Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Monday, December 7
|Biola at San Diego State
||7 p.m. PT
|Tuesday, December 8
|San José State at Marquette
||Fox Sports 2||7 p.m. CT
|Air Force at Ohio State
||Big Ten Network||8 p.m. ET
|Wednesday, December 9
|Loyola Marymount at Boise State
||MWN - Institutional
||7 p.m. MT|
|Fresno State at #13/12 Arizona||Pac-12 Networks||7 p.m. MT|
|Arkansas-Fort Smith at Colorado State||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|Fresno Pacific at Nevada||MWN - Institutional
||7 p.m. PT|
|Utah State at BYU||BYUTV||7 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at Wichita State||ESPN2||8 p.m. CT|
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AIR FORCE (6-2, 0-0 MW)
- Air Force ends a short two-game road trip at Ohio State on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This will be the first meeting between the two programs, and only the Falcons’ third meeting against a Big Ten institution since the inception of the Mountain West.
- 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 ranks 12th nationally in steals per game (2.75) and total steals (22). In both of those categories, he ranks second in the MW, trailing UNLV’s Patrick McCaw.
BOISE STATE (5-4, 0-0 MW)
- Boise State has won 11 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. The Broncos will have a chance to run the streak up to 13 in a row this week with home games vs. Loyola Marymount and #24/23 Oregon.
- Senior Anthony Drmic ranks No. 9 on the Mountain West all-time scoring list with 1,649 points. Drmic is 249 points shy of entering the MW top 5.
- 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 (5-3, 0-0 MW)
- Colorado State looks to snap a three-game losing skid against Arkansas-Fort Smith on Dec. 9. The Lions, a Division II program, own a 7-1 record and are riding a five-game win streak. In their most recent game, they tied a school record, scoring 124 points.
- Against UTEP on Nov. 28, the Rams pulled down 73 total rebounds. This is the most by a Division I team this season and the most by a D-I team since at least 2011-12. The
- Rams have won the rebounding battle in seven of eight games this season and rank 18th nationally, pulling down 43.9 boards per contest.
Junior guard John Gillon has connected on 49-of-51 free throw attempts this season. That 96.1 percentage ranks fourth nationally and first in the MW.
FRESNO STATE (6-2, 0-0 MW)
- Senior guard Marvelle Harris has scored at least 10 points in 35 straight regular season games, and in 37 of the Bulldogs’ last 40 contests. Harris is averaging 19.0 points per game to begin the 2015-16 campaign.
- Fresno State travels to #13/12 Arizona on Dec. 9 searching for its first road victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since Feb. 24, 2000 (#12 Tulsa; 73-72). A win on Wednesday would also snap a seven-game losing streak to Pac-12 institutions. The last Bulldogs victory against the Pac-12 came at Arizona State (68-65) on Dec. 21, 2011.
- This season, Fresno State has scored at least 80 points on four occasions, which is one more than last season. Under head coach Rodney Terry, the Bulldogs are 19-2 when scoring 80 or more points.
NEVADA (5-3, 0-0 MW)
- Nevada leads the nation in blocked shots per game (7.9) and total blocks (63). 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.
- Wolf Pack freshman forward Cameron Oliver leads the Mountain West and ranks 14th nationally with a 2.75 blocks per contest average. Oliver’s total blocks (22) rank 11th in Division I and are the second-most by a freshman, trailing St. John’s Yankuba Sima (30).
- In all eight games this season, the Wolf Pack has outrebounded their opponent. Nevada holds a 4.4 rebounding margin per contest.
NEW MEXICO (5-2, 0-0 MW)
- The Lobos will play one game this week, as they host Northern Iowa on Saturday, Dec. 12. UNM already holds a 1-0 advantage over institutions from the Missouri Valley, as it defeated Loyola University Chicago on Nov. 18, as a part of the MW/MVC Challenge.
- New Mexico has the second-best 3-point defense in the Mountain West, limiting its opponents to just 28.7 percent shooting from long distance. In the Lobos last outing at Purdue, they held the Boilermakers to 3-of-21 shooting from beyond the arc. Entering the game, Purdue was averaging 10.1 made 3-pointers per contest.
- The Lobos have won seven consecutive games in The Pit. UNM was last defeated at home on Feb. 21, 2015 by UNLV (76-68).
SAN DIEGO STATE (5-4, 0-0 MW)
- The Aztecs, who were defeated on Sunday afternoon by San Diego, have won 22 straight games following a loss, an active streak that leads the nation. They’ll have a chance to continue that streak with a home contest on Dec. 7 vs. Biola.
- Monday’s contest vs. Biola is the start of a five-game home stand, which includes games against Nicholls State (Dec. 10), Grand Canyon (Dec. 18), #2/7 Kansas (Dec. 22) and Wyoming (Dec. 30). This is the Aztecs longest home stretch of the season.
- The San Diego State defense ranks 17th nationally in field-goal percentage (36.4). This figure ranks second in the Mountain West.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (4-4, 0-0 MW)
- Senior forward Frank Rogers has racked up five double-doubles this season, including four straight. This leads the Mountain West and is tied for ninth nationally. He is the first Spartan player with four consecutive double-doubles since 2012-13. Another double-double effort vs. Marquette (Dec. 8) will make him the first SJSU player since 2005 (Marquin Chandler) with five straight.
- San José State is averaging 16.5 assists per contest, which leads the Mountain West. In four of its last five games, SJSU has assisted on at least 20 buckets.
- A victory on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Marquette will give the Spartans three victories away from San Jose this season. This would tie as the most road wins since 2013-14.
UNLV (7-1, 0-0 MW)
- The Rebels, who are coming off a victory over nationally-ranked Oregon, travel to Wichita State as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge. The Shockers were ranked in the preseason but injuries have contributed to a 3-4 start. The MW currently holds a 4-2 advantage in the Challenge Series with four contests remaining.
- UNLV is currently riding a four-game win streak, its longest streak since winning four in a row beginning on Jan. 22, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2014. The last time the Rebels won five straight was that same season when they won seven from Dec. 18, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2014.
- The Rebels are averaging 19.3 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks fourth nationally. In eight games, they’ve registered 77 total steals.
UTAH STATE (5-1, 0-0 MW)
- After not playing since Dec. 1, Utah State will end its three-game road trip at BYU on Dec. 9. This will be the 232nd meeting between the two institutions, with the Cougars winning 138 times.
- On the year, the Aggies are outscoring their opponent 223-173 in the first half and are 5-0 when leading at the intermission.
- 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 last outing, Rector made another pair of free throws with three seconds remaining to earn a 69-68 victory at Missouri State. With less than a minute to play, Rector is a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
WYOMING (5-3, 0-0 MW)
- The Cowboys had their 16-game nonconference home win streak snapped against nationally-ranked California on Dec. 5. They’ll look to begin a new streak with a home contest vs. Southern on Thursday, Dec. 10.
- At home in November and December, Wyoming has a 47-2 record under head coach Larry Shyatt. Overall under Shyatt in those two months, the Cowboys are 56-13.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth nationally, averaging 24.9 points per game. On the season, Adams has scored more than 30 points twice and at least 20 on five occasions.