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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Monday, November 16 Broadcast Time
Tennessee Tech at Air Force
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Northern Arizona at Boise State
ROOT SPORTS/MWN
7 p.m. MT
Lamar at Fresno State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
Montana at San José State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
New Mexico Highlands at UNLV
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
San Diego State at #16/16 Utah
ESPN2 7:30 p.m. MT
Wyoming at Indiana State
ESPN3 7 p.m. ET
Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii)
   Nevada at Hawai‘i
ESPN2
11 p.m. HT
Tuesday, November 17 Broadcast Time
Adams State at Utah State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Wednesday, November 18 Broadcast Time
San Diego Christian at San Diego State
Fox Sports San Diego
7 p.m. PT
Loyola University Chicago at New Mexico
ROOT SPORTS/MWN
7 p.m. MT
Southern Utah at UNLV
MWN - Campus Insiders
7 p.m. PT


Mountain West 3-Pointers
AIR FORCE (0-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Since the inception of the Mountain West (1999-2000), Air Force has compiled a 14-2 record in home openers. The two home-opening losses came in 2013-14 to Jackson State (84-82) and Denver in 2000-01 (65-56).
  • Junior forward Hayden Graham recorded his fourth career double-double in the Falcons season opener at Southern Illinois. Graham, who pulled down 19 points and 10 rebounds last Saturday, has a chance to record back-to-back double-doubles, which has only happened twice at AFA since 2000. Tom Bellairs accomplished the feat in 2000-01 and Graham did it last season.
  • Last season, the Falcons shot 65.9 percent from the free throw line, but after one game this season they lead the Mountain West shooting 81.8 percent.

BOISE STATE (0-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Boise State has won eight straight home contests. The Broncos last defeat at Taco Bell Arena was Jan. 3, 2015 vs. Utah State (62-61). This is the longest home win streak in the Mountain West.
  • The Broncos have won 12 consecutive home openers dating back to 2003. The last home-opening loss was suffered on Nov. 18, 2002 vs. Eastern Illinois (73-59).
  • Boise State hasn’t dropped back-to-back nonconference games since Dec. 10 and Dec. 14 in 2013. That year, the Broncos lost at Kentucky (70-55) and at home to Saint Mary’s (82-74).

COLORADO STATE (1-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Colorado State has led the Mountain West in scoring two of the last three years. Last season, the Rams scored a total of 2,454 points in 34 games (72.2) and in 2012-13 they poured in 2,553 in 35 contests (72.9). After one game, the Rams rank second in the MW averaging 84 points per game.
  • The Rams have won 35 consecutive home openers dating back to 1981. Their last home-opening loss was on Dec. 8, 1980 vs. Oklahoma State (79-64).
  • Colorado State has won 17 straight regular-season nonconference contests. Its last loss was suffered on Dec. 11, 2013 vs. Denver (80-70).

FRESNO STATE (1-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Senior guard Marvelle Harris has scored at least 10 points in 28 straight regular season games, and in 30 of the Bulldogs’ last 33 contests. Harris opened the season with a 23-point performance in a come-from-behind victory vs. Pepperdine (69-66).
  • Junior forward Torren Jones tallied a double-double (13 points and 14 rebounds) in his debut for the Bulldogs last Friday. Jones, who joined Fresno State from Midland College, is the first Bulldog to record a double-double in his debut since Greg Smith (17 points and 10 rebounds) in 2009.
  • After one game, Fresno State has a +6 turnover margin, forcing 18 turnovers vs. Pepperdine. The Bulldogs have committed fewer turnovers than their opponents in 17 of the last 21 contests.

