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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Friday, November 13 Broadcast Time
Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii)
   Coastal Carolina vs. Nevada
--
3 p.m. HT
Texas Southern at New Mexico
ROOT SPORTS/MWN
5:30 p.m. MT
Illinois State at San Diego State
ESPN3 7 p.m. PT
Pepperdine at Fresno State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
Maui Jim Maui Invitational Opening Game (Las Vegas, Nevada)
   Cal Poly at UNLV
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
Utah State at Weber State
-- 7 p.m. MT
Bristol University at Wyoming
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Boise State at Montana
-- 7 p.m. MT
Air Force at Southern Illinois
ESPN3 7:05 p.m. CT
Saturday, November 14 Broadcast Time
Colorado State at Northern Iowa
ESPN3 11 a.m. CT
Idaho at San José State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
Sunday, November 15 Broadcast Time
New Mexico at New Mexico State
-- 7 p.m. MT
Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii)
   Montana State vs. Nevada
-- 2 p.m. HT


Mountain West 3-Pointers
AIR FORCE (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Last season, Air Force led the Mountain West in assists per game (15.6) and field goal percentage (47.4).
  • The Falcons have started at least one freshman in 31 consecutive games, and started at least two in five of those contests.
  • The Falcons have won 11 of their last 12 season openers, with their lone loss coming on the road to open up the 2014-15 season at Army (84-78). The last time Air Force won a road game to begin a season was on Nov. 26, 1982 at U.S. International (72-71, OT). It has lost six straight season openers at true road sites.

BOISE STATE (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Boise State has won eight consecutive season openers, all of which have been at Taco Bell Arena or in a neutral setting. The Broncos open on the road for the first time since Nov. 11, 2005 at Wyoming (Lost, 94-79). That game is also the Broncos last season-opening loss.
    The Broncos have won eight straight home contests. Their 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.
    Last season, Boise State led the Conference in scoring margin (+10.1), free throw percentage (.729), 3-point field goals made per game (8.74) and turnover margin (+2.41).

COLORADO STATE (0-0, 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).
  • The Rams graduated their three top scorers (J.J. Avila, Daniel Bejarano and Stanton Kidd) and top two rebounders (J.J. Avila and Daniel Bejarano) from last year’s team that won a program-best 27 games.
  • To open the season, CSU will take on Northern Iowa in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge. The Rams have a 2-2 record in the challenge. This game represents the Rams’ first true road season-opener since Nov. 9, 2007, when they were beaten by Montana (75-39).

FRESNO STATE (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Senior guard Marvelle Harris was voted Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year. Harris is the MW’s returning leading scorer from last season, averaging 16.4 points per game. He also led the Conference with 2.03 steals per contest.
  • Harris has scored at least 10 points in 27 straight regular season games, and in 29 of the Bulldogs’ 32 contests last season.
  • The Bulldogs have won seven of their last 10 season openers, but have dropped two of the last three. Fresno State has rattled off 14 consecutive home-opening victories, with its last loss coming on Nov. 17, 2000 vs. Saint Mary’s (104-66).

NEVADA (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • One of two Mountain West institutions with a new head coach, Nevada’s Eric Musselman has been coaching in the NBA and NBADL since 2002, including stints as a head coach with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and Sacramento Kings (2006-07).
  • In season openers, the Wolf Pack have compiled a 7-3 record in the past 10 years, but have lost two of their last three. This season, Nevada opens up against Coastal Carolina
  • in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the Wolf Pack’s first neutral season-opener since Nov. 23, 1990 vs. South Carolina (Lost, 63-61).
    Last season, Wolf Pack forward AJ West recorded 14 double-doubles (pts-rebs), which ranked second-best in the Mountain West and 23rd nationally.

NEW MEXICO (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • New Mexico opens up at home for the eighth consecutive year, a streak dating back to the 2007-08 season. Overall, the Lobos have won 12 straight season openers, with the last season-opening defeat coming on Nov. 23, 2002 vs. California (76-68).
  • The Lobos return eight letterwinners from a 2015-16 squad that held their opponents to 60.2 points per game, which ranked fourth in the Mountain West and 31st nationally.
  • Dating back to 2010, the Lobos have compiled a 33-4 record at home in nonconference games. New Mexico was only tripped up once last year, losing 66-54 to USC on Nov. 30.

SAN DIEGO STATE (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • San Diego State opens its season against Illinois State in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher graduated from and played basketball, earning two varisty letters, at Illinois State (‘67).
  • Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Aztecs have compiled a 141-36 (.797) record. The .797 winning percentage is seventh-best nationally behind: Wichita State (.839), Gonzaga (.831), Duke (.829), Kentucky (.816), Kansas (.811) and Arizona (.799).
  • The Aztecs have sold out Viejas Arena (12,414) for 54 consecutive games, a streak that started on Jan. 14, 2012 vs. UNLV.

SAN JOSÉ STATE (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • San José State is looking to end a 20-game losing streak, which is second-longest in NCAA. The Spartans last victory came on Dec. 9, 2014 vs. Saint Katherine (74-63). A season-opening win against Idaho would end the nation’s longest home losing streak (10).
  • The Spartans have lost three of their last four season openers, but defeated Bethesda in their first game last year (67-44).
  • The Spartans lost their top three scorers from last season but welcome seven newcomers in 2015-16, including Princeton Onwas, who played in 31 games at Utah before transferring to San José State. In those contests, he averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

UNLV (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • UNLV has won 19 of its last 20 season openers, with the lone loss coming vs. St. Mary’s (64-54) on Nov. 23, 2004. Overall, when opening at home the Rebels are 38-5.
  • Rebels forward Goodluck Okonoboh ranked ninth nationally, averaging 2.90 blocks per contest in 2014-15. In 31 games, Okonoboh swatted 90 shots. Among eligible players returning in 2015-16, Okonoboh ranks fifth in blocks per game.
  • The Rebels have connected on at least one 3-pointer in 941 consecutive games, a NCAA record. The last game UNLV did not make a 3-pointer was vs. Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.

UTAH STATE (0-0, 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.
  • Utah State returns all five starters and eight letterwinners from a team that shot .394 percent from 3-point range last season, a percentage that ranked first in the Mountain West and 14th nationally.
  • Forward David Collette was the second-best shooting freshman in the country behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. Collette shot 59.1-percent last season. In terms of all returning post players, Collette is ranked No. 2 behind Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis.

WYOMING (0-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Wyoming has lost four starters and six letterwinners from its 2014-15 team that won 25 games, the Mountain West tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002. Senior guard Josh Adams returns after earning All-Mountain West third team honors after averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds per contest.
  • The Cowboys feature 12 freshmen and sophomores, making them the fifth-youngest team in the nation in terms of underclassmen percentage (80-percent).
  • Dating back to March 8, 2014, Wyoming has won 18 of its last 20 home games. In home openers, the Cowboys have won five straight.