Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, January 30
|Air Force at San José State*||MWN - Institutional||2 p.m. PT|
|New Mexico at Boise State*||ESPN3||3 p.m. MT|
|Colorado State at Wyoming*||ROOT SPORTS||4 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at UNLV*||CBS Sports Network||5 p.m. PT|
|Nevada at Utah State*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
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AIR FORCE (10-11, 1-7 MW)
- The Falcons have lost seven straight game, the longest Air Force losing streak since the 2011-12 season (7). The Falcons will look to end the skid at San José State on Saturday, Jan. 30. Air Force’s last victory came against the Spartans (64-57) on Jan. 2.
- Air Force has an 8-2 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. San José State averages 73.3 points per contest and has been held to fewer than 70 points on 11 occasions (1-10).
- In games decided by seven points or fewer this season, the Falcons are 6-3. The three losses were at Southern Illinois (77-75) in the season opener, vs. Colorado State (83-79) on Jan. 20 and vs. Fresno State (56-55) on Jan. 23.
BOISE STATE (15-6, 6-2 MW)
- Boise State looks to rebound from its road loss at UNLV with Saturday’s home contest vs. New Mexico. The Broncos have won 18 of their last 20 games at Taco Bell Arena, dating back to January 2015.
- Against the Lobos, Boise State has won three of the last four meetings but UNM holds a 6-3 advantage overall in the series.
- Junior forward James Webb III ranks in the top 25 nationally in two rebounding categories. Webb III ranks 21st in Division I, averaging 7.19 defensive rebounds per contest and 24th with 195 total boards.
COLORADO STATE (12-8, 4-3 MW)
- Colorado State looks to rattle off its third consecutive Mountain West victory as the Rams travel to Wyoming on Saturday, Jan. 30. Saturday’s contest will be the 224th meeting between the rivals. The Rams have won eight of the last 12 matchups since the 2009-10 season.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks second nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 91.5. On the year, Gillon has connected on 75-of-82 from the charity stripe. The Rams haven’t had a player shoot better than 90 percent from the free throw line since 2001 (John Sivesind - .908).
- CSU ranks second in Conference, averaging 11.6 turnover per game. The Rams haven’t registered more than 10 giveaways in their last three games. Wyoming ranks 10th in the MW, forcing 11.48 turnovers.
FRESNO STATE (14-7, 5-3 MW)
- The Bulldogs, who have began Mountain West play 5-3 for the second straight season, is off on Saturday. Fresno State will take its two-game win streak on the road to San José State on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
- Fresno State is an undefeated 10-0 when holding its opponent to fewer than 70 points this season. The Bulldogs have won 15 in a row allowing less than 70 points, a streak that dates back to Jan. 27, 2015 at San Diego State (58-47).
- Fresno State ranks 26th nationally and first in the Mountain West, pulling down 13.67 offensive rebounds per contest. Last year, the Bulldogs finished the season ranked 298th, averaging 8.94 offensive boards per game.
NEVADA (12-8, 4-4 MW)
- Coming off a home loss vs. San Diego State, Nevada will travel to Utah State for its first of two contests against the Aggies this season. The Wolf Pack and Aggies have split the last six meetings.
- Nevada ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.4) and seventh in total blocks (127). 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 16th nationally, averaging 2.55 blocks per game. This leads the Mountain West and is the second-best single-game average by a freshman nationally.
NEW MEXICO (12-8, 5-2 MW)
- New Mexico is searching for its third consecutive Conference victory as it heads to Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Lobos have dropped three of their last four meetings against the Broncos.
- The Lobos are 9-2 at home this season, and those two losses (Rice and Wyoming) came by three combined points. UNM lost 90-89 to Rice and 70-68 vs. Wyoming. UNM is winning in The Pit by an average of 19.7 points.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West with a field-goal percentage of 58.7 percent. Williams is 138-for-235 from the field this season. In Lobo history, only seven players have finished the season shooting higher than 60 percent. As a team, New Mexico leads the Mountain West, shooting 48.1 percent from the field.
SAN DIEGO STATE (15-6, 8-0 MW)
- The Aztecs defeated Nevada on the road on Tuesday and are off to their first 8-0 start in Mountain West play since 2013-14. That season, the Aztecs started 10-0 before falling at Wyoming. Overall, SDSU has won 10 straight regular season league contests.
- San Diego State ends a two-game road swing through the state of Nevada against UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 30. A victory would give the Aztecs eight straight Conference road wins, which would set a MW record (2010 New Mexico & 2004-05 Utah).
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.1 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks first nationally. The Aztecs also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 59.9 points per contest, which ranks third.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (6-15, 1-8 MW)
- The Spartans are in search of their third MW victory all-time when they host Air Force on Saturday, Jan. 30. San José State has lost five straight to the Falcons and haven’t beat AFA at home since Jan. 16, 1997 (62-45).
- Freshman forward Ryan Welage leads all Mountain West freshmen with 38 made 3-pointers this season. Welage is averaging 12.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The 12.1 ppg are the second-most among MW freshmen, trailing only San Diego State’s Jeremy Hemsley (12.9).
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 324 assists and an average of 15.4 helpers per game. The 15.4 assists are the most by a Spartans squad since the 1984-85 season (16.2).
UNLV (13-8, 4-4 MW)
- UNLV is 4-1 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico. Simon and the Rebels host Mountain West leading San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Aztecs have won six straight meetings against the Rebels.
- The Rebels are averaging 16.24 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 18th nationally. In 21 games, they’ve registered 176 total steals, which ranks 14th in Division I.
- UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 3.0 steals per contest and second with 63 total steals.
The Rebels are averaging 77.2 points per contest this season, which is fourth in the Mountain West but the most by a UNLV squad since 2001-02 (78.3).
UTAH STATE (11-8, 3-5 MW)
- Utah State has had a week to prepare for its Jan. 30 home contest vs. Nevada after a midweek bye. The Aggies and Wolf Pack have split the last six meetings.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 14 games, including twice last week against UNLV and San Diego State.
- The Aggies are 10-1 on the season when leading at halftime, losing to UNLV last week after establishing a one-point lead at half. USU is 9-0 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, they are undefeated (7-0) when limiting their opponent to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (10-12, 3-6 MW)
- Wyoming hosts rival Colorado State on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Cowboys hold an overall series advantage of 131-92. Eight of the last 15 games have been decided by single digits.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth nationally, averaging 25.0 points per game and ranks third in total points (500). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 14 of the Cowboys 22 contests, including seven games with at least 30. Adams is 112 points shy of entering Wyoming’s top 10 for single season points (612 - Brandon Ewing in 2008-09).
- Wyoming has a 5-7 record this season in games decided by single digits. Only five defeats have been by double digits.