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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 17 Broadcast Time
Portland at UNLV MWN/CI 7:30 p.m. PT
Central Arkansas at New Mexico ROOT/MWN 8 p.m. MT
19/17 San Diego State at Cincinnati ESPN2 9 p.m. ET
Thursday, December 18 Broadcast Time
Nevada at Pacific   7 p.m. PT
World Vision Classic (Logan, Utah)
   Bakersfield at Utah State
KMYU/MWN 8 p.m. MT
Friday, December 19 Broadcast Time
Colorado State at Denver ROOT 7 p.m. MT
World Vision Classic (Logan, Utah)
   Idaho State at Utah State
KMYU/MWN 8 p.m. MT
Saturday, December 20 Broadcast Time
Las Vegas Classic (Boise, Idaho)
   Abilene Christian at Boise State
MWN 11 a.m. MT
UC Davis at Air Force MWN 2 p.m. MT
Southern at Wyoming ROOT/MWN 2 p.m. MT
New Mexico at New Mexico State ROOT 7 p.m. MT
Fresno State at Pacific   7 p.m. PT
Ball State at 19/17 San Diego State MWN/CI 7 p.m. PT
World Vision Classic (Logan, Utah)
   South Dakota State at Utah State
KMYU/MWN 8 p.m. MT
MGM Grand Showcase (Las Vegas, Nev.)
   UNLV vs. 14/14 Utah
ESPN2 8:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, December 21 Broadcast Time
San José State at Washington State P12N 4 p.m. PT
*Mountain West game

 

SAN DIEGO STATE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
San Diego State ranks No. 19 and 17, respectively, in the latest Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Top-25 polls following last week’s 60-59 win over Long Beach State. San Diego State has been listed in both polls for 22 consecutive weeks, which is one shy of the program record of 23 weeks. The Aztecs’ streak is the eighth-longest in the nation. Unbeaten Colorado State (10-0) is also receiving votes by both panels.

 

COLORADO STATE REMAINS UNBEATEN
Colorado State pushed its season-opening win streak to 10 games with victories over Colorado and Arkansas-Fort Smith last week. At 10-0, the Rams enter the week as one of nine unbeaten teams nationally, joining Kentucky (11-0), Arizona (10-0), TCU (10-0), Villanova (10-0), Duke (9-0), Louisville (9-0), Virginia (9-0), Washington (8-0).

Colorado State’s 10-0 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). The 10-game win streak is tied for the second-longest in program history, and is the Rams’ longest since the formation of the Mountain West. The 10-game run matches a stretch of 10 straight victories during the 1997-98 campaign, and is one behind the school record of 11, set during the 1988-89 season.

The Rams’ 10 consecutive victories to open the season is tied with Arizona, TCU and Villanova for the second-longest active win streak in the nation through games of Dec. 15.

 

HOME SWEET HOME
San Diego State has won 19 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 19-game run is SDSU’s longest home win streak in the Division I era and the second-longest in school history overall (22 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 seventh with 167 rejections to his credit. 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 is making a run at the Mountain West’s top five for career 3-point attempts. Through games of Dec. 15, 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 915 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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