Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, January 2
|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*||ESPN3||5 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at Utah State*||ESPNU||8 p.m. MT|
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AIR FORCE (9-4, 0-0 MW)
- The Falcons, who are 7-1 at home this season, hosts San José State on Saturday, Jan. 2 in their Mountain West opener. Air Force is 8-8 in MW lid-lifters, including a 5-4 mark at home.
- 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).
- Sophomore guard Trevor Lyons, who is second in the Mountain West with 28 total steals, ranks 16th nationally. Lyons needs 25 more steals to enter the Air Force top 5 single-season mark.
BOISE STATE (9-4, 0-0 MW)
- Boise State has won 15 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 and ties for the longest home win streak under head coach Leon Rice. In Boise State history, this is tied for the third-longest streak. The program record is 19, set from March 1997 to January 1999.
- Since joining the Mountain West in 2011, the Broncos are 2-2 in Conference openers. The last time Boise State opened at home was on Jan. 4, 2014 and the Broncos defeated Fresno State (86-79).
- Senior Anthony Drmic became the third player in Mountain West history to tally career totals of 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals, joining Lee Cummard (BYU; 2005-09) and Wink Adams (UNLV; 2005-09).
COLORADO STATE (8-5, 0-0 MW)
- Colorado State opens Mountain West play on the road at Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 2. The Rams are 5-11 in Conference openers, including a 4-6 mark on the road.
- Colorado State ranks 11th in total free throws made (248) and 22nd in free throws attempted (340), but they rank 53rd with a free-throw percentage of 72.9. Senior guard John Gillon ranks ninth nationally, connecting on 92.5 percent from the charity stripe.
- The Rams have held their last three opponents to 61 or fewer points, a feat they also accomplished in December 2014.
FRESNO STATE (10-4, 0-0 MW)
- The Bulldogs, who won their first conference opener since the 2010-11 season, is searching for their first 2-0 conference start since the 2009-10 campaign. That season, Fresno State began WAC play 3-0, defeating Boise State (71-68), Hawai‘i (78-64) and San José State (80-70).
- At 10-4, Fresno State is off to its best start since a 12-2 start in 2006.
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs in scoring (261-18.6), assists (60-4.3), steals (24-1.7) and free throws made (70) and attempted (93). Harris currently ranks fifth in program history with 1,567 points and he is 18 points away from moving into fourth-place.
NEVADA (8-5, 0-0 MW)
- Nevada ranks first in the nation in total blocks (92) and third nationally in blocked shots per game (7.1). 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.
- Nevada controls the glass, ranking 10th nationally with 43.08 rebounds per contest and 16th with 560 total boards.
- After a Mountain West opening loss at New Mexico, Nevada will host Wyoming on Saturday, Jan. 2. The Cowboys have won 12 of the last 13 contests against the Wolf Pack, including three straight.
NEW MEXICO (8-6, 0-0 MW)
- The Lobos travel on the road to Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 2. New Mexico, which defeated Nevada on Dec. 30, searches for a 2-0 Conference start for the fourth consecutive year.
- Sophomore guard Elijah Brown is tied for 14th nationally with 279 total points. This ranks second in the Mountain West behind Wyoming’s Josh Adams, who ranks fourth nationally (339). Brown is also one of the best players in the country when it comes to drawing fouls. The sophomore has attempted 98 free throws, which ranks as 15th-most in Division I.
- New Mexico is 8-1 this season when leading at half.
SAN DIEGO STATE (8-6, 0-0 MW)
- The Aztecs go on the road for a Saturday, Jan. 2 contest at Utah State. SDSU has won three straight conference games away from Viejas Arena.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.1 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 59.8 points per contest, which ranks 10th-best in Division I.
- San Diego State’s leading scorer is freshman Jeremy Hemsley (13.4). The Aztecs haven’t been paced by a freshman since Kawhi Leonard in 2009-10.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (5-8, 0-0 MW)
- San José State, which travels to Air Force on Saturday, Jan. 2, has lost 24 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 is 19th-best nationally. Rogers has scored in double-figures nine times. On the year, he is averaging 12.2 points and 8.2 boards per contest.
- Freshman Ryan Welage has connected on 21-of-51 3-point attempts this season. Welage’s 21 makes are the most by a MW freshman this season.
UNLV (9-5, 0-0 MW)
- UNLV is off on Saturday and will return to Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Colorado State.
- A loss on Jan. 6 in Fort Collins 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 11th nationally. In 14 games, they’ve registered 125 total steals, which ranks ninth in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging 2.9 steals per contest and second with 40 total steals.
UTAH STATE (9-3, 0-0 MW)
- Utah State began Mountain West play with a victory on the road at San José State. On Saturday, Jan. 2, the Aggies will look to go 2-0 when they host San Diego State. A victory would be Utah State’s second consecutive year opening Conference play with two straight wins.
- 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-3.6 per game.
- Junior win Jalen Moore poured in a season-best 21 points in the Aggies MW opener at San José State. This was Moore’s 10th double-figures scoring performance of the season and 43rd of his career.
WYOMING (7-7, 0-0 MW)
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks third nationally, averaging 26.1 points per game and fourth pouring in 339 total points. In the Conference opener, San Diego State limited Josh Adams to 16 points, his fewest point total since the season opener on Nov. 16 at Indiana State (13).
- The Cowboys continue Mountain West action on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Nevada. Wyoming is looking to avoid its first 0-2 Conference start since the 2013-14 season, when it lost at Nevada (61-58) and at home to New Mexico (72-69 in OT).
- Wyoming leads the Mountain West and ranks 22nd nationally with a team free-throw percentage of 75.0 percent. This is up nearly five percent from last year.