Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 2

Nov. 13, 2012


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Mountain West teams posted a collective 7-3 record in the opening weekend of the 2012-13 season, including a 2-0 mark by Air Force as the Falcons captured their second straight All-Military Classic tournament crown.

MW IN PRESEASON RANKINGS
San Diego State and UNLV remain ranked by voters in both national Top 25 polls following the opening weekend of play. The Runnin' Rebels stayed at No. 18 in the Associated Press poll, while moving up to No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' rankings. The Aztecs slipped to No. 23 and 25 in the Coaches' and AP polls, respectively, following their loss to No. 9/9 Syracuse on Sunday in the Battle of the Midway. SDSU has been ranked in the AP poll for 14 straight weeks and in both polls for 13 consecutive weeks.

SDSU'S FRANKLIN, UNLV'S MOSER EARN PRESEASON ACCOLADES
San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin and UNLV junior forward Mike Moser have been named to the preseason watch lists for the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. Both awards are presented annually to the top collegiate basketball player.

HOME SWEET HOME
Colorado State has won 14 consecutive games at Moby Arena and is tied with Savannah State for the nation's ninth-longest active home win streak. The Rams' last loss in Moby Arena was a 79-58 setback to 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 841 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.

SAN DIEGO STATE PICKED TO CAPTURE MW TITLE
Defending Mountain West co-regular-season champion San Diego State edged UNLV as the preseason favorite to win the MW men's basketball regular-season title in 2012-13. The Aztecs received 10 of 18 first-place votes and 153 points to garner the top spot in the poll. San Diego State amassed a 26-8 overall record in 2011-12 en route to capturing a share of the MW regular-season crown with a 10-4 mark. The Aztecs made their third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance last year, receiving an at-large bid. Four of five starters return among seven letterwinners, led by the 2011-12 MW Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin (Jr., G) and fellow all-MW performers Chase Tapley (Sr., G) and Xavier Thames (Jr., G).

One senior and four juniors representing four institutions were chosen for the 2012-13 preseason all-MW team. San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin received Preseason MW Player of the Year honors, while San Diego State's Dwayne Polee II and UNLV's Bryce DeJean-Jones shared Preseason Newcomer of the Year accolades. UNLV's Anthony Bennett earned Preseason Freshman of the Year kudos.

WELCOME BACK
The Mountain West returns 10 of 15 all-Conference performers from the 2011-12 season, including three first-team selections, all five second-team picks and two third-team honorees. The group is led by MW Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin (Jr., G, San Diego State) and MW Newcomer of the Year Mike Moser (Jr., F, UNLV). In addition, four Mountain West honorable mention honorees from last season also return to the hardwood.

MW newcomer Nevada returns junior guard Deonte Burton, who was the 2011-12 Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection in his previous conference, while fellow MW newcomer Fresno State returns second-team all-conference pick Kevin Olekaibe (Jr., G). Nevada guard Malik Story earned honorable mention status a year ago.

PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST
Deonte Burton, Jr., G, Nevada
Kendall Williams, Jr., G, New Mexico
Jamaal Franklin, Jr., G, San Diego State
Chase Tapley, Sr., G, San Diego State
Mike Moser, Jr., F, UNLV

PRESEASON MW PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jamaal Franklin, Jr., G, San Diego State

PRESEASON MW CO-NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
Dwayne Polee II, So., F, San Diego State
Bryce Dejean-Jones, So., G, UNLV

PRESEASON MW FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV

2012-13 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Here is a breakdown of the returning all-Mountain West performers from 2011-12:

FIRST-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST
Wes Eikmeier, Sr., G, Colorado State
Jamaal Franklin, Jr., G, San Diego State
Mike Moser, Jr., F, UNLV

SECOND-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST
Michael Lyons, Sr., G, Air Force
Kendall Williams, Jr., G, New Mexico
Chase Tapley, Sr., G, San Diego State
Anthony Marshall, Sr., G, UNLV
Leonard Washington, Sr., F, Wyoming

