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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Tuesday, January 6 Broadcast Time
New Mexico at San Diego State* CBSSN 8 p.m. PT
Wednesday, January 7 Broadcast Time
San José State at Air Force* MWN 7 p.m. MT
Wyoming at Colorado State* MWN/CI 7 p.m. MT
Utah State at Fresno State* ROOT/MWN 8 p.m. PT
Nevada at UNLV* CBSSN 8 p.m. PT
Saturday, January 10 Broadcast Time
Colorado State at Air Force* ROOT/MWN Noon MT
Fresno State at Nevada* MWN 3 p.m. PT
Boise State at Wyoming* CBSSN 4 p.m. MT
New Mexico at Utah State* ESPN3 7 p.m. MT
San José State at UNLV* MWN/CI 7 p.m. PT
*Mountain West game

 

MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS
The Mountain West portion of the 2014-15 schedule tipped off last week with three teams (New Mexico, Utah State, Wyoming) each posting 2-0 marks in their respective games to take the early lead atop the Conference standings. Nevada is also undefeated in MW play, having won its only outing last week.

Of the current 11 Mountain West members, San Diego State owns the league’s best record in MW openers with a 12-4 mark, and is riding a Conference-high eight-game win streak in MW lid-lifters following its Dec. 31 win over Air Force. Wyoming’s victory against UNLV last Wednesday ended the Cowboys’ seven-game skid in league openers.

 

COLORADO STATE FALLS FROM RANKS OF UNBEATEN
Colorado State pushed its season-opening win streak to 14 games before seeing the run end with a Jan. 3 loss at New Mexico.

Colorado State’s 14-0 start marked the best in program history, surpassing the previous record of 6-0, which was accomplished three times (1970-71; 2005-06; 2012-13). The 14-game win streak was also the longest in program history, eclipsing the previous school record of 11, set during the 1988-89 season.

The Rams went 13-0 in non-conference play, becoming the third team in the 16-year history of the Mountain West to end its non-league slate undefeated. They join San Diego State, who entered the 2010-11 MW slate with a perfect 15-0 record in non-conference action, and Wyoming, who brought a 13-0 mark against non-league opponents into its 2012-13 Conference opener. The Cowboys added a 14th non-conference victory in early February of that season, making the Rams, Aztecs and Pokes the only three teams in MW history ever to go undefeated in regular-season non-conference play.

 

MOUNTAIN WEST IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
For the first time since Nov. 25, 2013, no Mountain West teams are ranked in either the Associated Press orUSA Today/Coaches’ Top-25 polls. Colorado State (14-1) slipped from both polls following a Jan. 3 loss at New Mexico, while San Diego State (11-4) dropped out of the Coaches’ rankings after Saturday’s setback at Fresno State. Colorado State and Wyoming are receiving votes in both polls, while San Diego State is receiving votes from the coaches’ panel.

With the CSU men’s basketball and football teams cracking the Top-25 in 2014-15, it marks the first time in school history that both squads have been ranked by the Associated Press at some point during the same season. The Rams are also one of just 11 schools nationally to hold Top-25 rankings in football, volleyball and men’s basketball at some point during 2014-15, joining Arizona, Duke, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

 

400 WINS AND COUNTING
The Mountain West is home to three 400-win head coaches. Through games of Jan. 4, Utah State’s Stew Morrill has amassed a 611-286 (.681) record over a 29-year head coaching career, and entered the season ranked 12th nationally for most wins. San Diego State’s Steve Fisher is 507-262 (.659) in 25 seasons as a head coach, while Colorado State’s Larry Eustachy has compiled a 458-284 (.617) career record over a 24-year span.

 

HOME SWEET HOME
San Diego State has won 23 consecutive games at Viejas Arena and enters the week with the nation’s sixth-longest active home win streak. The Aztecs’ last loss in Viejas Arena was a 69-60 setback to then-No. 6/5 Arizona on Nov. 14, 2013. The 22-game streak is the longest in school history, surpassing a 22-game run from 1966-68.

 

BLOCK PARTY
Just a junior, San Diego State forward Skylar Spencer already sits within striking distance of the Mountain West’s Top-5 for career blocks, ranking sixth with 183 rejections to his credit through games of Jan. 4. Wyoming’s Justin Williams holds the league’s all-time record, blocking 244 shot attempts from 2004-06.

 

DOWNTOWN DRMIC
Boise State’s Anthony Drmic has seen his run at the Mountain West record book sidelined for the time being due to injury. The senior guard, who hasn’t played since the Broncos’ Dec. 6 win at Saint Mary’s, is out for the season following ankle surgery. He has 606 career 3-point attempts and is currently tied with New Mexico’s Chad Toppert for seventh on the league’s all-time chart. San Diego State’s Brandon Heath holds the Conference record with 798 3-point attempts from 2003-07.

 

DIALING FROM LONG DISTANCE
UNLV currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer. Since the official adoption of the 3-point rule at the start of the 1986-87 season, the Runnin’ Rebels have connected on at least one trey in all 921 of their games. UNLV, Princeton, Vanderbilt are the only three teams in the country to have made at least one 3-pointer in every one of their games since the rule was implemented.

 

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