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 (10-6, 1-2 MW)
- After winning four straight, including its Mountain West opener vs. San José State, Air Force has lost two in a row. The Falcons will look to return to winning ways as they go on the road to face Utah State (1/12) and UNLV (1/16). The Falcons have a 1-9 road Mountain West record in their last 10 outings. The lone victory came on Jan. 28, 2015 at SJSU (66-52).
- Junior forward Hayden Graham is currently averaging 14.9 points and 7.3 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.
- In games decided by seven points or fewer this season, Air Force is 6-1. The Falcons lone loss came in the season opener at Southern Illinois (77-75).
BOISE STATE (12-4, 3-0 MW)
- Boise State has won nine straight games overall, which is tied for the seventh-longest win streak nationally. The Broncos last loss came on Nov. 29, 2015 vs. nationally-ranked Arizona (68-59). This is their first nine-game win streak since the 1991-92 season. The program record is 10 straight victories, set from Dec. 29, 1987 - Jan. 28, 1988.
- The Broncos have an opportunity to tie the school record with a game on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Nevada. Boise State has won four of five in the series, but the Wolf Pack hold an overall advantage 40-25.
- Broncos forward James Webb III has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games. On the season, Webb III ranks fifth in the Conference averaging 16.6 points per game and pulls down 8.4 boards per contest, which leads the MW.
COLORADO STATE (10-6, 2-1 MW)
- Colorado State puts its two-game Conference win streak on the line against San Diego State on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The series between the Rams and Aztecs is tied 38-38, but since the inception of the Mountain West, SDSU holds a 26-11 advantage.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks sixth nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 90.4. On the year, Gillon has connected on 71-of-77 from the charity stripe. Last week, Gillon hit two game winners. Against UNLV (1/6), Gillon made 1-of-2 free throws with 1.1 seconds left to give CSU a 66-65 victory. On Saturday, Jan. 9, Gillon made a driving layup with 14 seconds left in OT to life the Rams over San José State.
- The Rams, who lead the MW averaging 82.4 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)
- The Bulldogs have a bye to begin the week but 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 (10-6, 2-2 MW)
- The Wolf Pack earned their 10th victory of the season last Saturday at Air Force. The 10 wins surpass last seasons total of nine. Nevada will look to add to its win total with a home contest vs. Boise State on Wednesday, Jan. 13. This is Nevada’s only game of the week.
- Nevada ranks fifth in the nation in total blocks (105) and blocked shots per game (6.6). 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 19th nationally, averaging 2.56 blocks per game. This leads the Mountain West and is the second-best single-game average by a freshman nationally.
NEW MEXICO (10-6, 3-0 MW)
- New Mexico looks to continue its undefeated start to Mountain West play as the Lobos travel to UNLV on Tuesday, Jan. 12. UNM hasn’t rattled off four straight victories to begin league play since 2012-13 (4).
- New Mexico is 10-1 this season when leading at the half.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks 24th in Division I and first in the Mountain West with a field goal percentage of 60.1 percent. Williams, who is 101-for-168 from the field, is one of seven players in the top 25 to attempt at least 165 shots. In his last game, Williams shot 9-of-13 for 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
SAN DIEGO STATE (10-6, 3-0 MW)
- The Aztecs will travel to Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 13, a place they’ve lost four of the last five times. SDSU is searching for a 4-0 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 five straight regular season league contests.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.4 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks fourth nationally and first in the Mountain West. The Aztecs also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 60.4 points per contest, which ranks eighth.
- In three Conference games, Aztecs senior Winston Shepard is averaging 17 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per contest.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (5-11, 0-4 MW)
- San José State, which hosts Wyoming on Wednesday, Jan. 13, has lost 27 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 a 1-38 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. Rogers has scored in double-figures 11 times. On the year, he is averaging 13.9 points and 7.4 boards per contest.
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with a total of 261 assists and an average of 16.3 helpers per game. Last year, SJSU averaged 9.8 assists per contest.
UNLV (9-7, 0-3 MW)
- UNLV’s Dave Rice resigned from his head coaching position on Sunday, Jan. 10. Rice, who compiled a 98-54 record in about four and a half seasons at UNLV, will be replaced by associate head coach Todd Simon.
- The Rebels host New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 12. A loss would represent the first time UNLV has been 0-4 in league play since 1994-95, when it was in the Big West.
- The Rebels are averaging 17.06 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 14th nationally. In 16 games, they’ve registered 139 total steals, which ranks 15th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks third nationally, averaging 2.94 steals per contest and second with 47 total steals.
UTAH STATE (9-6, 1-3 MW)
- The Aggies host Air Force on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Utah State holds a 12-3 advantage against the Falcons, including a perfect 7-0 record at home.
- 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-1.3 per game.
- Aggies junior Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive contests and 13 times overall this season. In Mountain West games, Moore has posted 14 straight double-digit performances. On the year, Moore is averaging 15 points per game.
WYOMING (9-8, 2-2 MW)
- Wyoming has a pair of road Conference games this week, starting at San José State on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The Cowboys hold an 8-1 advantage over the Spartans, with the lone loss coming on Feb. 22, 1997 (67-62).
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth nationally, averaging 24.8 points per game and ranks third in total points (397). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 12 of the Cowboys 17 contests, including five games with at least 30.
- Wyoming leads the Mountain West and ranks 27th nationally with a team free-throw percentage of 74.4 percent. This is up nearly five percent from last year.