Mountain West Basketball Week 2: What We Learned

Mountain West Basketball Week 2: What We Learned

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Mountain West Basketball Week 2: What We Learned

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Mountain West Basketball Week 2: What We Learned


What we learned in the second week of Mountain West basketball


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Mountain West Basketball Week 2: What We Learned

Mountain West Basketball Week 1: Plays of the Week
Nevada Steamrolls Over Pacific 83-61
Boise State Stunned 72-70 By Idaho State In Season Opener

The second week of Mountain West basketball is in the books. Here’s what we learned:

Monday is going to tell us a lot

How about this for a Mountain West trio on Monday? San Diego State battles No. 1 Duke in the opening round of the Maui Invitational, Boise State takes on Creighton in the Cayman Islands and Utah State plays Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas.

San Diego State is the strongest of the three MWC teams in action, but is surely the biggest underdog.

Upstart Utah State, which is 4-0 with a 35-point win, a 30-point win, a 27-point win, and a 19-point win, could cement its status as one of the conference’s early competitors with a neutral-site win over the WCC power in Saint Mary’s.

New Mexico’s defense needs a ton of work

New Mexico is three games into the season and still has yet to allow fewer than one point-per-possession to an opponent. CSU Northridge scored 84 points on 80 possessions, Iona produced 83 points on 82 possessions, and New Mexico State tallied 98 points on just 76 possessions. The Lobos rank 217th in adjusted defensive efficiency and 284th in raw defensive efficiency. It’s still early, so a lot of these numbers will change dramatically over the next few games, but it’s still concerning for Paul Weir’s squad. UNM won’t win many games if the team is this poor defensively.

San Jose State can compete

Yes, the Spartans have yet to win a game against a Division-I opponent this season. Look at how close Jean Prioleau’s squad is to being undefeated through five games, though. SJSU held a 51-44 lead with nine minutes to go against Southern Utah, closed within two possessions with three minutes left at Weber State, and had two double-digit leads in both of its games in the Bahamas (led by 10 with four minutes left against CSU Bakersfield and by 13 with nine minutes to go against Central Michigan). These efforts haven’t converted into wins quite yet, but it’s a building block for what could be a bit of a pleasantly surprising season in San Jose. Next on the agenda for Prioleau’s team is to close out games and limit turnovers.

Player of the Week: Cody Martin, Nevada

Eli Boettger is the lead basketball writer at Mountain West Wire. He’s covered Mountain West basketball since 2015 and his work has been featured on Bleacher Report, NBC Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo Sports, MSN, and other platforms. Boettger is a current USBWA member.

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