Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 11

Jan. 14, 2013


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An exciting first week of Mountain West play included one top 25 matchup, two overtime contests, a 5-3 record by home teams and five games decided by seven or fewer points. Another top 25 clash highlights this week's schedule, as No. 23 UNLV visits No. 15/14 San Diego State on Wednesday (7:15 p.m. PT, CBSSN).

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.

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 37 of the Jan. 14 NCAA RPI report, marking the highest percentage of teams for any of the 32 conferences. The Mountain West and Big Ten are the only two conferences to have six teams ranked in the top 37. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 11, while UNLV (No. 24) is second, followed by Colorado State (No. 25), Boise State (No. 28), San Diego State (No. 29) and Wyoming (No. 37).

MW IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Four different Mountain West teams have been ranked in at least one national poll this season, marking a first for the Conference.

San Diego State and New Mexico are ranked by both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches' panels, while UNLV is listed in the Coaches' poll and receiving votes from the AP voters. Wyoming slipped out of the Coaches' rankings but is receiving votes by both panels, while Boise State is also garnering attention from the coaches.

The Aztecs (14-2) climbed to 15th in the AP poll and 14th in the coaches' rankings after opening MW play with wins over Fresno State and Colorado State. SDSU has been included in the AP poll for 23 straight weeks and in the Coaches' poll for 22 of the last 24 weeks.

The 15-2 Lobos jumped into 19th place in the AP rankings and 21st in the Coaches' following wins over then-No.24/19 UNLV and Fresno State. New Mexico has been listed in at least one of the polls seven of the last eight weeks.

The Runnin' Rebels (14-3) slipped out of the AP listing but remained in the Coaches' poll at No. 23 following a split in their two MW outings. UNLV has been ranked in the coaches' poll for 25 of the last 28 weeks and in the AP poll for 22 of the last 24.

The MW has had at least one team ranked in both polls for 25 consecutive weeks and two teams listed in the AP poll for 23 straight weeks. At least two MW teams have been ranked in the Coaches' poll 22 of the last 23 weeks. At least three MW teams have been ranked in both polls five of the last eight 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.

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 behind Syracuse (34), Kansas (31) and South Dakota State (25). The Rams' last loss in Moby Arena was against Southern Miss on Nov. 19, 2011.

MOUNTAIN WEST DUO ON WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 25
San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin and UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett have been named to the 2012-13 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and the beginning of January, are the frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official ballot. The National Ballot will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy's will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta.

NEW MEXICO'S KENDALL WILLIAMS NAMED TO COUSY WATCH LIST
New Mexico junior guard Kendall Williams has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame final watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The award is named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy and recognizes the top point guard in men's college basketball. The list of candidates will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February, and the final five in March. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

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 857 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 449-231 (.660) record over a 21-year head coaching career, while San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 456-244 (.651) in 21 seasons as a head coach. Eustachy has amassed a 415-261 (.614) career record, also over a 21-year span.

Coming Up in Mountain West Men's Basketball
Game Time TV/Webstream
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
*AIR FORCE at COLORADO STATE 7 p.m. MT Live Stream
*NO. 19/21 NEW MEXICO at BOISE STATE 7 p.m. MT ROOT
*WYOMING at FRESNO STATE 7 p.m. PT Live Stream
*NO. 23 UNLV at NO. 15/14 SAN DIEGO STATE 7:15 p.m. PT CBSSN
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
*BOISE STATE at AIR FORCE 2 p.m. MT Live Stream
*NO. 23 UNLV at COLORADO STATE 5 p.m. MT NBCSN
*NO. 15/14 SAN DIEGO STATE at WYOMING 5:30 p.m. MT TWCSN
*NEVADA at FRESNO STATE 7 p.m. PT Live Stream
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.