Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, February 16
|UNLV at Air Force*||CBS Sports Network||7:30 p.m. MT|
|Wednesday, February 17
|Colorado State at Utah State*||ESPN3||7 p.m. MT|
|Fresno State at Wyoming*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
|Nevada at San José State*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. PT|
|Boise State at New Mexico*||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, February 20
|New Mexico at Air Force*||ROOT SPORTS||Noon MT|
|Wyoming at Colorado State*||MWN - Campus Insiders||2 p.m. MT|
|Utah State at Fresno State*||ROOT SPORTS||3 p.m. PT|
|Nevada at UNLV*||CBS Sports Network||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, February 21
|San Diego State at San José State*||CBS Sports Network||1 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (12-14, 3-10 MW)
- The Falcons have lost 10 of their last 12 contests but have won two of the last three. Air Force will host UNLV and New Mexico this week. AFA has a 11-33 record against the Rebels, but nine of the 11 victories have come in Colorado Springs.
- Air Force has a 10-2 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points, including 2-0 last week. UNLV is averaging 77.3 points per contest and 76.5 points in Mountain West games.
- Falcons forward Hayden Graham is averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 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 boards per contest in 2006-07.
BOISE STATE (17-9, 8-5 MW)
- Boise State will travel to New Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Lobos defeated the Broncos on Jan. 30 (88-83). The two teams have met 10 times, with UNM winning seven of those contest.
- Under head coach Leon Rice, the Broncos are 49-6 when scoring at least 80 points. This season Boise State has a 10-2 record when scoring 80-plus points.
- Junior forward James Webb III leads the Mountain West and ranks 27th nationally with 238 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 (14-11, 6-6 MW)
- Colorado State travels to Utah State seeking revenge after losing to the Aggies at home on Jan. 16 (96-92). Head coach Larry Eustachy is 1-4 against Utah State and overall CSU is trailing in the series 47-36.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks ninth nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 89.3. On the year, Gillon has connected on 100-of-112 from the charity stripe. The Rams haven’t had a player shoot better than 90 percent from the free throw line since 2001 (John Sivesind - .908).
- CSU ranks first in the Mountain West, averaging 81 points per game. The Rams have racked up 2,025 total points and are on pace to set the program single-season record, which is 2,553 set in 2012-13.
FRESNO STATE (16-9, 7-5 MW)
- Fresno State travels to Wyoming on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The two teams have split their last six meetings. The Bulldogs defeated the Cowboys 71-60 in Fresno on Jan. 26.
- The Bulldogs are 11-1 when holding its opponent to fewer than 70 points this season. A 65-53 loss at San José State on Feb. 3 snapped the Bulldogs’ 15-game win streak when allowing less than 70 points, a streak that dated back to Jan. 27, 2015 at San Diego State (58-47).
- Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks ninth nationally with a turnover margin of +4. This is the best turnover margin by a Bulldogs squad since at least 1999-2000.
NEVADA (15-9, 7-5 MW)
- In his first season as head coach of Nevada, Eric Musselman has led the Wolf Pack to its first 15-win season since the 2013-14 season. One more victory would give Nevada its most wins since 2011-12 (28-7).
- Nevada ranks third in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.2) and seventh in total blocks (148). The program record is 192 set in 2007-08.
- Nevada freshman forward Cameron Oliver set a Mountain West record with 24 rebounds vs. Fresno State on Feb. 13. Oliver also poured in 20 points, producing the MW’s first 20-20 game since Feb. 18, 2012 (New Mexico’s Drew Gordon). The 24 boards are the most in Division I this season, and the most by a freshman since Feb. 5, 2014 (Gardner-Webb’s Tyrell Nelson; 25). Dating back to 2009-10, only 10 players nationally have recorded at least 24 rebounds in a single game.
NEW MEXICO (15-10, 8-4 MW)
- New Mexico plays Boise State for the second time this season and the 11th time overall. The Lobos hold a 7-3 lead in the series all-time, including a win earlier this year.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West and 19th nationally with a field-goal percentage of 60.7 percent. Williams is 179-for-295 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 47.2 percent from the field.
- In Mountain West action, the Lobos are averaging 78.6 points per game. This is the highest scoring average UNM has recorded in Conference play. The previous best was 77.6 during the 1999-2000 season.
SAN DIEGO STATE (19-7, 12-1 MW)
- The Aztecs set a Mountain West record rattling off 11 straight Conference victories before suffering their first defeat, losing at Fresno State 58-57 on Feb. 10. SDSU bounced back with a home win over Air Force and will now go on the road for a pair of games at San José State and Wyoming.
- San Diego State and San José State have split the overall series 34-34, but the Aztecs have won five straight, which is their longest win streak against the Spartans.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 36.8 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 60.2 points per contest, which ranks fifth.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (8-17, 3-10 MW)
- San José State has won back-to-back home games and will now host Nevada (Feb. 17) and San Diego State (Feb. 21). Wednesday will be the only regular season meeting between the Spartans and Wolf Pack this season. The Wolf Pack have won two straight over SJSU, but the Spartans have won seven of the last nine.
- Freshman forward Cody Schwartz leads all Mountain West freshmen with 44 made 3-pointers this season. Schwartz’s freshman teammate Ryan Welage has connected on 41 of his 3-point attempts.
- The Spartans lead the Mountain West with an average of 15.1 assists per game and second with 377 helpers. The 15.1 assists are the most by a Spartans squad since the 1984-85 season (16.2).
UNLV (15-11, 6-7 MW)
- UNLV is 6-4 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico, and has won two straight. The Rebels travel to Air Force on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The Rebels hold a 33-11 series advantage over the Falcons, but have lost nine times at Clune Arena.
- The Rebels are averaging 15.81 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 17th nationally. In 26 games, they’ve registered 217 total steals, which ranks 14th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging 2.65 steals per contest, and third with 69 total steals, which is a MW sophomore record (previously held by UNLV’s Wink Adams in 2005-06).
- The Rebels are averaging 77.3 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 (12-11, 4-8 MW)
- Utah State snapped a five-game losing streak with a home victory over New Mexico last week. The Aggies will look to string together wins when they host Colorado State on Wednesday, Feb. 17. USU beat CSU on the road earlier this season 96-92.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 17 games, compiling a 11-6 record.
- The Aggies are 11-2 on the year when leading at halftime, losing only to UNLV and Boise State. USU is 10-2 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, it is undefeated (7-0) when limiting its opponents to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (12-14, 5-8 MW)
- Wyoming hosts Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Cowboys and Bulldogs have split the last six meetings. On Jan. 16, Fresno State defeated Wyoming at home 71-60.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally, averaging 24.3 points per game and pouring in 583 total points. Adams has scored more than 20 points in 17 of the Cowboys 25 contests, including seven games with at least 30. Adams is 29 points shy of entering Wyoming’s top 10 for single season points (612 - Brandon Ewing in 2008-09).
- Junior Jason McManamen ranks 19th nationally and leads the Mountain West with a 3-point field goal percentage of 44.5.