Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 10
Jan. 8, 2013
Eight of nine Mountain West teams head into Conference play with winning records as the MW portion of the 2012-13 slate tips off this week. Six of the eight MW contests will be televised, highlighted by Wednesday's Top 25 matchup between No. 24/19 UNLV and No. 25 New Mexico on CBS Sports Network (8 p.m. MT).
COWBOYS REMAIN UNDEFEATED
Wyoming (13-0) is one of four undefeated teams (Michigan 15-0; Arizona 14-0; Duke 14-0) nationally through games of Jan. 7. The Pokes are the second team in the 14-year history of the Mountain West to enter Conference play undefeated. The 2010-11 San Diego State squad entered MW play with a 15-0 record.
STRONG OUT OF THE GATE
With just two non-conference games left on the regular-season slate (Air Force vs. New Orleans on Jan. 23; Wyoming at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 6), the Mountain West is on pace to post the best composite out-of-conference record in the league's 14-year history, as the current .792 (99-26) win percentage currently ranks ahead of the .756 (102-33) clip MW teams compiled last season. The Mountain West has finished with a .700 or better win percentage in non-conference play each of the last three seasons and four times overall.
The Mountain West is the only conference to have six teams with two or fewer losses through games of Jan. 7, with those six squads combining for a 76-10 record.
MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS AMONG TOP THREE IN CONFERENCE RPI
The Mountain West ranks No. 2 and 3 in the conference RPI listings by Sagarin and RPIRatings.com, respectively. The Mountain West has ranked in the top 10 of the final NCAA RPI in 12 of 13 seasons.
MW TEAMS IN NCAA RPI RANKINGS
Six of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 40 of the Jan. 7 NCAA RPI report, marking the highest percentage of teams for any of the 32 conferences. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 11, while Colorado State (No. 20) is second, followed by UNLV (No. 23), Wyoming (No. 24), Boise State (No. 33) and San Diego State (No. 40).
MW IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Undefeated Wyoming (13-0) moved into No. 25 in the latest USA Today/Coaches' rankings, becoming the fourth Mountain West team to crack a Top 25 poll this season. This is the first Top 25 ranking for the Cowboys since earning a No. 13 slot in the final 1987-88 Associated Press poll.
San Diego State and UNLV are ranked by both the AP and Coaches' panels, while New Mexico is listed in the AP poll. Wyoming also continues to receive consideration from the AP voters, garnering 87 points, while New Mexico (13-2) and Colorado State (13-2) earned 48 and two points, respectively, from the Coaches' panel.
The Mountain West is one of three conferences (Big East, Big Ten) to have at least three teams listed by both panels. This marks the first time in the league's 14-year history that four teams have been ranked in at least one of the national Top 25 polls at some point during the season.
The Aztecs (12-2) climbed to 16th in the AP poll and 15th in the coaches' rankings following their Jan. 2 win over CSU Bakersfield. SDSU has been included in the AP poll for 22 straight weeks and in the Coaches' poll for 21 of the last 23 weeks.
The 13-2 Lobos fell out of the Coaches' poll and slipped to No. 25 in the AP rankings after a New Year's Eve loss at Saint Louis. New Mexico has been listed in at least one of the polls six of the last seven weeks.
The Runnin' Rebels (13-2) returned to the AP listing at No. 24 and climbed to No. 19 in the Coaches' poll after posting wins over Chicago State and CSU Bakersfield last week. UNLV has been ranked in the coaches' poll for 24 of the last 27 weeks and in the AP poll for 22 of the last 23 weeks.
The MW has had at least one team ranked in both polls for 24 consecutive weeks and two teams listed in the AP poll for 22 straight weeks. At least two MW teams have been ranked in the Coaches' poll 21 of the last 22 weeks. At least three MW teams have been ranked in both polls five of the last seven weeks.
WYOMING WIN STREAK AT 13
Wyoming has opened the 2012-13 campaign with 13 consecutive victories, which is tied with Maryland for the fourth-longest active win streak in the country behind Michigan (15), Arizona (14) and Duke (14). The Cowboys' last loss was at Washington State on March 19, 2012 as part of the postseason College Basketball Invitational.
HOME SWEET HOME
Colorado State has won 22 straight games at Moby Arena, which ties a school record and ranks as the nation's fourth-longest active home win streak. The Rams' last loss in Moby Arena was against Southern Miss on Nov. 19, 2011.
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 855 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
With the addition of Colorado State's Larry Eustachy, the Mountain West is now home to three 400-win head coaches. New Mexico's Steve Alford has accumulated a 447-231 (.659) record over a 21-year head coaching career, while San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 454-244 (.650) in 21 seasons as a head coach. Eustachy has amassed a 415-260 (.615) career record, also over a 21-year span.
|Coming Up in Mountain West Men's Basketball|
|Game||Time||TV/Webstream||WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9|
|NEVADA at AIR FORCE*||7 p.m. MT||Live Stream|
|BOISE STATE at NO. 25 WYOMING*||8 p.m. MT||ROOT|
|NO. 24/19 UNLV at NO. 25 NEW MEXICO*||7 p.m. MT||CBSSN|
|NO. 16/15 SAN DIEGO STATE at FRESNO STATE*||8:30 p.m. PT||TWCSN||SATURDAY, JANUARY 12|
|FRESNO STATE at NO. 25 NEW MEXICO*||7 p.m. MT||My50|
|NO. 25 WYOMING at NEVADA*||3 p.m. PT||Live Stream|
|COLORADO STATE at NO. 16/15 SAN DIEGO STATE*||5 p.m. PT||NBCSN|
|AIR FORCE at NO. 24/19 UNLV*||7 p.m. PT||TWCSN||Legend|
|* - Mountain West game.|
|CAPS denotes Mountain West team.|
|Bold denotes home team.|
|Rankings listed according to Associated Press/USA Today Coaches' Top-25 polls.|
|All dates and times subject to change.|
|Live stats available for most games.|