Mountain West Basketball Week 7 Rankings; Colorado State stays at number 1.

Mountain West Basketball Week 7 Rankings; Colorado State stays at number 1.

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Mountain West Basketball Week 7 Rankings; Colorado State stays at number 1.

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6.) Utah State – 41 points

The Aggies looked like the conference’s best bet to earn two bids in the NCAA Tournament, despite the Quadrant 4 loss to UC Davis — the caveat being the Aggies couldn’t afford any more bad losses. Add another Q4 loss to the leger, as Air Force stunned Utah State in Colorado Springs. Justin Bean still played like Justin Bean, pacing all scorers with 18 points. Simply put — Utah State couldn’t hit shots, evident by the 47 points. The typically reliable three-point shooting faltered, making only one of 17 attempted triples in the contest.

The Aggies look to rebound in the PIT on Friday against New Mexico. 

7.) Nevada – 39 points

The Wolf Pack completed two games last week! The first, an impromptu matchup in Lawrence against the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks — they’re legitimate contenders to win the national title and beat the Wolf Pack by 27 points. 

Entering league play, the Pack returned to Reno to face an upstart New Mexico Lobos squad. The first half was back-and-forth, but Nevada started getting the ball to the basket, ballooning their lead to 19 with less than five minutes remaining. That lead wasn’t secure, as New Mexico cut the lead to six points with 90 seconds remaining, but Nevada held on, winning 79-70. The frontcourt tandem of Will Baker and Warren Washington combined for 24 points and 20 rebounds in the victory. 

Nevada faces San Diego State on Saturday, trying to add another conference win. 

8.) Air Force – 35 Points

The stunner of the start of league play! Despite scoring under 50 points for the fourth consecutive game, Air Force somehow knocked off Utah State. Freshman Jake Heidbreder scored 14 points, showing his bright future in Colorado Springs in the win. I really didn’t see that one happening, but it’s a massive win for Joe Scott. Air Force kept the pace deliberate, which is the key to their success in Mountain West play. That pace will get tested on Tuesday when Colorado State hosts Air Force in Moby Arena. Scoring 49 points won’t bring Air Force the win over the fantastic Rams offensive unit. 

9.) UNLV – 20 Points

UNLV stayed close to San Diego State, only trailing 53-49 with 5:54 left following a Donovan Williams free throw. The Runnin Rebels could only muster four points in the final five minutes, losing 62-55 as the final tally. Leading scorer Bryce Hamilton scored 15 points, shooting 6-19 from the field in 37 minutes. Donovan Williams leads UNLV in scoring with 16 points in the contest. 

UNLV will travel to the high-altitude Colorado Springs to meet Air Force on Saturday, who won their last home game against Utah State. 

10.) San Jose State – 12 Points

There’s nothing new to report on the San Jose State side of things. The Spartans had their first three conference games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. They don’t play until January 11th at Fresno State, a 20-day layoff between their loss to Santa Clara. 

11.) New Mexico – 11 Points

New Mexico State showed a fight in the loss to Nevada, which as a younger team, is an encouraging sign. Jamal Mashburn Jr and Jaelen House scored 35 points but shot 12-31 from the field. That’s an off night efficiency-wise for both, which won’t happen too often. The Lobos should stay competitive in many games when those team All-League caliber guards are connecting on shots. 

The first Mountain West home game of the Richard Pitino era happens on Friday when Utah State travels to Albuquerque. New Mexico will have its hands full facing the Aggies dynamic duo of Justin Bean and Brandon Horvath.

 


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