THIRD-TEAM ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST
Dorian Green, Sr., G, Colorado State
Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST
Anthony Drmic, So., G/F, Boise State
Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Tony Snell, Jr., G, New Mexico
Xavier Thames, Jr., G, San Diego State

RETURNING STARTERS AND LETTERWINNERS
This season, Mountain West rosters feature 69 returning letterwinners, including 28 starters. Air Force, Boise State and San Diego State each entered the 2012-13 campaign with four starters from a year ago, while the remaining six teams return at least two starters apiece.

TWO NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN MW RANKS IN 2012-13
The Mountain West welcomes two new head men's basketball coaches in 2012-13. Dave Pilipovich brings 26 years of coaching experience to his first full season as a head coach, officially taking over the reins at Air Force after serving as the Falcons' interim head coach for the final eight contests of the 2011-12 campaign. Pilipovich, who joined the Air Force program as an assistant prior to the 2007-08 season, also served on the staffs at Michigan (2005-07), Eastern Michigan (2000-05), Robert Morris (1996-00), Georgia State (1994-96), Florida Atlantic (1989-94) and California (1986-89).

Colorado State is now under the direction of Larry Eustachy, who recently completed an eight-year stint as the head coach at Southern Miss. Eustachy has 33 years of coaching experience, the last 21 as a head coach. He guided Southern Miss to 20-win campaigns each of the last three seasons, including a 25-9 mark and NCAA tournament berth in 2011-12. Prior to overseeing the Southern Miss program, Eustachy served as the head coach at Idaho (1990-93), Utah State (1993-98) and Iowa State (1998-03).

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 435-229 (.655) record over a 21-year head coaching career, while San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 442-243 (.645) in 21 seasons as a head coach. Eustachy has amassed a 403-258 (.610) career record, also over a 21-year span.


