Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Feb. 13, 2012

Feb. 13, 2012


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UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico find themselves knotted at 6-2 at the top of the Mountain West standings as the Conference race enters the final three weeks. There is also a logjam at the No. 3 through 6 positions with Wyoming, Colorado State and TCU tied at 4-4.

Notables:

  • The Mountain West is one of five conferences (Big 12, Big East, CAA, WCC) to have at least three 20-win teams through games of Feb. 12.

  • UNLV (22-4) 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 the Runnin' Rebels have won 20 or more games in six consecutive years.

  • San Diego State (20-4) 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.

  • New Mexico (20-4) reached the 20-win mark for the 19th time in the past 26 seasons, including all five under head coach Steve Alford. This marks the Lobos' 25th 20-win campaign overall, with all of them coming since the 1963-64 season.

  • 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 (seven), Air Force and Wyoming (three each).

  • Since the start of the 2010-11 season, San Diego State has registered the nation's second-best win percentage (.885), while amassing the third-most wins (54).

  • Three Mountain West teams are ranked in the nation's top-25 for longest active home win streaks. UNLV has won 13 straight games at the Thomas and Mack Center, and is tied for 15th with South Dakota State and Stony Brook, while Colorado State has an 11-game win streak at Moby Arena and is tied for 18th with Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. San Diego State has won 10 consecutive games at Viejas Arena and is tied for 21st with American, Colorado, Gonzaga, Massachusetts and Memphis.

  • New Mexico takes a five-game win streak into Wednesday's outing at San Diego State. The Lobos, whose last loss was on Jan. 21 at No. 14/20 UNLV (80-63), are tied with six other teams (Fairfield, Georgia Southern, LIU Brooklyn, McNeese State, Missouri, Syracuse) for the 24th-longest active win streak nationally.

  • 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.

  • UNLV moved ahead of San Diego State in the latest Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls following the Runnin' Rebels' 65-63 win over the Aztecs last Saturday. UNLV is ranked 11th in both polls, while SDSU is 13th in the AP rankings and 15th in the Coaches' poll. New Mexico continues to receive votes by both groups, garnering 12 from the AP voters and 17 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-15 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

  • Two Mountain West teams are ranked in the top-25 of the Feb. 13 NCAA RPI report. UNLV leads the league with a No. 9 listing, followed by San Diego State at No. 22. The Mountain West is one six conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA) to have multiple teams ranked in the top-25 of the RPI. Overall, five MW teams are listed among the top 70, with Colorado State (30th), New Mexico (33rd) and Wyoming (65th) joining the Runnin' Rebels 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 831 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
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
*No. 11/11 UNLV at TCU 6:30 p.m. CT The Mtn.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
*AIR FORCE at WYOMING 6 p.m. MT The Mtn.
*NEW MEXICO at No. 13/15 SAN DIEGO STATE 7 p.m. PT CBSSN/4SD
*COLORADO STATE At BOISE STATE 8 p.m. MT The Mtn.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
*No. 11/11 UNLV at NEW MEXICO 11 a.m. MT CBS
*No. 13/15 SAN DIEGO STATE at AIR FORCE 2 p.m. MT NBCSN
*TCU at BOISE STATE 2 p.m. MT The Mtn.
*WYOMING at COLORADO STATE 7 p.m. MT 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.