Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|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 (10-5, 1-1 MW)
- Air Force will host Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 9. The Falcons are 8-1 at home, their best record at Clune Arena since the 2006-07 campaign when they went 13-0.
- Junior forward Hayden Graham is currently averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 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.
- In games decided by seven points or fewer this season Air Force is 6-1. The Falcons lone loss came in the season opener at Southern Illinois (77-75).
BOISE STATE (11-4, 2-0 MW)
- Boise State has won eight straight games overall, which is tied for the sixth-longest win streak nationally. The Broncos last loss came on Nov. 29, 2015 vs. Arizona (68-59). They have not won nine consecutive games since the 1991-92 season.
- The Broncos put their 16-game home win streak on the line when they host Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 9. Boise State’s 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 and tied for second-longest in program history (19).
- Broncos forward James Webb III has scored in double figures in six consecutive games. On the season, Webb III ranks sixth in the Conference averaging 16 points per game and pulls down 8.3 boards per contest, which leads the MW.
COLORADO STATE (9-6, 1-1 MW)
- Colorado State, which travels to San José State on Saturday, Jan. 9, has won three of its last four road Mountain West contests. The Rams are 9-0 vs. the Spartans, including four wins in San Jose.
- The Rams rank 17th nationally, averaging 10 made 3-pointers per game. This figure also leads the Mountain West.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks 10th nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 91.3. On the year, Gillon has connected on 63-of-69 from the charity stripe. In the Rams’ last game on Jan. 6 vs. UNLV, Gillon made 1-of-2 free throws with 1.1 seconds left to give CSU a 66-65 victory.
FRESNO STATE (11-5, 2-1 MW)
- Fresno State has committed a fewer number of turnovers than its opponent in 14 of 16 games this season and 113 of 149 games under head coach Rodney Terry.
- The Bulldogs, who travel to Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 9., are off to their best start at 11-5 since the 2006-07 season (13-3).
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring (294-18.4), assists (69-4.3), steals (28-1.8) and free throws made (76) and attempted (103). Harris currently ranks fourth in program history with 1,600 points and he is 90 points away from moving into third-place.
NEVADA (9-6, 1-2 MW)
- The Wolf Pack continues a two-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Air Force. 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 (99) and third nationally in blocked shots per game (6.6). 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 three straight 20-point performances to open up Mountain West play, leads the league with 23.7 points per Conference game.
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 didn’t play on Wednesday, and will retake the court Saturday, Jan. 9, when it hosts Utah State. The Lobos haven’t opened MW action 3-0 since 2013-14.
- New Mexico is 9-1 this season when leading at the half.
- Sophomore guard Elijah Brown ranks ninth in the NCAA with 92 total free throws made. Brown, who is 92-for-105 from the charity stripe, ranks 31st nationally with an 87.6 free throw percentage. This figure ranks second in the Mountain West, behind Colorado State’s John Gillen (10th).
SAN DIEGO STATE (10-6, 3-0 MW)
- The Aztecs will be off on Saturday before traveling to Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 13. SDSU is searching for a 4-0 start in Mountain West play for the first time since 2013-14. That season, the Aztecs started 10-0 before falling at Wyoming.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.4 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 60.4 points per contest, which ranks ninth.
- In three Conference games, Aztecs senior Winston Shepard is averaging 17 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per contest.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (5-10, 0-3 MW)
- San José State, which hosts Colorado State on Saturday, Jan. 9, has lost 26 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 1-37 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 30th-best nationally. Rogers has scored in double-figures 10 times. On the year, he is averaging 14.0 points and 7.7 boards per contest.
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 243 assists and an average of 16.2 helpers per game. Last year, SJSU averaged 9.8 assists per contest.
UNLV (9-6, 0-2 MW)
- The Rebels are averaging 17.2 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 12th nationally. In 15 games, they’ve registered 133 total steals, which ranks 11th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 3.0 steals per contest and second with 45 total steals.
- The Rebels have opened Mountain West play 0-2 for the second consecutive season. A loss on Saturday at Wyoming would represent the first time UNLV has been 0-3 in league play since 2002-03.
- The Rebels have won 15 of their last 18 contests vs. Wyoming, but the Cowboys won the last contest in Laramie (76-71) on Dec. 31, 2014.
UTAH STATE (9-5, 1-2 MW)
- The Aggies travel to New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 9, looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Although Utah State holds a 20-7 overall advantage in the series, the Lobos have won three of the last four.
- 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-2.1 per game.
- Aggies junior Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in nine consecutive contests and 12 times overall this season. In Mountain West games, Moore has posted 13 straight double-digit performances. On the year, Moore is averaging 14.9 points.
WYOMING (8-8, 1-2 MW)
- Dating back to March 2012, the Cowboys are 2-9 against UNLV, who they will face at home on Saturday, Jan. 9.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth nationally, averaging 25.7 points per game and ranks third in total points (385). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 12 of the Cowboys 15 contest, including five games with at least 30.
- 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.