Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, February 27
|Boise State at San Diego State*||CBS Sports Network||3 p.m. PT|
|Wyoming at UNLV*||ESPN3||5 p.m. PT|
|San José State at Utah State*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|Fresno State at New Mexico*||ESPN2||8 p.m. MT|
|Sunday, February 28
|Colorado State at Nevada*||ROOT SPORTS||2 p.m. PT|
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AIR FORCE (14-15, 5-11 MW)
- The Falcons have their final bye of the 2015-16 season this weekend before hosting Utah State in its final home game of the year on March 1.
- Air Force has a 10-3 record this season when holding its opponent under 70 points. Fresno State averages 74.3 points per game.
- Falcons forward Hayden Graham is averaging 14.1 points and 6.5 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 (18-10, 9-6 MW)
- Boise State, winners of two of its last three games, travels to San Diego State to take on the best team in the Mountain West. The Aztecs beat the Broncos (56-53) on Jan. 16. Boise State has only won three out of 12 total contest against SDSU.
- Under head coach Leon Rice, the Broncos are 50-6 when scoring at least 80 points. This season Boise State has a 11-2 record when scoring 80-plus points.
- Junior forward James Webb III leads the Mountain West and ranks 27th nationally with 263 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 (15-13, 7-8 MW)
- Colorado State travels to Nevada on Sunday, Feb. 28. These two teams met earlier this month in Fort Collins and the Rams were victorious (76-67). The Rams have won three straight over the Wolf Pack, dating back to the beginning of last season. On the road, both teams have split the series 4-4.
- Junior guard John Gillon ranks sixth nationally and first in the Mountain West with a free-throw percentage of 89.2. On the year, Gillon has connected on 116-of-130 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 79.9 points per game. The Rams have racked up 2,236 total points and are on pace to set the program single-season record, which is 2,553 (2012-13).
FRESNO STATE (19-9, 10-5 MW)
- Fresno State, winners of five of its last six games, travels to New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Bulldogs are second in the Mountain West but Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico are just one-game behind. FS lost by 15 points at home to the Lobos on Jan. 2, the second game of the MW season.
- The Bulldogs are 13-1 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 10th nationally with a turnover margin of +3.7. This is the best turnover margin by a Bulldogs squad since at least 1999-2000.
NEVADA (17-10, 9-6 MW)
- In his first season as head coach of Nevada, Eric Musselman has led the Wolf Pack to its first 17-win season since the 2011-12 season (28-7). The Wolf Pack, who is in a three-way tie for second place, will host Colorado State on Sunday (Feb. 28).
- Nevada ranks fourth in the nation in blocked shots per game (6.0) and sixth in total blocks (162). 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 (16-12, 9-6 MW)
- New Mexico, which is sitting in a three-way tie for second place in the MW, hosts Fresno State, which is one of the three institutions sitting at 9-6 in Conference play and in second place. The Lobos defeated the Bulldogs by 15 earlier this season.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West and 20th nationally with a field-goal percentage of 60.7 percent. Williams is 195-for-321 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 46.9 percent from the field.
- In Mountain West action, the Lobos are averaging 77.6 points per game. This is tied as the highest scoring average UNM has recorded in Conference play with the 1999-2000 team.
SAN DIEGO STATE (21-7, 14-1 MW)
- The Aztecs secured the outright Mountain West regular season title after defeating Wyoming on Wednesday (73-61). SDSU has won at least a share of the Conference title in three straight years and in five of the last six seasons. The MW record for Conference victories in a single season is 16 (SDSU in 2013-14). The Aztecs can establish a new record by winning their remaining three games.
- San Diego State hosts Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Aztecs defeated the Broncos on the road (56-53) on Jan. 16. SDSU owns a 9-3 advantage in the all-time series.
- 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 60.1 points per contest, which ranks fourth.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (8-19, 3-12 MW)
- San José State is coming of its final bye of the season, and will now hit the road for a Feb. 27 contest at Utah State. The Spartans have dropped four consecutive games, but are one-win shy of tying their win total from 2012-13. SJSU lost by nine at home earlier this year against the Aggies (80-71).
- Freshman forward Cody Schwartz has connected on 48 3-pointers this season, which leads all Mountain West freshmen. Schwartz’s teammate Ryan Welage has made 45, the second-most among that group.
- The Spartans are third in the Mountain West with an average of 14.7 assists per game and have tallied 397 helpers. The 14.7 assists are the most by a Spartans squad since the 1984-85 season (16.2).
UNLV (16-13, 7-9 MW)
- UNLV is 7-6 under interim coach Todd Simon, who took over prior to the Jan. 12 contest vs. New Mexico, and has won three of last five games. The Rebels hosts Wyoming in its final regular-season home game on Saturday, Feb. 27. UNLV lost in Laramie earlier this season (59-57).
- The Rebels are averaging 15.66 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 19th nationally. In 29 games, they’ve registered 240 total steals, which ranks 12th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging 2.59 steals per contest and 75 total steals. McCaw is tied for fifth in single-season steals by a MW player.
- The Rebels are averaging 77.8 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 (13-13, 5-10 MW)
- Utah State has dropped two straight games and seven of its last nine games overall. The Aggies host San José State on Saturday, Feb. 27. These two teams met on Dec. 30, in the MW opener, and the Aggies were victorious (80-71).
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 19 games, compiling a 12-7 record.
- The Aggies are 12-3 on the year when leading at halftime, losing only to UNLV, Boise State and Nevada. 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 (13-16, 6-10 MW)
- Wyoming travels to UNLV for its final road game of the regular season. The Cowboys defeated the Rebels by two points earlier this season in Laramie (59-57).
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth nationally, averaging 24.6 points per game and pouring in 663 total points. Adams has scored more than 20 points in 19 of the Cowboys 29 contests, including eight games with at least 30, which is tied for second nationally.
- Junior Jason McManamen ranks 12th nationally and leads the Mountain West with a 3-point field goal percentage of 45.7. This percentage is fifth-best nationally among all players with at least 180 3-point attempts.