Week 11 Mountain West Rankings; Boise State takes top spot

Week 11 Mountain West Rankings; Boise State takes top spot

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Week 11 Mountain West Rankings; Boise State takes top spot

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4.) Wyoming

Wyoming extended its six-game winning streak last week with wins over Nevada, San Jose State, and New Mexico. Standout point guard Hunter Maldonado earned Mountain West player of the week honors after eclipsing the 20-point, double-digit assist mark in two of three games. The duo of Graham Ike & Hunter Maldonado forms of the top duos in the entire country, not just Mountain West. The Cowboys rank 64th in KenPom and 28th in the NET rankings, but those numbers could improve this week. 

What’s next: A trip to Colorado Springs to face a tough Air Force squad.

5.) Fresno State

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs played horribly in the first 20 minutes against Utah State, but the stout defense kept them within striking distance. Shots started falling, and Fresno walked away with a 7-point victory over the struggling Aggies. It was the exact opposite on Friday — Fresno State opened up an early lead on Nevada before the Wolf Pack stormed back and held onto the home victory. Orlando Robinson played like Orlando Robinson, scoring 26 points, but it wasn’t enough to win. 

What’s next: The Bulldogs lost to Boise State by 10 points earlier but will try evening the season series on Saturday. 

6.) Nevada

The season hasn’t gone as planned for Nevada, but the Wolf Pack have the talent to make noise in the league tournament in six weeks, meaning finding some momentum in the final stretch could be huge. They finally ended up on the right side of a home game, beating Fresno State in Reno. The prior loss to Wyoming was due to their shooting struggles, only connecting on 6-20 shots from beyond the arc. They led Colorado State at half time but couldn’t stop the Rams in half number two — eventually dropping the contest by 11 points.

What’s next: Nevada and Utah State struggled in league play.

7.) Utah State

Utah State has lost their five leagues games by a combined 17 points, with the largest margin being seven points against Fresno State. The Aggies would be near the top of the league standings if the ball bounced in their favor a few times; alas, they’re currently 1-5 in leagues games. More of the same happened as Boise State trailed by eight points after 20 minutes, but a second-half surge kept the game close in the final stanza. Steven Ashworth put Utah State ahead by two with 1:14 remaining before an Emmanuel Akot triple tied the game, and Marcus Shaver hit the game-winner shortly after. The Brock Miller injury changed Utah State’s season, as they aren’t shooting the ball consistently without the senior sharpshooter. 

What’s next: Utah State aims to get on a roll following their impressive victory over San Diego State.

8.) UNLV 

The Runnin Rebels dropped two of their past three games, including a 25 point loss by San Diego State. There hasn’t been consistent scoring output from players outside of Bryce Hamilton & Donovan Williams, which isn’t helping the offense. 

What’s next: UNLV can play spoiler when heading to Colorado State over the weekend. 

9.) Air Force

Air Force pulled off the surprising upset over UNLV in Colorado Springs, thanks to Ethan Taylor’s 16 point showing. The gifted 6-foot-5 guard looks like a fixture in the future plans of Air Force basketball. The Falcons limited San Jose State to 53 points a few days later, coming away with the victory.

What’s next: Air Force could struggle over the weekend when Graham Ike and Hunter Maldonado try continuing their winning season.

10.) New Mexico:

Lobo Fans, look, I know the beginning to league play isn’t ideal starting 0-7, but there are plenty of reasons for encouragement. Many of the games stayed competitive throughout, which isn’t something the Lobos saw last season. For the younger players seeing the challenging game in the Mountain West will prove beneficial in the upcoming years. 

What’s next: A great chance to tally the first league win of the year when San Jose State travels to the PIT on Saturday.

11.) San Jose State 

The Spartans haven’t found consistency in Mountain West play, dropping five of six games by double-digit points. It’s become clear that SJSU is the 11th ranked team in the Mountain West.

What’s Next: A trip to New Mexico! That could be a tough game with the dynamism of UNM’s guards. 


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