NEVADA (2-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Nevada closes its trip to Honolulu and the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic against Hawai‘i, in a game that is a part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.
  • A victory against the Rainbow Warriors would give the Wolf Pack their first 3-0 start since 2006-07. That season, Nevada began 7-0 and ultimately compiled a 29-5 record.
  • Entering the second week, senior forward AJ West is one of 11 players nationally, and the only from the Mountain West, to open the season with back-to-back double-doubles. West is averaging 11.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest. West, who has 13 career double-doubles, just needs two more to tie for the fifth-most in MW history. Boise State’s Ryan Watkins (2010-14) and Utah’s Andrew Bogut (2003-05) currently sit in fifth-place.

NEW MEXICO (2-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Dating back to 2010, the Lobos have compiled a 34-4 record at home in nonconference games. New Mexico was only tripped up once last year, losing 66-54 to USC on Nov. 30.
  • The Lobos are searching for their first 3-0 start since 2013-14. Looking beyond that, New Mexico hasn’t started 4-0 since the 2012-13 season when it rattled off 12 consecutive wins to begin the season.
  • As of Nov. 16, sophomore guard Elijah Brown ranks ninth nationally with 47 points scored. Brown, a transfer from Butler, scored a career-best 31 points vs. New Mexico State on Nov. 15, which ties for the sixth-most in a single game this season among all D-I players.

SAN DIEGO STATE (1-0, 0-0 MW)

  • San Diego State faces No. 16 Utah on Nov. 16 in the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. This is the Aztecs fifth appearance in the event (2-2).
  • Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Aztecs have compiled a 142-36 (.798) record. The .798 winning percentage is seventh-best nationally behind: Wichita State (.840), Gonzaga (.831), Duke (.830), Kentucky (.817), Kansas (.812) and Arizona (.800).
  • Aztecs freshman Jeremy Hemsley scored 20 points, pulled down six and had five assists in his debut. He is the first SDSU freshman to put up a stat line like that since Kawhi Leonard, who scored 23 points, grabbed 18 boards and dished five assists vs. Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 9, 2009.

SAN JOSÉ STATE (0-1, 0-0 MW)

  • San José State is looking to end a 21-game losing streak, which is the longest in NCAA. The Spartans last victory came on Dec. 9, 2014 vs. Saint Katherine (74-63). A home win against Montana would also end the nation’s longest home losing streak (12).
  • In the season-opener vs. Idaho, the Spartans used 10 players, six of whom were making their San José State debut.
  • San José State meets Montana for the first time since 1998. The Spartans have split the last two meetings against the Griz.

UNLV (1-0, 0-0 MW)

  • The Rebels have connected on at least one 3-pointer in 942 consecutive games, a NCAA record. The last game UNLV did not make a 3-pointer was vs. Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.
  • UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman, Jr., who was named Preseason Mountain West Freshman of the Year in mid-October, swatted three shots in the Rebels opener vs. Cal Poly. The three blocked shots leads the Mountain West entering Nov. 16.
  • Rebel guard Jerome Seagears dished out five assists in the season opener vs. Cal Poly. This is the most by a MW player this season.

UTAH STATE (1-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Utah State longtime assistant coach Tim Duryea, who has been with the program for 14 seasons, takes over as head coach of the Aggies after Stew Morrill retired at the end of 2014-15. This is Duryea’s first head coaching job at the top collegiate level.
  • The Aggies have won 21 straight home openers dating back to the 1994-95 season. Utah State’s last home-opening defeat was to Weber State on Dec. 7, 1993 (87-86).
  • Tuesday will be Utah State’s first meeting against Adams State. The Aggies have compiled a 33-5 record against D-II opponents.

WYOMING (1-0, 0-0 MW)

  • The Cowboys feature 12 freshmen and sophomores, making them the fourth-youngest team in the nation in terms of underclassmen percentage (80-percent).
  • Wyoming travels to Indiana State for the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge Series. The Cowboys have only won two road openers since the 2002-03 season. Their last road-opening victory was at Northern Colorado in the 2012-13 season (69-60).
  • Wyoming’s season-opener vs. Bristol (an NCAA noncountable opponent) will count in the win column but individual and team statistics will not be recorded.