Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release
|UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE|
|Wednesday, December 31||Broadcast||Time|
|Air Force at RV/25 San Diego State*||ESPN3||2 p.m. PT|
|Fresno State at New Mexico*||ESPN3||5 p.m. MT|
|Boise State at 24/24 Colorado State*||ROOT/MWN||7 p.m. MT|
|San José State at Utah State*||MWN||7 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at Wyoming*||ESPN3||7 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, January 3||Broadcast||Time|
|Utah State at Boise State*||ROOT/MWN||Noon MT|
|Air Force at Nevada*||MWN||3 p.m. PT|
|24/24 Colorado State at New Mexico*||CBSSN||6 p.m. MT|
|RV/25 San Diego State at Fresno State*||ESPNU||7 p.m. PT|
|Wyoming at San José State*||MWN||7 p.m. PT|
|*Mountain West game|
CONFERENCE PLAY TIPS OFF ON WEDNESDAY
The Mountain West portion of the 2014-15 season gets underway with five matchups on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve date marks the earliest opening to Conference play in the 16-year history of the league. Air Force visits San Diego State (2 p.m. PT) in the first game of a tripleheader that will air on ESPN3, followed by Fresno State at New Mexico (5 p.m. MT) and UNLV at Wyoming (7 p.m. MT). Colorado State hosts Boise State in a 7 p.m. MT outing (ROOT SPORTS/MWN), while Utah State entertains San José State (7 p.m. MT/MWN).
Of the current 11 Mountain West members, San Diego State owns the league’s best record in MW openers with an 11-4 mark, and enters its Dec. 31 meeting with Air Force riding a Conference-high seven-game win streak in MW lid-lifters. Wyoming, on the other hand, will be looking to snap a seven-game skid in Conference openers when the Cowboys host UNLV on Wednesday.
COLORADO STATE REMAINS UNBEATEN
Colorado State pushed its season-opening win streak to 13 games with victories over Charleston Southern and New Mexico State last week. The 13-0 Rams enter the week as one of six unbeaten teams nationally, joining Kentucky (13-0), TCU (12-0), Villanova (12-0), Virginia (11-0) and Duke (10-0).
The Rams are the third team in the 16-year history of the Mountain West to begin Conference play 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-sesason non-conference play.
Colorado State’s 13-0 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 13-game win streak is also the longest in program history, eclipsing the previous school record of 11, set during the 1988-89 season.
The Rams’ 13 consecutive victories to open the season is tied with Kentucky for the longest active win streak in the nation through games of Dec. 28.
COLORADO STATE, SAN DIEGO STATE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Colorado State’s 13-0 start has the Rams ranked No. 24 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Top-25 polls. With CSU football also cracking the Top-25 in 2014, it marks the first time in school history that both squads have been ranked by the Associated Press in the same season. The Rams are also one of just 11 schools nationally to be ranked in the Top-25 in football, volleyball and men’s basketball in 2014-15, joining Arizona, Duke, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
San Diego State (10-3) slipped to No. 25 in the Coaches’ poll. Both SDSU and UNLV are receiving votes in the AP poll.
HOME SWEET HOME
San Diego State has won 22 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 run ties for the longest in school history, matching a 22-game frun from 1966-68).
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. 28, 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.
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 178 rejections to his credit through games of Dec. 28. Wyoming’s Justin Williams holds the league’s all-time record, blocking 244 shot attempts from 2004-06.
400 WINS AND COUNTING
The Mountain West is home to three 400-win head coaches. Through games of Dec. 28, Utah State’s Stew Morrill has amassed a 609-286 (.680) 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 506-261 (.660) in 25 seasons as a head coach, while Colorado State’s Larry Eustachy has compiled a 457-283 (.618) career record over a 24-year span.
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 919 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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