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Mountaintop View 12-11-18

MW News Roundup

NCAA Basketball: New Mexico at St. Mary’s Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

As we wait for bowl games to get going, we have some articles to keep you all updated on. We have some news around MW basketball as we inch closer to conference play as well as some stuff to look for in upcoming Bowl Games.

Weir admits Lobos might be fatigued after rough week on the hardwood

After New Mexico lost their last two games by a combined 60 points, head coach Paul Weir thinks his team might be getting fatigued because of high intensity practices. Weir wants to instill a good work ethic in his team but it may be costing them in games. Shooting woes are evidence the team may be needing some rest as the Lobos went from shooting 47.9% from downtown in November to just 29.2% from three so far in December. Whether the team needs rest or not the Lobos, picked to finish third in the conference, need to figure it out.

Week 6 AP top 25 poll

The week 6 college basketball AP poll is out. No surprise as Nevada is the only MW team ranked. Even after beating 2 PAC 12 teams in LA, including a win over 20th ranked Arizona State, Nevada dropped one spot from last week’s poll.

Nevada drops one spot in AP poll, but it might be a good thing in the long-run

Nevada may be 10-0 but Tennessee moved past the Wolf Pack to #4 in the AP poll after knocking off top ranked Gonzaga. While Nevada dropped to #7, their second one spot drop in as many weeks, Gonzaga losing bodes well for Nevada’s chances to eventually claim the top spot. Also, take a look at which teams are trending up and which teams are falling down in Chris Murray’s most recent ballot.

Utah State draft prospects to watch in New Mexico Bowl

Utah State’s matchup with North Texas is sure to be a fun one as both teams average over 35 points a game. Chris Trapasso of CBS sports has identified two Utah State draft prospects to watch in the game. Second-team all-Mountain West RB Darwin Thompson has had a tremendous season as well as TE Dax Raymond. Look for both of these players to improve their draft stock in the New Mexico bowl.

3 MW teams finish in CBS top 25 power rankings

Now that the regular season is officially in the books, CBS has released its final power rankings. Boise State, Utah State, and Fresno State are all ranked in the top 20. Take a look at what CBS has to say about the Mountain West’s top 3 teams. All 3 teams will also be looking to have successful bowl games in order to make the final AP top 25 poll.

On the horizon

  • From yesterday: Be sure to keep up on the Mountain West Recruiting Roundup
  • Later Today: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Revisiting the Crystal Ball
  • Coming Wednesday: a piece on the Curious Case of College Football Playoff Expansion
  • Coming Wednesday: The Talent Gap: a look at San Jose State basketball
  • Coming Thursday: MWC Bowl Games & Bowl Game of the Year Prediction