Saturday's game to watch was UNLV opening up the conference season against San Diego State and it sure didn't disappoint. James Rahon had 22 points and Jamaal Franklin had 24 points, including the game winning basket, for the Aztecs as San Diego State pulled out a close victory at home, 69-67. UNLV struggled to score offensively as they weren't able to get many transition opportunities. As a result, Anthony Marshall was the only player in double figures for the Runnin' Rebels with 26 points.
San Diego State got a big boost in their RPI column as they went from in the 50's to an RPI of 39. The Aztecs are going to still need to get a couple of wins against UNLV or New Mexico this season if they plan on getting a decent seed in the NCAA Tournament. San Diego State also gets a nice start in the Mountain West race while UNLV will most likely have to fight their way back into the discussion for the regular season title.
New Mexico pulled away late to win 72-62 in front of the largest crowd at Arena-Auditorium in recent memory. Wyoming kept the game very close until about 10:00 remaining in the game when New Mexico made a 7-0 run to stretch the lead out to nine poitns. Wyoming was never able to climb back to within striking distance and dropped to 14-3 (0-1) on the season while New Mexico improved to 15-2 (1-0) heading into their matchup this Wednesday at The Pit with San Diego State.
Boise State began their first Mountain West slate by dropping a home game to Air Force, 74-59. The Falcons had very balanced scoring from everyone as four players were in double figures. Air Force shot 48% from the field and 84% from the free throw line, showing a sort of offensive efficiency we haven't seen from the Falcons the past few years. Boise State seemed to have troubles with making shots in this game, as they only shot 39%, 35% from behind the arc. The Broncos had roughly the same amount of chances that Air Force had to score, but couldn't quite take advantage of them.
In the nightcap of Saturday's games, Colorado State won a double overtime thriller at home over TCU. Will Bell, Wes Eikmeier, and Dorian Green each had big games for CSU, scoring 23, 21, and 19, respectively. Jesse Carr added 12 points and Pierce Hornung also had 11 points off the bench for the Rams. TCU's Amric Fields had a huge game off the bench, scoring 20 points. Hank Thorns also added 21 points and Carlon Green had 14 points in the losing effort for the Horned Frogs.
Best Game From Wednesday: UNLV @ San Diego State
You may have thought this would have been an easy choice, but with TCU taking Colorado State into double overtime it was a lot more difficult. Nevertheless, both games were great, but the UNLV @ San Diego State game was featuring two ranked teams and had a lot more on the line than the CSU-TCU game.
Here are the current Mountain West standings:
|Team||Conference Record||Overall Record|
|San Diego State||1-0||15-2|
|San Diego State||39|
This week's games have one featured matchup of pretty good teams, as San Diego State plays New Mexico. Other than that, there isn't really anything worth watching unless you're a fan of that team.
Game to Watch on Wednesday: San Diego State @ New Mexico
Will San Diego State be able to carry over the momentum from their big victory over UNLV and take down New Mexico in The Pit? Lobo fans are looking to sell out University Arena and make this as tough an environment as possible for the Aztecs to win. This should definitely be a good game and also has some pretty high stakes in terms of the Mountain West championship race.