and an average of 15.5 helpers per game. The 15.5 assists are the most by a Spartans squad since the 1984-85 season (16.2).
UNLV (13-9, 4-5 MW)
- UNLV is 4-2 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico. The Rebels won that game 86-74 and now travel to Albuquerque for the rematch on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
- The Rebels are averaging 16.05 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 18th nationally. In 22 games, they’ve registered 182 total steals, which ranks 16th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally averaging 2.86 steals per contest, and second with 63 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 76.0 points per contest this season, which is fifth in the Mountain West and the most by a UNLV squad since 2001-02 (78.3).
UTAH STATE (11-9, 3-6 MW)
- Utah State travels to Boise State on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Aggies have dropped three straight games and six of their last eight contest overall. Against the Broncos, Utah State holds a 30-11 advantage, but has dropped the last two meetings.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 14 games.
- The Aggies are 10-1 on the year when leading at halftime, losing only to UNLV after establishing a one-point lead at half. USU is 9-1 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, it is undefeated (7-0) when limiting its opponents to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (11-12, 4-6 MW)
- Wyoming travels to Air Force for a Tuesday, Feb. 2 contest at Air Force. The Cowboys, who traveled to Colorado Springs on Sunday to avoid a winter storm, hold a 31-20 advantage at the Academy.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally, averaging 25.1 points per game. He also ranks second in total points (528). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 16 of the Cowboys 23 contests, including seven games with at least 30. Adams is 84 points shy of entering Wyoming’s top 10 for single season points (612 - Brandon Ewing in 2008-09).
- Wyoming has a 6-7 record this season in games decided by single digits. Only five defeats have been by double digits.