Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, January 5
|Boise State at Utah State*
||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. MT|
|Wednesday, January 6
|Air Force at Wyoming*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|Nevada at Fresno State*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT|
|San José State at San Diego State*||ESPN3||7 p.m. PT|
|UNLV at Colorado State*||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, January 9
|Nevada at Air Force*||MWN - Institutional||Noon MT|
|Colorado State at San José State*||MWN - Institutional||2 p.m. PT|
|Fresno State at Boise State*||ROOT SPORTS||4 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at Wyoming*||CBS Sports Network||4 p.m. MT|
|Utah State at New Mexico*||ESPN3||4 p.m. MT|
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AIR FORCE (10-4, 1-0 MW)
- The Falcons head to Wyoming (7-8, 0-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 6 for their first road Mountain West contest of the season. AFA is searching for its second 2-0 Conference start in the last three seasons.
- Wyoming holds a 74-35 advantage in the series against Air Force, but the Falcons have won five of the last six meetings, dating back to February 2012.
- Junior forward Hayden Graham is currently averaging 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. At this rate, Graham will be the first Air Force player to finish with an average of at least 10 points and five boards since Jacob Burtschi, who poured in 13.5 points and grabbed six boards per contest in the 2006-07 season.
BOISE STATE (10-4, 1-0 MW)
- Boise State travels to Utah State on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The Broncos are 1-18 when playing in Logan, with that lone victory coming on Feb. 3, 2015.
- For the first time in his career, junior forward James Webb III has scored more than 20 points in three consecutive games. This is the longest active streak of 20-point performances in the MW. In the Broncos Conference opener, Webb III poured in 28 points and in his last three games he is averaging 27.3 points per contest.
- Dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, the Broncos have compiled a 38-1 record when registering more than 15 assists in a game.
COLORADO STATE (8-6, 0-1 MW)
- Colorado State continues Mountain West play on Wednesday, Jan. 6 vs. UNLV. The Rams will look to avoid their first 0-2 Conference start since 2013-14. That season, CSU started 0-2 in league play and ultimately finished 7-11.
- The Rams have won four consecutive games against the Rebels at Moby Arena, dating back to Feb. 29, 2012. In his 25-year career as a Division I head coach, Larry Eustachy has a 6-6 record against UNLV.
- The Rams average 83.4 points per game, which leads the Mountain West and ranks 28th nationally. In two of the last three seasons, the Rams have led the MW in scoring.
FRESNO STATE (10-5, 1-1 MW)
- Fresno State has committed a fewer number of turnovers than its opponent in 13 of 15 games this season and 112 of 148 games under head coach Rodney Terry.
- The Bulldogs lead the Mountain West and rank 25th nationally, averaging 14 offensive rebounds per contest.
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring (276-18.4), assists (62-4.1), steals (27-1.8) and free throws made (74) and attempted (99). Harris currently ranks fifth in program history with 1,582 points and he is three points away from moving into fourth-place.
NEVADA (9-5, 1-1 MW)
- The Wolf Pack opens a two-game road trip at Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Nevada has won only three games away from Reno this season, including one true road contest (at Pacific on Nov. 21, 2015).
- Nevada ranks second in the nation in total blocks (96) and third nationally in blocked shots per game (6.9). 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 in 2007-08.
- Nevada senior guard Marqueze Coleman, who has recorded back-to-back 20-point performances, ranks ninth nationally in free throws made (89) and 10th with 113 attempts from the charity stripe.
NEW MEXICO (9-6, 2-0 MW)
- After victories over Nevada and at Fresno State last week, the Lobos are 2-0 in Mountain West play for the fourth consecutive year. New Mexico doesn’t play until Saturday, Jan. 9, when it hosts Utah State. The Lobos haven’t opened MW action 3-0 since 2013-14.
- Sophomore guard Elijah Brown is 21st nationally with 291 total points. This ranks second in the Mountain West behind Wyoming’s Josh Adams, who ranks third nationally (365). Brown is also one of the best players in the country when it comes to drawing fouls. The sophomore has attempted 105 free throws, which ranks as 18th-most in Division I.
- New Mexico is 9-1 this season when leading at the half.
SAN DIEGO STATE (9-6, 2-0 MW)
- The Aztecs host San José State on Wednesday, Jan. 6. SDSU has won four straight regular-season Mountain West contests and 10 of its last 12 league games.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.3 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks fifth nationally and first in the Mountain West. The Aztecs also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 60.3 points per contest, which ranks 10th.
- When recording a better field goal percentage than their opponent, the Aztecs are 8-1 on the season and 132-6 in the last 138 contests.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (5-9, 0-2 MW)
- San José State, which travels to San Diego State on Wednesday, Jan. 6, has lost 25 consecutive Mountain West games, the longest conference losing streak in the nation. Dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Spartans have 1-36 MW record. The lone victory came at Nevada (66-64) on Feb. 18, 2014.
- Senior forward Frank Rogers leads all Mountain West players with six double-doubles this season. This figure ties for 28th-best nationally. Rogers has scored in double-figures 10 times. On the year, he is averaging 14.8 points and 7.9 boards per contest.
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 237 assists and an average of 16.9 helpers per game. Last year, SJSU averaged 9.8 assists per contest.
UNLV (9-5, 0-1 MW)
- NLV, which has been off since Wednesday, Dec. 30, travels to Colorado State on Jan. 6. In Fort Collins, the Rebels have lost four straight games.
A loss to CSU would give UNLV back-to-back seasons with 0-2 starts in Mountain West play.
- The Rebels are averaging 17.6 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 10th nationally. In 14 games, they’ve registered 125 total steals, which ranks 13th in Division I.
- UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 2.9 steals per contest and second with 40 total steals.
UTAH STATE (9-4, 1-1 MW)
- Utah State hosts Boise State on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The Aggies have an 18-1 home record against the Broncos, but the lone defeat was suffered last season on Feb. 3, 2015.
- When Utah State outrebounds its opponent this season, it has an undefeated 7-0 record. On the year, USU is outrebounding its opponents by plus-2.6 per game.
- Something will have to give on Tuesday as Utah State has the third-best scoring defense in the Mountain West, allowing 67.5 points per game, and Boise State has the third-best scoring offense in the league, pouring in 79 points.
WYOMING (7-8, 0-2 MW)
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks third nationally, averaging 26.1 points per game and in total points (365). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 11 of the Cowboys 15 contest, including five games with at least 30.
- Wyoming will host Air Force (Jan. 6) and UNLV (Jan. 9) this week, looking to snap a four-game losing streak, including two straight in Mountain West play.
- Wyoming leads the Mountain West and ranks 26th nationally with a team free-throw percentage of 74.7 percent. This is up nearly five percent from last year.