Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Friday, December 18
|Grand Canyon at San Diego State
||MWN - Campus Insiders||7 p.m. PT
|Santa Clara at Nevada
||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT
|Saturday, December 19
|Omaha at Wyoming
||MWN - Institutional
|Air Force at UC Davis||2 p.m. PT|
|Rice at New Mexico||ROOT SPORTS||6 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at #13/12 Arizona||ESPN||7:30 p.m. MT|
|Colorado State vs. Kansas State||ESPN3||3 p.m. CT|
|Sunday, December 20
|Bradley at Boise State
||ROOT SPORTS||Noon MT|
|Evansville at Fresno State||MWN - Institutional||1 p.m. PT|
|San José State at Seattle||WAC Digital Network||6 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (6-4, 0-0 MW)
- The Falcons have played in five games decided by four points or fewer this season. In those contests, Air Force has compiled a 4-1 record. The lone loss came in the season opener at Southern Illinois (77-75). The four AFA victories have come against Mississippi Valley State (65-64), New Mexico State (66-64), The Citadel (97-93) and at Denver (61-59).
- Air Force goes on the road to take on UC Davis on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Falcons have a 1-3 record away from Clune Arena, with the lone victory coming on Dec. 5 at Denver (61-59). The last time AFA won a true road game outside of the state of Colorado was on Jan. 28, 2015 at San José State (66-52).
- Sophomore guard Trevor Lyons, who leads the team in scoring with 14.9 per game, has scored in double figures nine times this season. Lyons also leads the Falcons, and ranks 13th nationally, with 23 total steals.
BOISE STATE (7-4, 0-0 MW)
- Boise State has won 13 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. This is tied for the second-longest home win streak under head coach Leon Rice. The longest was 15 straight wins from Feb. 10, 2010 to Dec. 19, 2010.
- The Broncos are coming off a victory against #24/23 Oregon last Saturday (74-72). This was Boise State’s first home win against a ranked opponent since Feb. 14, 2009 (#21 Utah State).
- Senior Anthony Drmic is one steal shy of 100 for his career. Drmic will join Coby Karl, son of Sacramento Kings coach George Karl, as the only Broncos to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in their careers.
COLORADO STATE (6-4, 0-0 MW)
- In two of the last three seasons, Colorado State has led the Mountain West in scoring. In 2014-15, the Rams scored 2,454 points in 34 games (72.2) and in 2012-13 they scored 2,553 in 35 contests (72.9). Through 10 games this season, CSU is averaging 86.5 points, which leads the MW and ranks 12th nationally.
- The Rams rank seventh and ninth nationally in free throws made and free throws attempted, respectively. CSU has connected on 199-of-271 shots from the charity stripe this year.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks second among all Division I players, shooting 96.6 percent from the free throw line. On the year, Gillon is 57-of-59.
FRESNO STATE (8-3, 0-0 MW)
- Fresno State has won nine straight games at the Save Mart Center, which is the second-longest home win streak in program history, and the Bulldogs have a chance to tie the program record (10 - 2006) on Sunday, Dec. 20 vs. Evansville.
- The Bulldogs host Evansville on Sunday, Dec. 20, in what will be the final game of the 2015 Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge Series. The MW holds a 5-3 advantage and a win in one of the final two games will secure bragging rights for the Conference.
- Fresno State has won 19 of its last 20 games when leading at halftime.
NEVADA (7-3, 0-0 MW)
- Nevada leads the nation in blocked shots per game (7.6) and total blocks (76). If the Wolf Pack keep up this pace, they will set the Mountain West single-season blocked shots record, which is 223 by UNLV last season. The program record is 192 in 2007-08.
- The Wolf Pack ranks fourth nationally with 456 total rebounds and a per game average of 45.6. Nevada has out-rebounded all 10 opponents this season and its last 15 dating back to Feb. 25, 2015.
