Mountain West Basketball Power Rankings For January 15
Check out the latest Mountain West basketball staff power rankings
Nevada remains atop the Mountain West Wire staff power rankings
Throughout the season, the Mountain West Wire staff will provide weekly men’s basketball team power rankings. The rankings are compiled by the Wire staff on a standard 1-11 ranking basis.
Composite score is a rating that shows each team’s relative strength among the other ten Mountain West teams. After total votes are tallied, each team’s point total is divided by the team with the most votes, creating a composite score. The top-ranked team will always have a perfect composite score of 1.0000.
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11) San Jose State Spartans (3-14, 0-6)
—> San Jose State is off to its third 0-6 start in conference play in the five seasons it has been a Mountain West member. The Spartans don’t own a win over a team ranked above 270th in KenPom.
Composite score: .0909
10) Air Force Falcons (7-10, 1-4)
—> Now on the board in league play, Air Force has scored 75 or more points in each of the last three games after failing to do so in all but one of its first 12 games.
Composite score: .2545
9) Wyoming Cowboys (11-7, 2-3)
—> Allen Edwards’ squad has lost four of its last six after starting the season 9-3. The Cowboys have been defeated by four teams ranked 140th or worse in KenPom.
Composite score: .3636
8) New Mexico Lobos (8-11, 3-3)
—> To much surprise, New Mexico proudly stands at .500 in conference play in mid-January. The Lobos held second half leads in two of their three conference losses.
Composite score: .3818
7) Utah State Aggies (10-9, 3-3)
—> After a 2-0 week with wins over Fresno State and UNLV, Utah State fell back to reality with losses to Colorado State and Nevada. The Aggies trailed by 22 or more points in both games.
Composite score: .4909
6) Colorado State Rams (10-9, 3-3)
—> Colorado State enjoyed its most complete two-game stretch of the season, beating Utah State and Wyoming on the road rather comfortably. The Rams have averaged 80.3 points in the last three games after averaging 69.7 points in the first 15 games.
Composite score: .5091
5) UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (13-4, 2-2)
—> UNLV is 13-4 on the year but has either lost or had a two-possession winning margin or less in each of the last five games. Jovan Mooring is shooting 48.4% from the field in wins and 17.3% in losses.
Composite score: .5273
4) San Diego State Aztecs (11-5, 3-2)
—> The Aztecs are 6-12 in their last 18 true road games, including Saturday’s loss to Boise State. Brian Dutcher’s team is favored by KenPom in 11 of the final 13 conference games.
Composite score: .7273
3) Fresno State Bulldogs (13-6, 3-3)
—> Fresno State hasn’t recorded an undefeated multi-game week since the first week of December. The Bulldogs face Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming in Laramie and San Diego State twice over the next seven games.
Composite score: .7455
2) Boise State Broncos (15-3, 5-1)
—> Now in the KenPom top 50 for the first time since the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Boise State has five wins against the KenPom top 100. The Broncos play Nevada twice over the next eight games.
Composite score: .9091
1) Nevada Wolf Pack (16-3, 5-0)
—> Nevada has outscored opponents by 18.3 points per 100 possessions over its last nine games (8-1). The Wolf Pack has a 75% win probability or higher in 10 of its next 11 games, according to KenPom.
Composite score: 1.000