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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Tuesday, December 29
Broadcast Time
Regis at Colorado State
MWN - Institutional
3 p.m. MT
Western State at Air Force
MWN - Institutional
6 p.m. MT
Wednesday, December 30
Broadcast Time
UC Davis at Boise State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Nevada at New Mexico*
ROOT SPORTS
7 p.m. MT
Wyoming at San Diego State*
CBS Sports Network
7 p.m. PT
Fresno State at UNLV*
ESPNU8 p.m. PT
Utah State at San José State*
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
Saturday, January 2
Broadcast Time
San José State at Air Force*
MWN - Institutional
Noon MT
Wyoming at Nevada*
ROOT SPORTS
3 p.m. PT
New Mexico at Fresno State*
CBS Sports Network
6:30 p.m. PT
Colorado State at Boise State*
ESPN35 p.m. MT
San Diego State at Utah State*
ESPNU8 p.m. MT


Mountain West 3-Pointers
AIR FORCE (8-4, 0-0 MW)

  • The Falcons have played in five games decided by four points or fewer this season. In those contests, Air Force has compiled a 4-1 record. The lone loss came in the season opener at Southern Illinois (77-75). The four AFA victories have come against Mississippi Valley State (65-64), New Mexico State (66-64), The Citadel (97-93) and at Denver (61-59).
  • Air Force is in the midst of a three-game home stand. The Falcons will play Western State on Dec. 29 before opening Mountain West action vs. San José State on Jan. 2. The Falcons are 6-1 at home this season.
  • Sophomore guard Trevor Lyons, who is second in the Mountain West with 27 total steals, ranks 20th nationally. Lyons needs 26 more steals to enter the Air Force top 5 single-season mark.

BOISE STATE (8-4, 0-0 MW)

  • Boise State has won 14 straight home contests. The Broncos 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. This is the second-longest home win streak under head coach Leon Rice. The longest was 15 straight wins from Feb. 10, 2010 to Dec. 19, 2010. The Broncos have an opportunity to tie this streak with a Dec. 30th contest vs. UC Davis.
  • Under Rice, the Broncos are 87-17 (.837) when they scored at least 70 points. When Boise State fails to reach that mark, its 23-50 (.315).
  • Dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, the Broncos have compiled a 37-1 record when registering more than 15 assists in a game.

COLORADO STATE (7-5, 0-0 MW)

  • Colorado State ranks 17th nationally, averaging 10.3 made 3-pointers per game. Senior guard Antwan Scott is connecting on 46.9 percent of his 3-point attempts this season. This figure leads the Mountain West and is tied for 19th nationally.
  • The Rams average 84.2 points per game, which leads the Mountain West and ranks 26th nationally. In its last 10 games, Colorado State has poured in at least 90 points on five occasions. In two of the last three seasons, the Rams have led the MW in scoring.
  • Junior guard John Gillon ranks fifth among all Division I players, shooting 93.8 percent from the free throw line. On the year, Gillon is 61-of-65. 

FRESNO STATE (9-4, 0-0 MW)

  • Fresno State has won 20 of its last 21 games when leading at halftime.
  • The Bulldogs, who open Conference play on Dec. 30 vs. UNLV, haven’t won a conference opener since the 2010-11 season, when they defeated San José State (75-62) in the WAC opener. Since joining the MW, Fresno State is 0-3 in league openers.
  • Senior guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring (239-18.4), assists (60-4.6), steals (23-1.8) and free throws made (63) and attempted (82). Harris currently ranks fifth in program history with 1,545 points and he is 40 points away from moving into fourth-place.

NEVADA (8-4, 0-0 MW)

  • The Wolf Pack begins Mountain West play on Wednesday, Dec. 30 on the road at New Mexico. Since joining the MW, Nevada has compiled a 2-1 record in Conference openers.
  • Nevada head coach Eric Musselman coached New Mexico head coach Craig Neal with the Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) in 1993.
  • Nevada ranks second in the nation in blocked shots per game (7.1) and total blocks (85). If the Wolf Pack keep up this pace, they will set the Mountain West single-season blocked shots record, which is 223 by UNLV last season. The program record is 192 in 2007-08.

NEW MEXICO (7-6, 0-0 MW)

  • New Mexico, which is currently on a four-game losing skid, opens Mountain West action on Dec. 30 vs. Nevada. The Lobos have won four straight Conference openers and have a 10-6 record since the inception of the MW.
  • Nevada head coach Eric Musselman coached New Mexico head coach Craig Neal with the Rapid City Thrillers (CBA) in 1993.
  • Sophomore guard Elijah Brown is tied for 19th nationally with 255 total points. This ranks second in the Mountain West behind Wyoming’s Josh Adams, who ranks second nationally (323). Brown averages 17.3 points per game at home and 22.3 points on the road.

SAN DIEGO STATE (7-6, 0-0 MW)

  • The Aztecs conclude their five-game homestand on Wednesday, Dec. 30 in a MW opener vs. Wyoming, a rematch of the 2015 Mountain West tournament championship contests. SDSU has compiled a 12-4 record in Conference openers and have rattled off eight straight wins.
  • SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.0 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks fifth nationally and first in the Mountain West. The Aztecs are also limiting their opponents to 60.2 points per contest, which ranks 15th-best in Division I.
  • San Diego State’s leading scorer is freshman Jeremy Hemsley (13.2). The Aztecs haven’t been paced by a freshman since Kawhi Leonard in 2009-10.

SAN JOSÉ STATE (5-7, 0-0 MW)

  • San José State, which opens up Mountain West action on Wednesday, Dec. 30 vs. Utah State, is 0-2 in MW openers. The Spartans haven’t defeated the Aggies since Feb. 2008 and have dropped 16 straight contests in the series.
  • In their final nonconference game this season vs. Life Pacific, the Spartans scored a Mountain West record 128 points. The previous record was held by UNLV, who poured in 124 points vs. Central Arkansas on Dec. 28, 2011.
  • Senior forward Frank Rogers leads all Mountain West players with five double-doubles this season. Rogers has scored in double-figures eight times. On the year, he is averaging 14.5 points and eight boards per contest.

UNLV (9-4, 0-0 MW)

  • UNLV opens up Mountain West play at the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time since the 2010-11 season. In MW openers, the Rebels have a 6-10 record.
  • The Rebels have compiled a 16-1 record vs. Fresno State at home. Overall in the series, UNLV has won three in a row and seven of the last nine contests.
  • The Rebels are averaging 18 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks ninth nationally. In 13 games, they’ve registered 120 total steals, which ranks 10th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging three steals per contest and second with 39 total steals.

UTAH STATE (8-3, 0-0 MW)

  • For the second consecutive season, the Aggies open up Mountain West play against San José State. The Aggies, who have won 16 straight against the Spartans, have a 1-1 record in MW openers.
  • 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-4.4 per game.
  • Junior guard Shane Rector has won two games for Utah State at the free throw line. In the Aggies opener at Weber State, Rector hit two free throws to push the lead to three and ultimately win the game. In USU’s road contest at Missouri State, Rector made another pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to earn a 69-68 victory.

WYOMING (7-6, 0-0 MW)

  • Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks second nationally, averaging 26.9 points per game and pouring in 323 total points. The Cowboys open up MW play against a San Diego State squad that has only allowed four 20-point scorers this season.
  • Adams has scored at least 30 points in five games and more than 20 in 10 contests this season. He has scored 30-plus points in three straight games, something that hasn’t been accomplished by a Cowboy since Flynn Robinson in 1964-65.
  • Wyoming is 6-10 in Mountain West openers and have lost seven of its last 8 Conference opening games.