Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Feb. 6, 2012

Feb. 6, 2012


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Mountain West squads closed out the first half of Conference play last Saturday with San Diego State (6-1) holding a one-game lead over UNLV (5-2) and New Mexico (5-2). Seven of the eight teams will take the week off before embarking on the second half of the MW schedule on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Notables:

  • Tuesday, February 7 is the deadline for entering the Mountain West's "Ultimate Fan Experience" contest! `Like' the Mountain West at www.facebook.com/MountainWestConference for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2012 Conoco MW Basketball Championships in Las Vegas. Grand prize winners will receive airfare and hotel accommodations for two, two all-session VIP tickets and hospitality passes to the tournament, backstage access to post-game press conferences, shuttle transportation to/from the hotel and arena, and $200 cash for food and souvenirs.

  • Mountain West teams closed out the first half of Conference play last Saturday with San Diego State (6-1) holding a one-game lead over UNLV (5-2) and New Mexico (5-2), who are tied for second place in the MW standings. Wyoming (4-3) and Colorado State (4-3) are knotted up in fourth place, while TCU (3-4), Air Force (1-6) and Boise State (0-7) round out the group in sixth through eighth place, respectively. Seven of the eight teams will take the week off before embarking on the second half of the schedule on Saturday, Feb. 11. TCU will be the lone team in action, stepping out for a non-conference visit to in-state rival SMU on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

  • UNLV (21-4) and San Diego State (20-3) are two of 19 teams (Murray State 23-0; Kentucky 23-1; Syracuse 23-1; Saint Mary's 22-2; Baylor 21-2; Missouri 21-2; Creighton 21-3; Middle Tennessee 21-4; Oral Roberts 21-5; Harvard 20-2; North Carolina 20-3; Ohio State 20-3; Southern Miss 20-3; Cleveland State 20-4; Wichita State 20-4; VCU 20-5 and BYU 20-6) with at least 20 wins through games of Feb. 5. The Mountain West is one of four conferences (Big 12, MVC, WCC) to have multiple 20-win teams.

  • UNLV has 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season, hitting the benchmark before the month of February for the first time since 1987. This is the first time since 1987-93 that the Runnin' Rebels have won 20 or more games in six consecutive years.

  • San Diego State has recorded its school-record seventh straight 20-win season and eighth of Steve Fisher's tenure. The Aztecs had a total of nine 20-win campaigns in the 78 seasons prior to Fisher's arrival on campus, which includes just two 20-win campaigns at the Division I level.

  • UNLV has racked up a league-high nine 20-win campaigns in 13 seasons as a member of the Mountain West, followed by San Diego State (eight), New Mexico (six), Air Force and Wyoming (three each).

  • UNLV (21-4), San Diego State (20-3), New Mexico (19-4) and Wyoming (18-5) have all reached the 18-win mark, making the MW one of three leagues (Big East, Big Ten) with at least four 18-win teams through games of Feb. 5.

  • San Diego State (54-6) is tied with Ohio State for the nation's best record since the start of the 2010-11 season.

  • UNLV sophomore forward Mike Moser is one of 20 players on the 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced Monday. Moser leads the No. 14/16 Runnin' Rebels in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double (14.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg). His rebounding average ranks third in the country and he is the only player in the nation to have two games with 20 or more rebounds this season.

  • Three Mountain West teams are ranked in the nation's top-25 for longest active home win streaks. UNLV has won 12 straight games at the Thomas and Mack Center, and is tied for 21st with Mississippi State and Stony Brook, while Colorado State is 24th with an 11-game win streak at Moby Arena. San Diego State has won 10 consecutive games at Viejas Arena and is tied for 25th with Colorado and Southern Miss.

  • In 2011-12, the Mountain West is 11-3 against the Pac-12, with the MW's top three teams (New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV) combining for an 8-0 mark, including Aztec and Runnin' Rebel wins over current Pac-12 co-leader California. Over the last three seasons, the MW owns a mark of 20-12 against the Pac-12. During that three-year span, the MW has not only left the Pac-12 in its wake, it has also gone 28-8 against the Western Athletic Conference; 19-7 vs. the West Coast Conference; 20-4 against the Big West Conference; and 25-7 vs. teams from the Big Sky Conference.

  • San Diego State climbed to 13th and 14th, respectively, in the latest Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls following wins over Boise State and TCU last week. UNLV slipped to 14th in the AP rankings and 16th in the Coaches' poll following a split of its two games against Colorado State and Wyoming. New Mexico continues to receive votes, garnering five from the AP voters and 13 from the coaches. The Mountain West is one of six conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC) to have multiple teams ranked in the top-20 of both polls.

  • The Mountain West remains fifth in the latest conference RPI rankings, ahead of the ACC, Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley, Conference USA and Pac-12

  • Three Mountain West teams are ranked in the top-25 of the Feb. 6 NCAA RPI report, with UNLV leading the pack at No. 10. San Diego State is listed at No. 20, followed by Colorado State (24th). The Mountain West is one five conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten) to have three or more teams ranked in the top-25 of the RPI. Overall, five MW teams are listed among the top 70, with New Mexico (44th) and Wyoming (69th) joining the Runnin' Rebels, Rams and Aztecs.

  • 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 830 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.

  • Fans from around the Mountain West can have their men's basketball questions answered by MW Senior Writer Mick McGrane in McGrane's Mailbag. Questions can be submitted several ways - by email (mick@themwc.com), through Twitter (@MWCMick), or by comment on McGrane's Take, the MW official blog on TheMWC.com

  • The 2011-12 MW men's basketball schedule features a minimum of 80 telecasts available on a national basis. All 56 Conference regular-season match-ups and all eight MW Championship contests are included in the television broadcasts. MW fans have the opportunity to watch men's basketball games on the league's family of networks - The Mtn. (DirecTV 616), CBS Sports Network (DirecTV 613) and NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603).
Coming Up in Mountain West Men's Basketball
Game Time TV
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
TCU at SMU 7 p.m. CT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
*No. 13/14 SAN DIEGO STATE at No. 14/16 UNLV 1 p.m. PT NBCSN
*WYOMING at NEW MEXICO 1:30 p.m. MT The Mtn.
*BOISE STATE at AIR FORCE 7 p.m. MT CBSSN
*COLORADO STATE at TCU 7:30 p.m. CT The Mtn.
Legend
* - Mountain West game.
CAPS denotes Mountain West team.
The Mtn. - The MountainWest Sports Network DirecTV 616
CBSSN - CBS Sports Network DirecTV 613
NBCSN - NBC Sports Network DirecTV 603
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.