Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 13

Jan. 28, 2013


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As we approach the midway point of the Mountain West race, just two games separate the number one through seven spots in the Conference standings. Six of this week's eight Mountain West games will be televised, beginning with Tuesday's in-state rivalry clash between Nevada and UNLV on CBS Sports Network (7 p.m. PT).

MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS SECOND IN CONFERENCE RPI
The Mountain West is ranked second in conference RPI through games of Jan. 27, marking the third straight year the league has been among the top five. The Mountain West has ranked fifth in each of the last two seasons.

MW TEAMS IN NCAA RPI RANKINGS
Four of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 30 of the Jan. 28 NCAA RPI report. The MW is one of three conferences (Big East, Big Ten) to have four or more teams ranked in the top 30. New Mexico leads the MW pack at No. 7, while UNLV (No. 17) is second, followed by Colorado State (No. 23) and San Diego State (No. 29). Three more MW teams are ranked in the top 75 with Wyoming coming in at No. 55, Boise State at No. 66 and Air Force at No. 71.

MW IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
New Mexico (17-3) slipped into 20th place in the Associated Press rankings and 22nd in the USA Today/Coaches' poll after splitting its two Mountain West contests last week. San Diego State (16-4) went 2-0 in Conference play last week and rejoined UNM in the AP rankings at No. 22, while climbing to No. 20 in the Coaches' listing. Colorado State and UNLV continue to receive votes by both panels. Four different Mountain West teams have been ranked in at least one national poll this season, marking a first for the Conference.

The MW has had at least one team ranked in both polls for 27 consecutive weeks and two teams listed in the AP poll for 24 of the last 25 weeks. At least two MW teams have been ranked in the Coaches' poll 24 of the last 25 weeks.

HOME SWEET HOME
Colorado State has won a school-record 24 straight games at Moby Arena, which ranks as the nation's fourth-longest active home win streak behind Syracuse (35), Kansas (33) and South Dakota State (26). 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 860 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 451-232 (.660) record over a 21-year head coaching career, while San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 458-246 (.651) in 21 seasons as a head coach. Eustachy has amassed a 418-262 (.615) career record, also over a 21-year span.

WORKING OVERTIME
New Mexico has played a league-high two overtime games in 2012-13. Air Force and UNLV share the Mountain West record (five) for most overtime contests in a single season (both in 2001-02). The MW record for most overtime games in Conference-only contests is four, shared by UNLV (2001-02) and New Mexico (2006-07).

STRONG OUT OF THE GATE
With just one non-conference game left on the regular-season slate (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 .794 (100-26) 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 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.

Coming Up in Mountain West Men's Basketball
Game Time TV/Webstream
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
*NEVADA at UNLV 7 p.m. PT CBSSN
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
*FRESNO STATE at AIR FORCE 7 p.m. MT Live Stream
*BOISE STATE at COLORADO STATE 7 p.m. MT Live Stream
*NO. 20/22 NEW MEXICO at WYOMING 7 p.m. PT ROOT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
*NO. 22/20 SAN DIEGO STATE at AIR FORCE 1 p.m. PT TWCSN
*WYOMING at COLORADO STATE 5 p.m. PT ROOT
*NEVADA at NO. 20/22 NEW MEXICO 6 p.m. MT NBCSN
*UNLV at BOISE STATE 7 p.m. MT 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.