Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, January 12
|Air Force at Utah State*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
|New Mexico at UNLV*||CBS Sports Network||7 p.m. PT|
|Wednesday, January 13
|Boise State at Nevada*||MWN - Campus Insiders||7 p.m. PT|
|Wyoming at San José State*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT|
|San Diego State at Colorado State*||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, January 16
|Utah State at Colorado State*||ESPN3||2 p.m. MT|
|Wyoming at New Mexico*||CBS Sports Network||2 p.m. MT|
|San José State at Fresno State*||MWN - Institutional||4 p.m. PT|
|Air Force at UNLV*||ESPN3||7 p.m. PT|
|San Diego State at Boise State*||ESPN2||8 p.m. MT|
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AIR FORCE (10-7, 1-3 MW)
- After winning four straight, including its Mountain West opener vs. San José State, Air Force has lost three in a row. The Falcons travel to UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 16. On the road in MW play, AFA has lost 10 consecutive games.
- Air Force has a 8-1 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. The Rebels average 75.9 points per contest and have been held to fewer than 70 points on five occasions (0-5).
- Junior forward Hayden Graham is currently averaging 14.5 points and 7.1 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 (13-4, 4-0 MW)
- Boise State has won 10 straight games overall, which is tied for the second-longest win streak nationally and best in school history. The Broncos last loss came on Nov. 29, 2015 vs. nationally-ranked Arizona (68-59). This is their first 10-game win streak since Dec. 29, 1987 - Jan. 28, 1988.
- The Broncos host San Diego State, which also has an undefeated 4-0 MW record, on Saturday, Jan. 16. In the preseason, the Aztecs and Broncos were predicted to finish No. 1 and 2, respectively. Boise State has won two straight against San Diego State, but the Aztecs own an 8-3 overall series advantage.
- The Broncos put their 17-game home win streak on the line. 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 second-longest in program history (19).
COLORADO STATE (10-7, 2-2 MW)
- Colorado State will host Utah State on Saturday, Jan. 16. The Rams won the lone contest over the Aggies last season, but have dropped three of the last four overall.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks seventh nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 91.3. On the year, Gillon has connected on 73-of-80 from the charity stripe.
- The Rams, who lead the MW averaging 81.2 points per game, have scored at least 80 points in 10 contests, the most by a CSU squad since 2002-03 season (12).
FRESNO STATE (11-6, 2-2 MW)
- After a mid-week bye, the Bulldogs return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 16 vs. San José State. Fresno State has won four straight over the Spartans.
- Fresno State has committed a fewer number of turnovers than its opponent in 14 of 17 games this season and 113 of 150 games under head coach Rodney Terry.
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring (320-18.8), assists (73-4.3), steals (28-1.6) and free throws made (82) and attempted (112). Harris currently ranks fourth in program history with 1,626 points and he is 64 points away from moving into third-place.
NEVADA (10-7, 2-3 MW)
- The Wolf Pack is off this weekend and will return to the hardwood on Wednesday, Jan. 20, as they travel to Wyoming.
- Nevada ranks second in the nation in total blocks (110) and fifth in blocked shots per game (6.5). 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 set in 2007-08.
- Nevada freshman forward Cameron Oliver ranks 21st nationally, averaging 2.53 blocks per game. This leads the Mountain West and is the second-best single-game average by a freshman nationally.
NEW MEXICO (10-7, 3-1 MW)
- New Mexico looks to bounce back after a defeat at UNLV, as it hosts Wyoming on Saturday, Jan. 16. The Lobos have won 12 consecutive games over the Cowboys in Albuquerque, with the last defeat coming on Feb. 15, 2003.
- Saturday’s contest will feature the top two scorers in the Mountain West. Wyoming’s Josh Adams leads the Conference, pouring in 23.9 points per game while New Mexico’s Elijah Brown is recording 19.9 points.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West with a field goal percentage of 58.4 percent. Williams is 115-for-197 from the field this season. In Lobos history, only seven players have finished the season shooting higher than 60 percent.
SAN DIEGO STATE (11-6, 4-0 MW)
- The Aztecs will travel to Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 16 in a battle of undefeated MW teams. SDSU is searching for a 5-0 start in Mountain West play for the first time since 2013-14. That season, the Aztecs started 10-0 before falling at Wyoming. Overall, SDSU has won six straight regular season league contests.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.6 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 60.5 points per contest, which ranks seventh.
- San Diego State is 35-6 in its last 41 games played in the month of January.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (6-11, 1-4 MW)
- San José State snapped a 27-game Mountain West losing streak, which was the longest in the nation, with a home victory over Wyoming (62-55) on Jan. 13. The Spartans will look for their third MW victory all-time when they travel to Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 16.
- Senior forward Frank Rogers leads all Mountain West players with six double-doubles this season. Rogers has scored in double-figures 11 times. On the year, he is averaging 13.7 points and 7.2 boards per contest.
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 274 assists and an average of 16.1 helpers per game. Last year, SJSU averaged 9.8 assists per contest.
UNLV (10-7, 1-3 MW)
- UNLV’s interim head coach Todd Simon won his first game in charge of the Rebels, defeating New Mexico 86-74 on Jan. 12. UNLV will look to continue its winning ways with a home game on Saturday, Jan. 16 vs. Air Force. The Rebels have only lost twice at home to the Falcons (1/4/14 and 1/25/06).
- The Rebels are averaging 16.88 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 14th nationally. In 17 games, they’ve registered 145 total steals, which also ranks 14th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 2.88 steals per contest and second with 49 total steals.
- UNLV currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer. Since the official adoption of the 3-point rule at the start of the 1986-87 season, the Runnin’ Rebels have connected on at least one trey in all 958 of their games.
UTAH STATE (10-6, 2-3 MW)
- Utah State is coming off a 19-point home victory over Air Force. The Aggies will now look to carry that momentum into Saturday’s road contest at Colorado State. USU has won three of the last four contests over the Rams, but dropped the lone meeting last year.
- The Aggies are 9-0 on the season when leading at halftime, and 8-0 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, they are undefeated (7-0) when limiting their opponent to fewer than 70 points.
- Aggies junior Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in 11 consecutive contests and 14 times overall this season. In Mountain West games, Moore has posted 15 straight double-digit performances. On the year, Moore is averaging 15.3 points per game.
WYOMING (9-9, 2-3 MW)
- The Cowboys finish a week of travel with a game at New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 16. Wyoming has lost 12 consecutive contests in New Mexico, dating back to 2003.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks sixth nationally, averaging 23.9 points per game and ranks third in total points (407). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 12 of the Cowboys 17 contests, including five games with at least 30. In his last two games, Adams has averaged 11 points.
- Wyoming leads the Mountain West and ranks 31st nationally with a team free-throw percentage of 74.1 percent. This is up nearly five percent from last year.