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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Tuesday, January 13 Broadcast Time
UNLV at Boise State* ESPNU 9 p.m. MT
Wednesday, January 14 Broadcast Time
Air Force at New Mexico* ROOT/MWN 7 p.m. MT
Nevada at Colorado State* MWN/CI 7 p.m. MT
Fresno State at San José State* MWN 7 p.m. PT
San Diego State at Wyoming* ESPN2 9 p.m. MT
Saturday, January 17 Broadcast Time
UNLV at San Diego State* CBSSN 3 p.m. PT
Air Force at Utah State* ROOT/MWN 4 p.m. MT
Wyoming at Fresno State* ESPN3 4 p.m. PT
Colorado State at San José State* MWN 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, January 18 Broadcast Time
Boise State at New Mexico* CBSSN 4 p.m. MT
*Mountain West game

 

MOUNTAIN WEST IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Wyoming becomes the third Mountain West team (Colorado State, San Diego State) to be ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 poll at some point this season. The Cowboys entered this week’s AP poll at No. 25 with 71 points, while earning 28 points in the USA Today Coaches’ poll to rank second in the “Receiving Votes” category.

The last time Wyoming (15-2, 4-0 MW) was ranked in the Top 25 of the AP poll was March 15, 1988, when the Cowboys were listed at No. 13 prior to their NCAA tournament game against No. 15 Loyola Marymount. UW’s last appearance in the Coaches’ Top 25 was Jan. 7, 2013, when the Pokes held the No. 25 spot for one week.

Colorado State (15-2, 2-2 MW) and San Diego State (12-4, 2-1 MW) continue to receive votes from both panels.

 

WYOMING UNDEFEATED IN MOUNTAIN WEST ACTION
Wyoming enters the third week of its 2014-15 Mountain West slate with a perfect 4-0 record, marking the program’s best start in Conference play since opening the 2002-03 campaign with a similar record. The Cowboys’ 4-0 MW mark is just one win shy of their best start ever in the league (5-0 in 2001-02). Wyoming has won 13 consecutive games in the Arena-Auditorium dating back to last season, which is the Pokes’ longest home win streak since reeling off eight straight at the AA to open the 2000-01 campaign. Wyoming’s only two losses this season have come on the road at SMU and California.

 

RAMS OPEN 14-0, GO PERFECT IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
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.

 

GETTING DEFENSIVE
Wyoming (52.2) and San Diego State (53.5) rank third and fourth, respectively, in the nation in points allowed this season. The Cowboys have limited 11 of their 17 opponents to less than 55 points in 2014-15, including three contests where the Pokes’ defense has surrendered fewer than 40 points. The Aztecs have held 13 of their 16 opponents to fewer than 60 points, including six straight. The Mountain West is the only conference with two teams ranked among the Top 5 nationally in scoring defense through games of Jan. 11.

 

PROTECTING THE RIM
UNLV has registered 121 blocks as a team for a 7.6 per-game average in 2014-15, with both marks ranking third nationally. The Runnin’ Rebel tandem of sophomore forward Christian Wood and freshman forward/center Goodluck Okonoboh account for more than 75 percent of the team’s rejections, boasting 47 and 46, respectively.

 

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. 11. Wyoming’s Justin Williams holds the league’s all-time record, blocking 244 shot attempts from 2004-06.

 

HOME SWEET HOME
San Diego State has won 24 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 24-game streak is the longest in school history, surpassing a 22-game run from 1966-68.

 

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 923 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.

 

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.

 

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