Mountain West Men's Basketball Postseason Release
- The Falcons have finished with 14 victories for the second year in a row. This is tied for the most wins in a single season since 2012-13 (18).
- Air Force and UNLV’s first round meeting in the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championships finished after three overtime periods. This was the first triple OT thriller in MW tournament history and longest game involving a MW team since Jan. 17, 2015 (Wyoming at Fresno State; 3 OT). This was only the seventh 3 OT game played by a MW member.
- Falcons forward Hayden Graham finished the season with a 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game average. Graham is 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 (20-12, 11-7 MW)
- Boise State finished with at least 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season. 2015-16 was also the fourth straight year that the Broncos finished with a winning Conference record.
- Broncos senior Anthony Drmic finished his career with 1,942 career points, the second-most in program history. Drmic falls two points shy of tying the school record, set by Tanoka Beard. The 1,942 points are the fifth-most in MW history.
- Junior forward James Webb III finished the season leading the Mountain West and finishing in the top-50 nationally with 283 total rebounds.
COLORADO STATE (18-16, 8-10 MW)
- CSU ranked first in the Mountain West, averaging 79.4 points per game. This was the third time in four years the Rams have led the Conference in scoring. CSU racked up 2,700 total points, setting a program record for single-season points.
- The Rams rank 6th 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 96 3-pointers this season, which is a program record. The previous record was set by Andy Birley (90) in 2003.
- The Rams pulled down 1,359 rebounds this season, the most in the Mountain West and the best single-season mark by CSU since 2012-13 (1,400).
FRESNO STATE (25-9, 13-5 MW)
- Fresno State has earned a spot in the 2016 NCAA Tournament by winning the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship. The Bulldogs, who defeated San Diego State in the final, are in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001. FS will play Utah in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
- The Bulldogs 25 victories in the regular season are the most wins by FS since 1983-84 (25-8).
- Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth 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 16th nationally, averaging 8.2 steals per contest.
NEVADA (19-13, 10-8 MW)
- In his first season as head coach of Nevada, Eric Musselman has led the Wolf Pack to its first postseason appearance since 2012, when Nevada made it to the quarterfinals of the NIT. The Wolf Pack are searching for their first 20-win season since 2011-12 (28).
- The Wolf Pack will host Montana in the first round of the CBI. Nevada won the last meeting between the two teams back on Dec. 10, 2011 (70-64). Overall, the Wolf Pack and Grizzlies have met 40 times, with Nevada winning 22 times.
- Nevada ranks sixth in the nation in blocked shots per game (5.7) and ninth in total blocks (182). The program record is 192 set in 2007-08.
NEW MEXICO (17-15, 10-8 MW)
- New Mexico has failed to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year. The Lobos season finished with a quarterfinals loss against Nevada in the Mountain West tournament.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranked first in the Mountain West and 20th nationally with a field-goal percentage of 60.4 percent. Williams was 215-for-356 from the field this season. In Lobo history, only seven other players have finished the season shooting higher than 60 percent. As a team, New Mexico led the Mountain West, shooting 46.5 percent from the field.
- Sophomore guard Elijah Brown made 217 free-throw attempts on the year, a sophomore Mountain West record. The 217 makes fall two short of the top 5 single-season list. This mark ranked sixth nationally. Brown attempted 255 free throws, which was also a sophomore MW record.
SAN DIEGO STATE (25-9, 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.
- San Diego State hosts IPFW in the first round of the NIT. This is the Aztecs’ 11th consecutive postseason appearance, a program record. SDSU and IPFW are meeting for the third time all-time, with the Aztecs winning both previous contests. These two teams last met on Dec. 30 2002.
SDSU limits its opponents to just 37.1 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.
- With a victory on Tuesday, Skylar Spencer, the nation’s fifth-leading active shot blocker with 291 career swats, will have registered his 107th career victory. This would set a Mountain West record. Spencer currently shares the top spot with New Mexico’s Kendall Williams.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (9-22, 4-14 MW)
- San José State finished the season with nine victories, tied for the most since 2010-11 (17).
- 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 48, 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)
- For the second consecutive season, UNLV finished with an 18-15 record. The Rebels haven’t won 20 games in a season since 2013-14.
- The Rebels averaged 15.27 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 22nd nationally. In 33 games, they’ve registered 266 total steals, which ranks 12th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fifth nationally, averaging 2.45 steals per contest and 81 total steals. McCaw’s 81 steals are fourth-most in a single-season by a MW player.
- The Rebels are averaging 78.2 points per contest this season, which is second in the Mountain West and the most by a UNLV squad since 2001-02 (78.3).
UTAH STATE (16-15, 7-11 MW)
- Utah State will return junior wing Jalen Moore next season. Moore was named third-team All-Mountain West by the league’s coaches in 2015-16. He averaged 15.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.
- The Aggies received strong production from their bench, outscoring opponent’s in 22 games on the year while compiling a 14-8 record.
- In games decided by five points or less, Utah State finished with a 1-5 record on the year.
WYOMING (14-18, 7-11 MW)
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks third nationally, averaging 24.7 points per game and has poured in 740 total points (5th). Adams has scored more than 20 points in 21 of the Cowboys’ 32 contests, including nine games with at least 30. His 740 points are the fourth-most in a single-season by a MW player.
- Junior Jason McManamen finished the season ranked 18th nationally and led the Mountain West with a 3-point field goal percentage of 44.0. Adams tied for 20th with 96 made 3-pointers, which is just outside the MW single-season top 5.
- Wyoming’s 14 victories were its fewest since 2010-11 when they won 10 games. After that season, the Cowboys bounced back with four 20-win seasons.