Mountain West Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 3

Nov. 19, 2012


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The Mountain West was the only conference to go without a loss last week as the nine MW squad combined to post an unblemished 20-0 record between Nov. 12 and 18. The MW enters this week's action as the only conference with all teams having a winning record.

STRONG OUT OF THE GATE
Through games of Nov. 18, Mountain West teams boast the nation's second-best collective win percentage. MW squads are 25-3 against non-conference opponents for an .893 win percentage, which trails only the Big 12's .897 (26-3) clip. Two of the MW's three losses are to ranked opponents (Nov. 9 at No. 24 Texas and Nov. 11 vs. No. 9/9 Syracuse). The Mountain West is the only conference with all teams having winning records.

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 both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. The AP voters kept the Aztecs at No. 25, while the coaches' panel also moved them to No. 25. SDSU has been ranked in the AP poll for 15 straight weeks and in both polls for 14 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 15 consecutive games at Moby Arena and is tied with Savannah State for the nation's eighth-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 842 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
3 Boise State is off to a 3-0 start for the third straight season, marking the first time in program history the Broncos have opened with a 3-0 record in three consecutive seasons.
3 Nevada's 3-1 mark after four games is the program's best under fourth-year head coach David Carter.
4 Air Force is 4-0 for the first time since opening the 2007-08 season with a 5-0 record.
4 Wyoming's 4-0 start to the 2012-13 campaign is its best since opening the 2008-09 season with a 5-0 mark.
5 Boise State committed just five turnovers in its Nov. 13 win against Oakland, marking the Broncos' fewest miscues since tying a school record with four against San Jose State on Jan. 2, 2002.
13 The 13 points allowed by Colorado State in the opening stanza of Thursday's win over Chadron State were the fewest in a first half since the Rams gave up just 13 points in a Nov. 24, 2009 victory against Mayville State.
15 Colorado State has won 15 consecutive home games, marking the longest streak for the Rams since Moby Arena became the program's home in 1966. The 15-game run is tied for the program's second-longest all-time behind a 22-game home win streak set from 1960-62 when CSU called South College Gym home. The Rams' last loss in Moby Arena was a 79-58 setback to Southern Miss (then led by first-year CSU coach Larry Eustachy) on Nov. 19, 2011.
16 Colorado State's Pierce Hornung pulled down 16 rebounds in a Nov. 9 win over Montana. That is the highest single-game rebounding performance in the Mountain West this season.
19 Mountain West squads are a collective 19-0 on their home courts through games of Nov. 18.
20 Mountain West teams posted a perfect 20-0 record the week of Nov. 12-18. The MW was the only conference to go without a loss during that span.
22 San Diego State is 22-5 in road games since March 6, 2010. That is the fourth-best record in the nation during that span, trailing only Wichita State, Kansas and Murray State.
24 San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin stretched his double-figure scoring streak to 24 games last week with 28 and 22 points against San Diego Christian and Missouri State, respectively. Franklin's 24-game streak, which dates back to the 2011-12 season, is the longest active stretch of double-digit scoring in the Mountain West.
26 Air Force registered 26 assists in its Nov. 15 win over Western State, the most in one game since tallying a school-record 36 against Doane on Nov. 22, 1997.
33 Fresno State has won or equaled the turnover battle in 33 of 36 games under head coach Rodney Terry.
33 Air Force's Michael Lyons netted a career-high 33 points in a Nov. 11 win at 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.
37 Air Force averaged a 37-point margin of victory in wins over Western State (102-68) and Regis (83-43) last week. The last time the Falcons beat back-to-back opponents by at least 30 points was Nov. 15 (79-45 vs. Stanford) and Nov. 18 (84-46 vs. Colorado) of the 2006 campaign.
40 Air Force's 40-point victory (83-43) against Regis on Sunday was the Falcons' largest since an 82-31 win over Colorado College on Dec. 9, 2006.
43 Colorado State's 43-point victory (93-50) over Chadron State on Nov. 15 marks the Rams' largest margin of victory since a 94-50 win against Dominican on Dec. 30, 2010.
44 New Mexico's Tony Snell (17-of-19) and Kendall Williams (27-of-29) are a combined 44-of-48 (.917) from the free throw line through games of Nov. 18.
44 The 44 points allowed by San Diego State in Saturday's win at Missouri State were the fewest surrendered by the Aztecs since a 52-42 win over Wyoming on Jan. 24, 2012.
46 Air Force's 46 rebounds in Sunday's win over Regis were the most in a game since gathering 50 against San Diego State on Jan. 20, 2000.
46 San Diego State is 46-5 over the last 51 games when outrebounding its opponent.
62 San Diego State is 62-12 since the beginning of the 2010-11 season. That record is tied with Duke for the fifth-best win percentage in the nation, trailing only Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky and Syracuse.
65 Sunday's victory over Southern Utah marked the 65th win of Nevada head coach David Carter's career at the helm of the Wolf Pack program. The 65 wins tie Jim Carrey (1976-80) for ninth-most in school history.
71 Nevada's Malik Story and Deonte Burton have started all 71 games of their Wolf Pack careers.
71 San Diego State has won 71 consecutive games when leading with five minute to play in regulation.
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.
98 Colorado State's Dorian Green has started 98 consecutive games, which includes every game of his Ram career.
102 Air Force's 102-68 victory over Western State last Thursday marked the first time the Falcons had topped the 100-point mark in a game since a 111-88 win over Denver on Feb. 16, 1999.
142 UNLV's Anthony Marshall has 142 career steals, which ranks 10th on the school's all-time list.
176 Nevada's Malik Story has converted 176 3-pointers in his career, which ranks as fourth-most in school history.
842 UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 842 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.
1,014 Nevada's Deonte Burton and Malik Story became the 23rd and 24th Wolf Pack players to top the 1,000-point mark for a career. Burton and Story each have 1,014 points in 71 Wolf Pack career games.

Coming Up in Mountain West Men's Basketball
Game Time TV
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
FRESNO STATE at Cal Poly 7 p.m. PT Live Stream
NEW MEXICO vs. No. 21/23 Connecticut (1) 11 p.m. AT CBSSN
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
BOISE STATE at No. 15/19 Michigan State 8 p.m. ET BTN
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Montana State at AIR FORCE 7 p.m. MT Live Stream
COLORADO STATE at Denver 7 p.m. MT ROOT
WYOMING at Northern Coloardo 7 p.m. MT  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at NO. 25/25 SAN DIEGO STATE 7:30 p.m. PT FSSD
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Oregon at NO. 18/18 UNLV (2) 6 p.m. PT CBSSN
Idaho at NEW MEXICO 8:30 p.m. MT  
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
UC Santa Barbara at BOISE STATE 2 p.m. MT Live Stream
COLORADO STATE at Washington 4:30 p.m. PT P12N
NEVADA at Marshall 7 p.m. ET Live Stream
Cal State Bakersfield at WYOMING 7 p.m. MT  
TBD at NO. 18/18 UNLV (2) TBA CBSSN
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Long Beach State at FRESNO STATE 1 p.m. PT Live Stream
AIR FORCE at No. 23 Colorado 6 p.m. MT P12N
Portland at NEW MEXICO 6 p.m. MT ROOT
NO. 25/25 SAN DIEGO STATE at USC 7 p.m. PT FSN
Legend
(1) Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
(2) Global Sports Classic (Las Vegas, 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.