Mountain West Men's Basketball Championship Release
- The Falcons enter the 2016 MW Tournament on a three-game losing streak and will be the No. 10 seed. AFA has a 3-16 record all-time in the MW tournament, including a 0-1 record as the 10 seed.
- Air Force has a 10-3 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points.
- Falcons forward Hayden Graham is averaging 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. At this clip, Graham will be the first Air Force player to finish the season with an average of at least 10 points and five boards since Jacob Burtschi, who poured in 13.5 points and grabbed six rebounds per contest in 2006-07.
BOISE STATE (20-11, 11-7 MW)
- Boise State, which is the No. 3 seed in this week’s event, has a 3-4 record all-time in the MW tournament. In four years, the Broncos have been a top-3 seed twice. Last year, BSU was the No. 1 seed and compiled a 1-1 record.
- Broncos senior Anthony Drmic has scored 1,930 career points, the second-most in program history. Drmic is 15 points away from taking over the top spot in the Boise State record book. Additionally, his 1,930 points are the fifth-most in MW history.
- Junior forward James Webb III leads the Mountain West and ranks 39th nationally with 277 total rebounds. Webb III has a chance to eclipse 300 rebounds this season, which would make him the fourth Bronco all-time to accomplish this feat.
COLORADO STATE (16-15, 8-10 MW)
- Colorado State is the No. 6 seed in this week’s conference tournament. The Rams are 10-15 all-time in the MW event, including 4-1 as the No. 6 seed. In 2003, CSU won the championship as the 6-seed.
- CSU ranks first in the Mountain West, averaging 79.9 points per game. The Rams have racked up 2,476 total points and have a chance to set the program single-season record, which is 2,553 (2012-13).
- The Rams rank 18th nationally and second in the Mountain West with 9.6 made 3-pointers per game. CSU is led by senior guard Antwan Scott, who has made 88 3-pointers this season, which is tied for the second-most in program history and the most since Andy Birley made 90 in 2003. 90 is the program record.
FRESNO STATE (22-9, 13-5 MW)
- Fresno State, whose 13 MW wins are the most league victories by the Bulldogs since 2002-03, are the No. 2 seed for the first time as MW members. The Bulldogs are 1-3 all-time in the MW tournament. FS lone victory came in 2014 over Air Force in the 7-10 game.
- The Bulldogs 22 victories in the regular season are the most wins by FS since 2006-07 (22-10).
- Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks sixth nationally with a turnover margin of +4.3. This is the best turnover margin by a Bulldogs squad since at least 1999-2000. Additionally, the Bulldogs are 15th nationally, averaging 8.3 steals per contest.
NEVADA (18-12, 10-8 MW)
- In his first season as head coach of Nevada, Eric Musselman has led the Wolf Pack to its first 18-win season since the 2011-12 season (28-7). Nevada doubled last year’s overall and Conference win totals. The Wolf Pack will be searching for their first MW tournament victory (0-3) this week.
- Nevada ranks seventh in the nation in blocked shots per game (5.7) and 11th in total blocks (172). The program record is 192 set in 2007-08.
- Nevada freshman forward Cameron Oliver, who already set a Mountain West record with 24 rebounds vs. Fresno State on Feb. 13, has pulled down 258 total rebounds. The mark is the the most by a MW freshman since 2012-13 when UNLV’s Anthony Bennett pulled down 285 boards. The 258 boards are seventh most nationally by a freshman.
NEW MEXICO (17-14, 10-8 MW)
- New Mexico enters the 2016 MW Tournament with a .571 win percentage (16-12). The Lobos are 2-1 as the 4-seed in the Conference tournament all-time.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West and 18th nationally with a field-goal percentage of 61.0 percent. Williams is 210-for-344 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 46.8 percent from the field.
- Against Fresno State on Feb. 27, sophomore guard Elijah Brown scored 41 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. This was the first 40-10 game by a Mountain West player since Feb. 24, 2003 when Ruben Douglas scored 43 points and tallied 12 boards at San Diego State. The 41 points are a MW sophomore record.
SAN DIEGO STATE (23-8, 16-2 MW)
- San Diego State enters the 2016 Mountain West Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the fourth time as members of the MW. The Aztecs have a 7-2 record as the top seed. The No. 1 seed has won the tournament four times.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 37.0 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 60.3 points per contest, which ranks fourth.
- The Aztecs have won at least a share of the Mountain West regular-season crown the last three seasons and in five of the last six years. SDSU has won four MW tournament titles.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (9-21, 4-14 MW)
- San José State, the 11-seed in this weeks event, is 0-1 all-time in the Mountain West tournament. The Spartans lone loss came in the 6 vs. 11 matchup against Boise State in 2014 (83-52).
- Freshman forward Cody Schwartz has connected on 52 3-pointers this season, which leads all Mountain West freshmen. Schwartz’s teammate Ryan Welage has made 46, the second-most among that group.
- Freshman guard Brandon Clarke was named Mountain West’s Sixth Man of the Year. Clarke, who averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in Conference action, is the first freshman to win this award and the first Spartan to earn a postseason MW honor.
UNLV (17-14, 8-10 MW)
- UNLV enters the 2016 Mountain West Tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Rebels, who are 25-12 in the event, are 1-1 as the 7-seed. UNLV defeated Nevada last year as the 7-seed before losing to San Diego State in the quarterfinals.
- The Rebels are averaging 15.42 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 20th nationally. In 31 games, they’ve registered 254 total steals, which ranks 16th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fifth nationally, averaging 2.55 steals per contest and fourth with 79 total steals. McCaw’s 79 steals are fourth-most in a single-season by a MW player.
- The Rebels are averaging 77.1 points per contest this season, which is third in the Mountain West and the most by a UNLV squad since 2001-02 (78.3).
UTAH STATE (15-14, 7-11 MW)
- Utah State has a 1-2 all-time MW tournament record, but has lost two straight games after defeating Colorado State in the opening round in 2014. The Aggies are the No. 9 seed, the lowest seed since joining the MW.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 21 games, compiling a 13-8 record.
- The Aggies are 14-4 on the year when leading at halftime, losing to UNLV, Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State. USU is 13-3 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, it is undefeated (9-0) when limiting its opponents to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (14-17, 7-11 MW)
- Wyoming, the 8-seed in the 2016 MW Tournament, is the defending MW champions after defeating San Diego State in the 2015 championship. The Cowboys, have an 11-15 all-time tournament record.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks third nationally, averaging 24.9 points per game and has poured in 722 total points (5th). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 21 of the Cowboys’ 31 contests, including nine games with at least 30.
- Junior Jason McManamen ranks 11th nationally and leads the Mountain West with a 3-point field goal percentage of 45.2. Adams ranks 21st with 94 made 3-pointers, which is just outside the MW single-season top 5.