Here we are again. We are kicking off another week of Mountain West coverage. Per usual, we are starting the week and day off with links full of news from around the internet, bringing a mix of basketball coverage and football updates. Plus, check out some of our own original content coming this week.
The latest example of this was their 30 point loss to SDSU, their worst in 8 years. At this pace, double digit victories might be out of reach, unless a major turnaround occurs. The last time the Cowboys didn’t hit the 10-win mark was the 1973-74 season. Injuries have certainly been a factor, as they currently have just seven healthy scholarship players.
Chandler is living out his dream playing in the NBA, but it’s not without its ups and downs. He’s carving out a role for himself on the defensive end while trying to establish his offensive game. However, he’s recently moved into the starting lineup. His coach points out how coachable he is and the drive to learn and improve. It sounds like the next step for him is getting more comfortable and then being more assertive on offense while continuing his defense and rebounding. He’s also learning what it takes to succeed off the court.
Six first year men’s basketball coaches are being highlighted for their successful efforts thus far. The MWC has two of the six, Justin Hutson of Fresno State and Craig Smith of Utah State. Hutson is credited with developing a guard-orientated offense geared towards his backcourt talent and thinks they could steal an at-large bid if they keep up their current play. They tout Smith for his ability to find an under the radar player like Queta out of Portugal and developing them into impactful players.
The Mountain West atop the Group of 5 in CFB Playoff earnings
Mountain West finished w/highest computer rankings this year among Group of 5 conferences, earning $20.4 million from @CFBPlayoff. AAC was next ($18.8M), then Sun Belt ($17.2M), C-USA ($15.6M) & MAC ($14M) sources told @WatchStadium. #Power7?— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 11, 2019
MWC Teams announce future games
Breaking News: New Mexico’s football team has added Mississippi State and UMass to its 2020 schedule, a source has told me. The UMass road game is the beginning of a home and home agreement. Lobos also play at USC in 2020, which has been reported. More details to come.— Steve Virgen (@SteveVirgen) January 11, 2019
On the horizon:
- Later today: The latest MWC Recruiting Roundup, hear from some of the latest commits and weekend visitors.
- Later today: Taking the Temperature: New MBB rankings are out.
- Later today: We preview the MWC players taking part in the East-West Shrine Game
- Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly looks at Quarterback play this season.
- Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Was the MWC successful this football season?