- Nevada has opened the season 7-3, its best 10-game start since 2006-07, when the Wolf Pack began the year 9-1. The 4-0 start at Lawlor Events Center is the best since 2012-13 (4-0). The last time a Wolf Pack squad opened 5-0 at home was 2009-10 (8-0).
NEW MEXICO (7-2, 0-0 MW)
- The Lobos have won nine consecutive games in The Pit, including six this season. UNM was last defeated at home on Feb. 21, 2015 by UNLV (76-68). A victory on Saturday, Dec. 19 vs. Rice would give New Mexico an undefeated home nonconference slate for the first time since 2010-11.
- New Mexico has the best 3-point defense in the Mountain West, limiting its opponents to just 27.0 percent shooting from long distance. This figure is tied for 12th nationally.
- Head coach Craig Neal is one win away from his 50th career victory. If he can win one of the Lobos’ next three games, he will become the fourth fastest coach to reach the 50-win mark in program history.
SAN DIEGO STATE (7-4, 0-0 MW)
- The Aztecs are in the midst of a season-long five-game home stand, which includes upcoming games against Grand Canyon (Dec. 18), #2/7 Kansas (Dec. 22) and Wyoming (Dec. 30). SDSU is 4-1 at Viejas Arena this season.
- San Diego State’s defensive unit limits opponents to 35.6 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks sixth nationally and first in the Mountain West.
- The Aztecs rank fifth nationally with 66 total blocks, joining Nevada in the top 5 (1st with 76). The Mountain West is the only conference with two teams in the top 6.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (4-6, 0-0 MW)
- Senior forward Frank Rogers has racked up five double-doubles this season, including four straight before failing to do so at Marquette on Dec. 8. This leads the Mountain West and is tied for 14th nationally. He became the first Spartan player with four consecutive double-doubles since 2012-13.
- The Spartans play one contest this week, on the road at Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 20. A victory on Sunday would give SJSU its fifth of the season, the most in a single season since 2013-14 (7).
- SJSU leads the Mountain West, averaging 16.6 assists per contest. It also leads the Conference with 166 total helpers, a figure that ranks 34th nationally. The Spartans have logged more than 15 assists in six games this season.
UNLV (8-3, 0-0 MW)
- After losing to Arizona State at home on Dec. 16, UNLV will hit the road to take on #13/12 Arizona. UNLV has a 2-0 record against nationally-ranked opponents this season.
- The Rebels are averaging 17.9 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks ninth nationally. In 11 games, they’ve registered 103 total steals, which ranks sixth in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 3.27 steals per contest and second with 36 total steals.
- In the first seven games, the Rebels used five different starting lineups, but over the last four games UNLV has used the same starters.
UTAH STATE (5-3, 0-0 MW)
- Utah State begins a three-game homestand as it hosts the Global Sports Hoops Showcase. The Aggiest welcome North Dakota State, Idaho State and UT Rio Grande Valley to Logan for the event.
- The Aggies have been out-rebounded in the last four games, after starting the season by out-rebounding its first four opponents.
- Junior guard Shane Rector has won two games for Utah State at the free throw line. In the Aggies opener at Weber State, Rector hit two free throws to push the lead to three and ultimately win the game. In USU’s road contest at Missouri State, Rector made another pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to earn a 69-68 victory. With less than a minute to play, Rector is a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
WYOMING (6-4, 0-0 MW)
- The Cowboys will host Omaha, in the Global Sports Classic, at home on Saturday, Dec. 19 before hitting the road for a four-game trip. Wyoming will play Marshall and either Houston or Grand Canyon in Las Vegas (Global Sports Classic).
- Wyoming has dropped back-to-back nonconference home games for the first time under head coach Larry Shyatt. Overall, the Cowboys haven’t lost three straight since 2014. Wyoming dropped four in a row from Feb. 22 to March 5.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally, averaging 24.6 points per game. On the season, Adams has scored more than 30 points twice and at least 20 on seven occasions.