Week 7 Mountain West Basketball Power Rankings: San Jose State Is Showing Potential
The Spartans are improving quite a bit despite not winning.
Here are our latest rankings.
Instead of focusing on the top of these rankings which has Nevada at the top, again, but let’s focus on the bottom and specifically San Jose State.
The Spartans have been at the bottom of the rankings each week but they move up two spots to be the No. 9 team and that comes from not even winning.
San Jose State had two close games against the down Pac-12 against Stanford, 78-73, and to Cal, 88-80. The Spartans were close in those game for most of the game but did not have enough to get the wins. Yes, the Pac-12 is down and could be just a one-bid league with Arizona State as the top team through Christmas.
San Jose State is showing heart and playing well with a balanced scoring attack with five players averaging at least nine points per game, and are led by Michael Steadman who is nearing a double-double per game at 13.7 and 9.7 per contest.
Expect the Spartans to pull off an upset in league play and definitely not finish last in the conference this year.
Compare that to Wyoming who does have Justin James but no one else. The Cowboys own the bottom spot this week after losing two games this week in El Paso to East Tennesee State by a score of 76-53, and at one point were down 24-1 and 43-11 at the break. The other loss was a 76-65 loss to host UTEP which also has a losing record this week.
These rankings go through games played from Dec. 17 – 23.