Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Monday, December 8||Broadcast||Time|
|Nebraska-Omaha at Air Force||MWN||7 p.m. MT|
|Tuesday, December 9||Broadcast||Time|
|Adams State at Boise State||MWN||7 p.m. MT|
|St. Katherine at San José State||MWN||7 p.m. PT|
|Wednesday, December 10||Broadcast||Time|
|Colorado State at Colorado||P12N||7 p.m. MT|
|Long Beach State at 18/16 San Diego State||ESPN3||7 p.m. PT|
|Fresno State at Texas Tech||FSSW+/FCSC||8 p.m. CT|
|Wyoming at California||P12N||8 p.m. PT|
|Thursday, December 11||Broadcast||Time|
|Northwest Nazarene at Boise State||MWN||7 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, December 13||Broadcast||Time|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Air Force||MWN||2 p.m. MT|
|Arkansas-Fort Smith at Colorado State||MWN||2 p.m. MT|
|ULM at New Mexico||ROOT/MWN||6 p.m. MT|
|UNLV vs. South Dakota (Sanford Pentagon)||MIDCO||7 p.m. MT|
|Utah State at Utah Valley||7 p.m. MT|
|Cal Poly at Fresno State||MWN||7 p.m. PT|
|Cal State Fullerton at Nevada||MWN||7 p.m. PT|
|Seattle at San José State||MWN||7 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, December 14||Broadcast||Time|
|Montana State at Wyoming||ROOT/MWN||Noon MT|
|Las Vegas Classic (Boise, Idaho)
Southern Utah at Boise State
|MWN||4:30 p.m. MT|
|*Mountain West game|
SAN DIEGO STATE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
San Diego State slipped five spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and two spots to No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches’ rankings after posting a 1-1 mark last week with a home win over cross-town rival San Diego and a road loss at Washington. San Diego State has been ranked in both the AP and Coaches’ polls for 21 consecutive weeks.
COLORADO STATE REMAINS UNBEATEN
Colorado State pushed its season-opening win streak to eight games with victories over UTEP and Northern Colorado last week. At 8-0, the Rams enter the week as one of 12 unbeaten teams nationally, joining Kentucky (9-0), Virginia (9-0), Arizona (8-0), Duke (8-0), Northern Iowa (8-0), TCU (8-0), Villanova (8-0), Louisville (7-0), Seton Hall (7-0), Washington (7-0) and Incarnate Word (5-0). Colorado State’s 8-0 start is the best in program history, surpassing the previous record of 6-0, which was accomplished three times (1970-71; 2005-06; 2012-13).
MW DUO AMONG NOMINEES FOR ALLSTATE NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Fresno State senior forward Alex Davis and Utah State senior forward Sean Harris are among 158 candidates for the 2014-15 Allstate National Assocation of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism. From the list of nominees, distinguished voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
SDSU’S SHEPHARD, UNLV’S VAUGHN UP FOR NAISMITH TROPHY
San Diego State junior forward Winston Shepard and UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn have been named to the initial Top-50 watch list for this year’s Naismith Trophy. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, creator of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy is awarded annually to the college basketball player of the year.
A list of 30 midseason candidates will be released in mid-February, with 10 semifinalists announced the first week of March. Four individuals will comprise the finalist ballot, with the winner being announced on Sunday, April 5. The voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, bases its criteria on player performance throughout the season.
San Diego State’s Skylar Spencer has blocked 26 shots through the Aztecs’ first eight games of 2014-15, a total that has him tied for eighth nationally through games of Dec. 7. With 166 career rejections to his credit, the junior forward already ranks seventh on the Mountain West’s all-time list of shot-blockers.
Boise State’s Anthony Drmic is making a run at the Mountain West’s top five for career 3-point attempts. Through games of Dec. 7, the senior guard is tied with New Mexico’s Chad Toppert for seventh on the league’s all-time list with 606 attempts from behind the arc. 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 914 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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