Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 15

Feb. 11, 2013


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The second half of Mountain West action is underway with league-leading New Mexico (7-2) looking to hold off its MW counterparts down the stretch. Second-place Colorado State (6-2) enters this week's action just a half-game back of the Lobos, followed by third-place San Diego State (6-3) and Air Force and UNLV who are knotted up in fourth place at 5-4 apiece.

MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS SECOND IN CONFERENCE RPI
The Mountain West is ranked second in conference RPI through games of Feb. 10, 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.

MOUNTAIN WEST IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
With only postseason competition remaining, 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 .795 (101-26) win percentage currently ranks well 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.

MW TEAMS IN NCAA RPI RANKINGS
New Mexico (3), Colorado State (15) and UNLV (20) are in the top 20 of the Feb. 11 NCAA RPI report. The Mountain West is one of four conferences with at least three teams ranked in the RPI top 20, and at least five teams in the top 50 (San Diego State 28; Boise State 48). In addition, two more Mountain West teams are in the top 75 with Wyoming (62) and Air Force (74) joining their MW counterparts.

MW IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Colorado State (19-4, 6-2 MW) is ranked for the first time since 1954, entering both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 polls at No. 24. The Rams join New Mexico (20-4, 7-2 MW), listed at No. 18 and 19, respectively, in the AP and Coaches' rankings, and San Diego State (18-5, 6-3 MW), who sits at No. 22 in the Coaches' poll.

Five different Mountain West teams have been ranked in at least one national poll this season, marking a first for the Conference. The Mountain West is one of five conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12) to have five or more teams ranked in at least one top-25 poll at some point this season, and one of four (Big East, Big Ten, Big 12) to have 50 percent or more of its teams appear in at least one poll at some point.

The MW has had at least one team ranked in both polls for 29 consecutive weeks and two teams listed in the AP poll for 25 of the last 27 weeks. At least two MW teams have been ranked in the Coaches' poll 26 of the last 28 weeks.

HOME SWEET HOME
Colorado State has won a school-record 26 straight games at Moby Arena, which ranks as the nation's third-longest active home win streak behind Syracuse (37) and South Dakota State (28). 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 864 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 454-233 (.661) record over a 21-year head coaching career, while San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 460-247 (.651) in 21 seasons as a head coach. Eustachy has amassed a 421-262 (.616) 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).

UNLV'S BENNETT ON ROBERTSON, TISDALE AWARD WATCH LISTS
UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett is on the 12-player Midseason Watch Lists for both the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by Aflac, which goes to the National Player of the Year, and the 2013 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award, which is given to the National Freshman of the Year.

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.

Coming Up in Mountain West Men's Basketball
Game Time TV/Webstream
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
*UNLV at AIR FORCE 7 p.m. MT TWCSN
*NEVADA at WYOMING 7 p.m. MT Live Stream
*NO. 19/18 NEW MEXICO at FRESNO STATE 7 p.m. PT Live Stream
*NO. 22 SAN DIEGO STATE at NO. 24/24 COLORADO STATE 8:15 p.m. PT CBSSN
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16
*NO. 24/24 COLORADO STATE at AIR FORCE 2 p.m. MT ALT
*FRESNO STATE at WYOMING 2 p.m. MT Live Stream
*NO. 22 SAN DIEGO STATE at UNLV 6 p.m. PT NBCSN
*BOISE STATE at NO. 19/18 NEW MEXICO 7 p.m. MT ROOT
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.