Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Monday, December 21
|USC Upstate at Colorado State
||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT
|Marshall vs. Wyoming||7:30 p.m. PT
|Texas-Rio Grande Valley at Utah State
||MWN - Institutional||8 p.m. MT
|Tuesday, December 22
|Auburn vs. New Mexico
||ESPNU||9:30 a.m. HT|
|Life Pacific at San José State||MWN - Institutional||Noon PT|
|Johnson & Wales at Air Force||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|South Dakota at UNLV||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT|
|#2/3 Kansas at San Diego State||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. PT|
|Idaho State at Utah State||MWN - Institutional||8 p.m. MT|
|Nevada at Wichita State||ESPN3||7 p.m. CT|
|Houston/Grand Canyon vs. Wyoming||TBA|
|Wednesday, December 23
|North Dakota State at Utah State
||MWN - Institutional||8 p.m. MT|
|New Mexico vs. BYU/Harvard||ESPNU||TBA|
|Friday, December 25
|New Mexico vs. TBA
|Sunday, December 27
|Pacific Union at Fresno State
||MWN - Institutional||1 p.m. PT|
Mountain West 3-Pointers
AIR FORCE (7-4, 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 begins a three-game home stand with Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The Falcons will then play Western State on Dec. 29 before opening Mountain West action vs. San José State on Jan. 2. The Falcons are 5-1 at home this season.
- Sophomore guard Trevor Lyons, who is second on the team in scoring with 14.8 per game, has scored in double figures 10 times this season. Lyons also leads the Falcons, and ranks 26th nationally, with 24 total steals.
BOISE STATE (8-4, 0-0 MW)
- Boise State has won 14 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 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 have an opportunity to tie this streak with a Dec. 30th contest vs. UC Davis.
- Broncos junior forward James Webb III scored a career-high 31 points in his last outing on Dec. 20 vs. Bradley. Webb, who also snagged eight rebounds and swiped four steals, won Mountain West Player of the Week honors.
- Boise State ranks 18th nationally with 112 made 3-pointers and 13th with 313 attempts. The Broncos have connected on 35.8% of 3-pointers this season, which ranks 120th in Division I.
COLORADO STATE (6-5, 0-0 MW)
- Colorado State will be without its leading scorer Gian Clavell, who was averaging 20.8 points per contest. Clavell is out for the season with a hand injury. He was the second-leading scorer in the Mountain West at the time of his injury.
- The Rams average 83.7 points per game, which leads the Mountain West and ranks 31st nationally. In its last nine games, Colorado State has poured in at least 90 points on five occasions. In two of the last three seasons, the Rams have led the MW in scoring.
- Junior guard John Gillon is tied for second among all Division I players, shooting 95.2 percent from the free throw line. On the year, Gillon is 59-of-62.
FRESNO STATE (8-4, 0-0 MW)
- Fresno State had its nine-game home win streak snapped on Sunday, Dec. 20 by Evansville. The Bulldogs will look to begin a new streak when they host Pacific Union on Dec. 27.
- Fresno State has won 19 of its last 20 games when leading at halftime.
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring (227-18.9), assists (56-4.7), steals (22-1.83) and free throws made (60) and attempted (78). Harris’ 227 points rank 20th nationally and second in the Mountain West.
NEVADA (8-3, 0-0 MW)
- Nevada leads the nation in blocked shots per game (7.3) and total blocks (80). 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 seventh nationally with 497 total rebounds and third with a per game average of 45.2. Nevada has out-rebounded all 11 opponents this season and its last 16 dating back to Feb. 25, 2015.
- Nevada goes on the road to Wichita State for a Tuesday, Dec. 22 showdown. The Shockers have won 36 straight at home, which ranks third-longest in Division I. The Wolf Pack defeated WSU the last time these two institutions met in 2010 (74-70). The Shockers won the only other contest, 97-69 in 1970.
NEW MEXICO (7-3, 0-0 MW)
- New Mexico travels to Honolulu for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Lobos will play Auburn on Tuesday, Dec. 22 and then will face either BYU or Harvard. Also in the tournament is #3/2 Oklahoma, Washington State, Northern Iowa and Hawai‘i.
- Head coach Craig Neal is one win away from his 50th career victory. If he can win one of the Lobos’ next two games, he will become the fourth fastest coach to reach the 50-win mark in program history.
- New Mexico has the best 3-point defense in the Mountain West, limiting its opponents to just 28.7 percent shooting from long distance. This figure ranks 25th nationally.
SAN DIEGO STATE (7-5, 0-0 MW)
- The Aztecs host #2/3 Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The Jayhawks are the highest-ranked opponent to visit Viejas Arena since No. 1 Arizona traveled to San Diego on Dec. 7, 2002. The Aztecs are 5-1 in their last six games against teams ranked in the AP poll.
- San Diego State’s top two leading scorers are freshmen Jeremy Hemsley (161) and Zylan Cheatham (102). The Aztecs are one of seven institutions nationally, whose top two scorers are freshmen.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 35.5 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks sixth nationally and first in the Mountain West.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (4-7, 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 21st nationally. He became the first Spartan player with four consecutive double-doubles since 2012-13.
- The Spartans have one more nonconference contest (Dec. 22 vs. Life Pacific) before opening up Mountain West play against Utah State on Dec. 30.
- Freshman forward Ryan Welage leads all Mountain West freshmen with 18 3-pointers this season. He is also one of two MW freshmen with multiple double-doubles, joining UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman, Jr.
UNLV (8-4, 0-0 MW)
- UNLV, which has dropped two straight and three of its last four contests, close out nonconference play on Tuesday, Dec. 22 against South Dakota.
- The Rebels are averaging 17.92 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 10th nationally. In 12 games, they’ve registered 109 total steals, which ranks eighth in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging three steals per contest and second with 36 total steals.
- The Rebels are one of three Mountain West teams that rank in the top 15 nationally in blocked shots. UNLV has swatted 68 shots, which is tied for 13th in Division I. Nevada (1st) and San Diego State (T-4th) rank ahead of the Rebels.
UTAH STATE (5-3, 0-0 MW)
- Utah State begins a three-game homestand as it hosts the Global Sports Hoops Showcase. The Aggies 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 (7-4, 0-0 MW)
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks third nationally, averaging 25.2 points per game. On the season, Adams has scored more than 30 points three times and at least 20 on eight occasions.
- The Cowboys hit the road for a four-game trip. Wyoming will play Marshall on Monday, Dec. 21 and either Houston or Grand Canyon on Tuesday, Dec. 22 in Las Vegas (Global Sports Classic). Wyoming will then begin Conference play on Dec. 30 at San Diego State.
- Wyoming has compiled a 4-1 record in contests decided by single digits this season. Last season, the Cowboys were 13-4 in games decided by single digits.