MW MEN'S BASKETBALL BY THE NUMBERS
2 Air Force captured its second straight All-Military Classic title with wins over Army (76-65) and Citadel (77-70) in Charleston, S.C. last weekend. The Falcons also claimed the event's inaugural crown last season, defeating Army (87-71) and VMI (75-65) in Clune Arena.
8 UNLV stretched its win streak in season openers to eight with Monday's 92-54 rout of Northern Arizona.
10 Air Force has won 10 consecutive season openers with Saturday's 76-65 victory over Army in the first round of the All-Military Classic.
10 New Mexico stretched its streak of home-opening wins to 10 with Monday's victory over Davidson. The Lobos are 79-26 all-time in home openers, including a 43-4 record in The Pit. New Mexico's last home-opening loss was a 76-68 setback to California on Nov. 23, 2002.
14 Colorado State has won 14 consecutive games at Moby Arena, which ties a school record. The Rams' last loss at home was a 79-58 setback to Southern Miss on Nov. 19, 2011.
15 Air Force's 15 made 3-pointers in Sunday's win at Citadel are the most by the Falcons since converting 15 against Colorado State on Jan. 3, 2007.
16 Colorado State's Pierce Hornung pulled down 16 rebounds in Friday's win over Montana. That is the highest single-game rebounding performance in the Mountain West this season.
22 San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin registered his 22nd consecutive double-figure scoring performance against No. 9/9 Syracuse on Sunday. Franklin's 22-game streak, which dates back to the 2011-12 season, is the longest active stretch of double-digit scoring in the Mountain West.
31 Fresno State has won or equaled the turnover battle in 31 of 34 games under head coach Rodney Terry. In Friday's narrow 55-53 loss at then-No. 24 Texas, the Bulldogs committed seven turnovers to the Longhorns' 13.
32 Colorado State's win over Montana last Friday marked its 32nd consecutive home-opening victory. The last time the Rams lost a home opener was on Dec. 8, 1980, against Oklahoma State. It was also the fifth consecutive season-opening win for CSU.
33 Air Force's Michael Lyons netted a career-high 33 points in Sunday's win over Citadel. That is the highest single-game scoring performance in the Mountain West this season, and the most points by a Falcon since Tyron Wright scored 36 against SMU on Feb. 18, 2000.
42 Wyoming held Western State to 42 points in Saturday's season-opening victory (62-42). That was the lowest point total allowed by the Cowboys since holding Washington State to 41 on March 19, 2012. Last season, the Pokes held seven teams below 50 points.
68 Nevada's Malik Story and Deonte Burton have started all 68 games of their Wolf Pack careers.
80 New Mexico has won 40 straight games and is 52-1 overall when scoring 80 or more points under head coach Steve Alford. The only loss during that stretch was to Utah (82-80, OT) in the 2008 Mountain West tournament.
81 The 81 points scored by Boise State in Sunday's season-opening victory over Texas Southern (81-63) were the most by a Bronco squad since netting 92 against Portland on Dec. 7, 2011.
92 The 92 points scored by UNLV in Monday's season-opening win over Northern Arizona (92-54) were the most for the Runnin' Rebels in a season-opener since the 2005-06 campaign when they began with a 108-73 victory over Long Beach State.
97 Colorado State's Dorian Green has started 97 consecutive games, which includes every game of his Ram career.
100 Nevada embarks on its first season in the Mountain West while celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wolf Pack basketball. The program's first year was in 1913 when the team went 3-1 under coach C.E. Holloway.
171 Nevada's Malik Story has converted 171 3-pointers in his career, which ranks as fourth-most in school history.
841 UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 841 consecutive games. The Runnin' Rebels are one of three teams (Princeton, Vanderbilt) to have made at least one 3-pointer in every one of their games since the 3-point rule was implemented at the start of the 1986-87 season.
1,049 Air Force's Michael Lyons became the 23rd player in Academy history to top the 1,000-point plateau for a career, reaching the milestone in Saturday's win over Army. The senior guard now has 1,049 points.

Coming Up in Mountain West Men's Basketball
Game Time TV
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
San Diego Christian at #25/23 SAN DIEGO STATE 7 p.m. PT FSSD
Oakland at BOISE STATE 7:30 p.m. MT  
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
North Carolina Central at WYOMING (2) 7 p.m. MT  
FRESNO STATE at UC Riverside 7 p.m. PT  
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Western State at AIR FORCE 7 p.m. MT  
Chadron State at COLORADO STATE 7 p.m. MT  
South Dakota at WYOMING (2) 7 p.m. MT  
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
NEW MEXICO vs. Illinois-Chicago (3) 5 p.m. AT CBSSN
Cal State Fullerton at NEVADA (4) 6 p.m. PT  
Pacific at FRESNO STATE 7 p.m. PT  
Southern at WYOMING (2) 8 p.m. MT  
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
#25/23 SAN DIEGO STATE at Missouri 1 p.m. CT  
NEW MEXICO at Paradise Jam (3) 3:30 p.m. AT  
Green Bay at NEVADA (4) 6 p.m. PT  
Jacksonville State at #18/18 UNLV (1) 7 p.m. PT  
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Louisiana-Lafayette at BOISE STATE 1 p.m. MT  
Regis at AIR FORCE 2 p.m. AT  
Southern Utah at NEVADA (4) 3:30 p.m. PT  
NEW MEXICO at Paradise Jam (3) 7 p.m. AT CBSSN
Legend
(1) Global Sports Classic (Las Vegas, Nev.)
(2) Global Sports Hoops Showcase (Laramie, Wyo.)
(3) Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
(4) World Vision Classic (Reno, Nev.)
* - Mountain West game.
CAPS denotes Mountain West team.
Bold denotes home team.
NBCSN - NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 220)
CBSSN - CBS Sports Network (DirecTV 613)
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.