Three Mountain West Teams Ranked in Latest Men's Hoops Polls

Nov. 27, 2012


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three Mountain West teams are listed in both national Top 25 polls, as New Mexico joined San Diego State and UNLV in the latest rankings released on Monday. The MW is one of five conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, SEC) to have at least three teams ranked in both polls.

The 6-0 Lobos, off to their best start since opening the 2009-10 campaign with a 12-0 record, entered the USA Today/Coaches' and Associated Press polls at No. 23 and 25, respectively. This marks the third time in four seasons UNM has broken into the Top 25.

The Aztecs (4-1) are ranked No. 21 in the Coaches' poll and No. 23 in the AP listing. SDSU has been included in the AP poll for 16 straight weeks and in the Coaches' poll for 15 of the last 16 weeks.

The Runnin' Rebels (3-1) are listed 20th by the Coaches and 24th by the AP voters. UNLV has been ranked in the AP poll for 17 consecutive weeks and in the Coaches' poll for 18 of the last 21 weeks.

This is the fourth straight year the Mountain West has had three teams ranked at some point during the season. The MW has had one team ranked in both polls for 18 consecutive weeks and two teams listed in the AP poll for 16 straight weeks. Two MW teams have been ranked in the Coaches' poll 15 of the last 16 weeks.

Through games of Nov. 26, Mountain West teams boast the nation's best collective win percentage, posting a 39-8 (.830) against non-conference opponents. Four of the MW's eight losses have been to ranked opponents (Nov. 9 at No. 24 Texas; Nov. 11 vs. No. 9/9 Syracuse; Nov. 20 at #15/19 Michigan State and No. 25 at #23 Colorado). The Mountain West is the only conference with all teams having winning records heading into this week's action.