San Diego State Picked to Win 2014-15 MW Men's Basketball Regular-Season Crown
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defending Mountain West regular-season champion San Diego State is the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the men’s basketball regular-season title again in 2014-15, according to a vote of Conference media. The league's predicted order of finish was announced today by the Mountain West in conjunction with the start of the MW Digital Tipoff.
The Aztecs received 34 of a possible 35 first-place votes and 383 points to garner the top spot in the poll. Boise State claimed the remaining first-place vote and 275 points to earn a second-place nod, while defending MW tournament champion New Mexico garnered 270 points to finish third.
UNLV collected 269 points for fourth place, followed by Colorado State in fifth (258 points) and Wyoming (256 points) in sixth. Rounding out the poll were Fresno State (232 points) in seventh place, Nevada (126 points) in eighth, Air Force (102 points) in ninth, Utah State (98 points) in 10th and San José State (41 points) in 11th.
San Diego State amassed a 31-5 record overall and 16-2 mark in Mountain West action last season en route to capturing its second outright, and fourth overall, regular-season title. The Aztecs received their third straight NCAA tournament at-large invitation and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years. A trio of starting forwards returns among eight letterwinners for 16th-year head coach Steve Fisher in senior JJ O’Brien and juniors Winston Shepard and Skylar Spencer, while Arizona transfer and junior forward Angelo Chol headlines SDSU’s class of six newcomers.
Boise State also returns eight letterwinners, including three starters, from a 2013-14 squad that compiled a 21-13 overall record and tied for fifth place in MW action with a 9-9 mark. Headlining Boise State’s cast of returnees for fifth-year head coach Leon Rice are All-MW senior forward Anthony Drmic and senior guards Derrick Marks and Igor Hadziomerovic. Eight newcomers join the Bronco ranks in 2014-15, led by senior guard/forward and Texas-Permian Basin transfer Rob Heyer.
New Mexico compiled a 27-7 overall record and 15-3 mark in Mountain West action a year ago, finishing second in Conference play before capturing its third straight MW tournament crown. The Lobos claimed the league’s automatic bid, earning their third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and seventh straight postseason berth overall. Senior guard Hugh Greenwood and senior forward Deshawn Delaney are the lone starters back among six letterwinners for second-year head coach Craig Neal, while junior college transfer Jordan Goodman heads up the Lobos’ six-member class of newcomers.
|2014-15 MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH|
|Rank||Team (First-Place Votes)||Points|
|1.||San Diego State (34)||383|
|2.||Boise State (1)||275|
|11.||San José State||41|