Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|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|
Mountain West 3-Pointers
AIR FORCE (13-14, 4-10 MW)
- The Falcons, who have won three of their last four games, host New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 20. Air Force’s last five contests at Clune Arena have finished within eight points.
- Air Force has a 10-2 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. New Mexico is averaging 77.7 points per contest and 78.7 points in Mountain West games, which leads the Conference.
- Falcons forward Hayden Graham is averaging 13.9 points and 6.2 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 (17-10, 8-6 MW)
- Boise State, which has dropped five of its last seven contests, has a bye over the weekend before hosting UNLV on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
- 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 25th nationally with 251 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 (14-12, 6-7 MW)
- Colorado State hosts Wyoming in the 225th edition of the Border War. These two teams met earlier this year (Jan. 30), with the Cowboys winning 83-76 at home. The Rams have won eight of the last 13 matchups since the 2009-10 season.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks eighth nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 89.7. On the year, Gillon has connected on 104-of-116 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 80.2 points per game. The Rams have racked up 2,084 total points and are on pace to set the program single-season record, which is 2,553 set in 2012-13.
FRESNO STATE (17-9, 8-5 MW)
- Fresno State, winners of three of its last four games, hosts Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Bulldogs have the highest home win percentage in the Mountain West at .867 (13-2). They hold a 15-8 advantage in Fresno against Utah State.
- 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 14th nationally with a turnover margin of +3.6. This is the best turnover margin by a Bulldogs squad since at least 1999-2000.
NEVADA (16-9, 8-5 MW)
- In his first season as head coach of Nevada, Eric Musselman has led the Wolf Pack to its first 16-win season since the 2011-12 season (28-7).
- Nevada ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.0) and ninth in total blocks (150). 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 (16-10, 9-4 MW)
- New Mexico, which enters the weekend in outright second place in the Mountain West, travels to Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Lobos handled the Falcons at the end of January, defeating them by 29 points (84-55).
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West and 19th nationally with a field-goal percentage of 60.4 percent. Williams is 183-for-303 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 47.1 percent from the field.
- In Mountain West action, the Lobos are averaging 78.7 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 sixth.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (8-18, 3-11 MW)
- San José State has won two of its last three home games and will now host San Diego State on Sunday, Feb. 21. The Aztecs defeated the Spartans by 15 in San Diego at the beginning of January. The all-time series is tied at 34-34 and SDSU has won five straight.
- Freshmen forwards Cody Schwartz and Ryan Welage lead all Mountain West freshmen with 44 made 3-pointers this season.
- The Spartans are second in the Mountain West with an average of 14.9 assists per game and have tallied 387 helpers. The 14.9 assists are the most by a Spartans squad since the 1984-85 season (16.2).
UNLV (15-12, 6-8 MW)
- UNLV is 6-5 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico, and has won two straight. The Rebels host in-state rival Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 20. UNLV is seeking revenge after being defeated by the Wolf Pack on Jan. 23 (65-63).
- The Rebels are averaging 15.70 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 18th nationally. In 27 games, they’ve registered 227 total steals, which ranks 12th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging 2.70 steals per contest, and second with 73 total steals. McCaw is two steals away from entering the MW top 5 for steals in a season.
- The Rebels are averaging 77.2 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 (13-11, 5-8 MW)
- Utah State has won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 12 and 16th. The Aggies look to continue their winning ways as they go on the road to Fresno State on Saturday, Feb. 20. This will be the lone meeting of the regular season between the Bulldogs and Aggies. USU is 8-15 in Fresno.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 18 games, compiling a 12-6 record.
- The Aggies are 12-2 on the year when leading at halftime, losing only to UNLV and Boise State. USU is 11-2 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, it is undefeated (8-0) when limiting its opponents to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (12-15, 5-9 MW)
- Wyoming hosts travels to Fort Collins for the 225th edition of the Border War, as the Cowboys take on Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Cowboys were victorious when the two teams met earlier this year, but CSU has won eight of the last 13 matchups in the series.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally, averaging 24.0 points per game and pouring in 599 total points. Adams has scored more than 20 points in 17 of the Cowboys 27 contests, including seven games with at least 30.
- Junior Jason McManamen ranks 14th nationally and leads the Mountain West with a 3-point field goal percentage of 45.3.