Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Monday, November 30
|Fresno State at #15/16 Oregon
||5 p.m. PT
|Holy Names at Nevada
||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT
|Tuesday, December 1
|Oral Roberts at New Mexico
||ROOT SPORTS/MWN||7 p.m. MT
|San Diego State at Long Beach State
||Prime Ticket||7:30 p.m. PT
|Utah State at Missouri State
||7 p.m. CT
|Wednesday, December 2
|The Citadel at Air Force
||MWN - Institutional
||7 p.m. MT|
|Wyoming at Denver||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
|Willamette at Boise State||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|Antelope Valley at San José State||MWN - Institutional
||7 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (4-2, 0-0 MW)
- Air Force looks to run its home win streak to five in a row with a Dec. 2 showdown vs. The Citadel (5-2). This is the Falcons longest home win streak since the end of the 2013-14 season and beginning of the 2014-15 campaign, when they won six straight. This is the second consecutive season the Falcons have opened with a 4-0 home mark.
- The Falcons have used five different starting lineups in the six games they’ve played this season. Forward Hayden Graham, guard Zach Kocur and guard Trevor Lyons are the only players to start all six contests.
- Since the inception of the Mountain West, Air Force has a 99-23 home record against nonconference foes. AFA has won 14 of its last 15 nonconference home games, with the lone loss coming last December vs. UC Davis (81-75).
BOISE STATE (3-4, 0-0 MW)
- Three of Boise State’s four losses have come against teams that are ranked in the top 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Broncos have lost twice to #19 Arizona and to #3 Michigan State. This is the first time in program history that Boise State has faced three ranked nonconference opponents in the same regular season.
- Dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, the Broncos have compiled a 36-1 record when registering more than 15 assists in a game.
- Boise State has won 10 straight home contests. The Broncos last defeat at Taco Bell Arena was Jan. 3, 2015 vs. Utah State (62-61). This is the longest home win streak in the Mountain West.
COLORADO STATE (5-1, 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). Through six games, the Rams are averaging 91.7 points, which is first in the MW.
- In their last outing vs. UTEP, the Rams pulled down 73 total rebounds. This is the most by a Division I team this season and the most by a D-I team since at least 2011-12.
- Senior guard Gian Clavell is playing 39:10 minutes per game, a figure that is tied for first nationally with NC State’s Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber. Clavell played 44 minutes in the Rams’ double OT contest vs. UTEP.
FRESNO STATE (5-0, 0-0 MW)
- Fresno State is 5-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season when the Bulldogs won seven in a row to open the season. They were eventually knocked off by UC Santa Barbara.
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris has scored at least 10 points in 32 straight regular season games, and in 34 of the Bulldogs’ last 37 contests. Harris is averaging 20.2 points per game to begin the 2015-16 campaign.
- The Bulldogs open the week with a road contest at #15/16 Oregon. Fresno State is searching for its first road win over a nationally ranked team since Feb. 24, 2000 (Tulsa, 73-72).
NEVADA (4-2, 0-0 MW)
- Senior guard Marqueze Coleman has scored in double figures in five of the Wolf Pack’s six games this season. He is averaging 21.3 points per contest, which ranks second in the Mountain West and 24th nationally.
- Nevada ranks second nationally, averaging 7.0 blocks per game. The Wolf Pack’s 42 total blocks ranks fifth among all Division I teams. Cameron Oliver (2.3) and AJ West (1.5) rank first and fifth in the MW, respectively.
- A victory over Holy Names on Monday evening will give the Wolf Pack five wins in their first seven games, which would be their best start since 2006-07. That season, Nevada won seven games to open the season.
NEW MEXICO (4-1, 0-0 MW)
- The Lobos have won five consecutive games in The Pit and will look to run the streak up to six with a Dec. 1 contest vs. Oral Roberts (6-1). UNM was last defeated at home on Feb. 21, 2015 by UNLV (76-68).
- For the second time in three years, head coach Craig Neal has opened the season with a 4-1 record. The Lobos were 4-1 in 2013, Neal’s first season, before finishing the year 27-7.
- Last season, the Lobos averaged 62 points per game, but this year, with the new 30-second shot clock, UNM is pouring in 80.2 points. That 18.2-point increase is second-best in the Conference.
SAN DIEGO STATE (4-3, 0-0 MW)
- Senior forward Skylar Spencer holds the program record for career blocks with 244, which is tied with Wyoming’s Justin Williams (244), who played from 2004-06, for the Mountain West record. One rejection will give Spencer the Conference record outright.
- The Aztecs, who were defeated by nationally-ranked West Virginia, have won 21 straight games following a loss, an active streak that leads the nation.
- San Diego State takes on Long Beach State on Dec. 1. The Aztecs have a 51-1 record in their last 52 games vs. institutions from California and have won 43 straight nonconference showdowns vs. California teams. SDSU has won three consecutive games vs. LBSU.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (3-3, 0-0 MW)
- The Spartans have won back-to-back games for the first time since December of 2013. That season, SJSU won four straight games from Dec. 7 to Dec. 28.
- SJSU poured in a season-best 91 points in a road victory at Alaska-Anchorage. This is the most points in a single game by a Spartans squad since Nov. 20, 2012. On that day, they scored 94 points in a victory against UC Santa Cruz.
- Senior forward Frank Rogers earned all-tournament honors at the Great Alaska Shootout last weekend, averaging 22 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Rogers record back-to-back double-doubles vs. San Diego (Nov. 27) and at Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 28).
UNLV (6-1, 0-0 MW)
- The Rebels rank ninth nationally with 192 free throw attempts. On average, they are getting to the line 32 times per contest.
- UNLV also ranks in the top 10 nationally in: third in total blocks (43), fifth in total steals (73) and ninth in steals per game (10.4).
- Sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks seventh among all Division I players with a 3.29 steals per game average. McCaw is the youngest player in the top 8.
UTAH STATE (4-1, 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.
- The Aggies travel to Missouri State on Dec. 1 for a meeting in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge Series. Currently, the MW holds a 3-2 advantage in the Challenge. This will be the first meeting between these two institutions.
- Senior guard Chris Smith has scored in double figures in all five games this season. Smith, who is averaging 16 points per contest, is shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 52.2 from beyond the arc.
WYOMING (4-2, 0-0 MW)
- At home in November and December, Wyoming has a 47-1 record under head coach Larry Shyatt. Overall under Shyatt in those two months, the Cowboys are 56-12.
- In three games this season, Wyoming has shot better than 50 percent from the field. On the year, the Cowboys are shooting 47 percent, which ranks third in the Mountain West.
- Senior guard Josh Adams has poured in at least 20 points in four consecutive games. Adams leads the Conference averaging 24.6 points per contest and ranks fifth in the nation.