Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Tuesday, March 1
|Utah State at Air Force*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at New Mexico*||CBS Sports Network||7:30 p.m. MT|
|Wednesday, March 2
|Nevada at Boise State*||MWN - Campus Insiders||7 p.m. MT|
|San José State at Wyoming*||MWN - Institutional||7 p.m. MT|
|Colorado State at Fresno State*||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, March 5
|Air Force at Colorado State*||ROOT SPORTS||2 p.m. MT|
|Boise State at San José State*||MWN - Campus Insiders||2 p.m. PT|
|UNLV at San Diego State*||CBS Sports Network||7 p.m. PT|
|New Mexico at Nevada*||ROOT SPORTS||7 p.m. PT|
|Fresno State at Utah State*||ESPN3||7 p.m. MT|
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AIR FORCE (14-15, 5-11 MW)
- The Falcons are coming off their final bye of the 2015-16 season last weekend and will now host Utah State in their final home game of the year on Tuesday, March 1. The Aggies defeated the Falcons on Jan. 12 by 19 points (79-60). Air Force is 3-13 against Utah State, but all three victories have come at Clune Arena.
- 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 (19-10, 10-6 MW)
- Boise State hosts Nevada on Wednesday, March 2. Boise State was victorious at Nevada earlier this year (74-67). The Broncos, who are one-game out of second-place in MW, have won five of the last six meetings in the series.
- Broncos senior Anthony Drmic has scored 1,907 career points, the fourth-most in program history. Drmic is 38 points away from taking over the top spot in the Boise State record book. Additionally, he’ll realistically finish with the fourth-most points in Mountain West history, which is currently held by Derrick Marks (1,912; 2011-15).
- Junior forward James Webb III leads the Mountain West and ranks 31st 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 wraps up a two-game road trip at Fresno State on Wednesday, March 2. The Rams hold a 15-12 advantage in the series but are 1-9 in Fresno.
- CSU ranks first in the Mountain West, averaging 79.9 points per game. The Rams have racked up 2,316 total points and are on pace to set the program single-season record, which is 2,553 (2012-13).
- The Rams rank 21st nationally and second in the Mountain West with 9.5 made 3-pointers per game. CSU is led by senior guard Antwan Scott, who has made 81 3-pointers this season, the fifth-most in program history and the most since Andy Birley made 90 in 2003.
FRESNO STATE (20-9, 11-5 MW)
- Fresno State, winners of six of its last seven games, plays host to Colorado State on Wednesday, March 2, the final Bulldogs home game of the season. This is the only regular season meeting between these two teams. CSU holds a 15-12 advantage in the series but FS is 9-1 at home.
- The Bulldogs have earned their 20th 20-win season in program history and first since 2013-14. If Fresno State wins out it’ll finish the regular season with 22 victories, the most wins by the Bulldogs since 2006-07 (22-10).
- Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks ninth nationally with a turnover margin of +4.0. This is the best turnover margin by a Bulldogs squad since at least 1999-2000.
NEVADA (18-10, 10-6 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). The Wolf Pack, who is in tie for second place with Boise State, takes on the Broncos on Wednesday, March 2. Boise State has won five of the last six meetings in the series.
- Nevada ranks fifth in the nation in blocked shots per game (5.9) and ninth in total blocks (165). 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 a chance to become the first MW freshman to average a double-double in Conference play in MW history. Oliver is currently averaging 12.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Oliver’s 246 total rebounds are the most by a MW freshman since 2012-13 when UNLV’s Anthony Bennett pulled down 285 boards.
NEW MEXICO (16-13, 9-7 MW)
- New Mexico, which is in fifth-place in the MW, hosts San Diego State on Tuesday, March 1. The Lobos, losers of three straight, were defeated by the Aztecs on Feb. 6, 78-71 in overtime. UNM has lost four in a row to SDSU.
- Junior forward Tim Williams ranks first in the Mountain West and 20th nationally with a field-goal percentage of 61.2 percent. Williams is 202-for-330 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.
- Last Saturday vs. Fresno State, 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 (21-8, 14-2 MW)
- The Aztecs secured the outright Mountain West regular season title after defeating Wyoming on Feb. 24 (73-61). After a home loss to Boise State, where the Aztecs saw their 164-game win streak snapped when leading with five minutes to play, SDSU travels to New Mexico on Tuesday, March 1.
- San Diego State defeated New Mexico on Feb. 6, 78-71 in overtime. The Lobos hold a 44-37 overall advantage in the series, but the Aztecs have won four straight.
- SDSU limits its opponents to just 37.3 percent shooting from the field, a figure that ranks second nationally. The Aztecs also rank in the top 10 in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 60.3 points per contest, which ranks fifth.
SAN JOSÉ STATE (8-20, 3-13 MW)
- San José State travels to Wyoming on Wednesday, March 2 for its last true road game of the 2015-16 season. The Spartans have dropped five consecutive games, but are one-win shy of tying their win total from 2012-13. SJSU defeated the Cowboys earlier this season, but are 0-5 at Wyoming.
- Freshman forward Cody Schwartz has connected on 51 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 412 helpers. The 14.7 assists are the most by a Spartans squad since the 1984-85 season (16.2).
UNLV (17-13, 8-9 MW)
- UNLV is 8-6 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 will have their final bye before traveling to San Diego State on Saturday, March 5.
- The Rebels are averaging 15.57 forced turnovers per game, a figure that ranks 20th nationally. In 30 games, they’ve registered 249 total steals, which ranks 13th in Division I. UNLV sophomore guard Patrick McCaw ranks fourth nationally, averaging 2.60 steals per contest and third with 78 total steals. McCaw’s 78 steals are fourth-most in a single-season 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 (14-13, 6-10 MW)
- Utah State travels to Air Force on Tuesday, March 1 for its final true road game of the season. The Aggies, who defeated the Falcons by 19 on Jan. 12, are 13-3 against AFA, with all three loses coming in Colorado Springs.
- On the season, Utah State’s bench has outscored its opponent’s in 19 games, compiling a 12-7 record.
- The Aggies are 13-3 on the year when leading at halftime, losing only to UNLV, Boise State and Nevada. USU is 12-2 when scoring at least 70 points. Similarly, it is undefeated (8-0) when limiting its opponents to fewer than 70 points.
WYOMING (13-17, 6-11 MW)
- Wyoming will conclude its regular season with a home game against San José State on Wednesday, March 2. The Cowboys were defeated by the Spartans on Jan. 13 (62-55). Wyoming is 5-0 in Laramie against SJSU.
- Senior guard Josh Adams leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth nationally, averaging 24.8 points per game and pouring in 694 total points. Adams has scored more than 20 points in 20 of the Cowboys 30 contests, including nine 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 45.1. Adams ranks 11th with 93 made 3-pointers, which is just outside the MW single-season top 5.