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NCAA Basketball: New Mexico at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

With Football season officially in the books after last night’s CFP championship we have most of our action taking place on the hardwood. It was a wild weekend of MW basketball so we have a lot of hoops news to keep you updated on. Take a look at the articles we have for you.

Slow starts finally catch up to Nevada as Lobos rout Wolf Pack at the Pit

Nevada’s habit of falling behind early and storming back in the second half finally falters. New Mexico took it to the Wolf Pack en route to an 85-58 win. This is a wake up call for a Nevada team to stop starting games off slowly. Nevada has already built a strong rèsumè for the NCAA tournament but will need to dominate Mountain West play in order to get the best seed possible.

Is carrying Wyoming starting to tire out Justin James?

Justin James leads the MW in scoring with 20.9 PPG and has put Wyoming on his back for much of the season. James is a MW player of the year candidate but he rarely gets a rest, he is fourth in division I in minutes per game with 38. Since the Denver game James is shooting just 22% from the field and shot only 1-14 against Boise State in their conference opener. Is this evidence that James is getting fatigued? James himself doesn’t think so. Whether fatigue is a factor or not Wyoming is going to continue to rely heavily on their star player.

Boise State blows out SDSU, Aztec’s struggles continue

Boise State, lead by redshirt sophomore Derrick Alston’s career high 30 point game, dominated the Aztecs from start to finish in their home opener. San Diego State was in foul trouble almost the entire game and a program that usually prides itself on strong defense has struggled to stop opponents from scoring. The Aztecs, who came into the game as a top 15 three point shooting team in division I, shot 3-21 from beyond the arc. Boise State starts off conference play 2-0 while the Aztecs are now 0-1.

Week 10 AP poll

With Nevada’s loss to New Mexico there are only 3 undefeated teams remaining but Nevada has not fallen out of the top 10. Nevada drops 4 spots to #10 while the top four spots remain the same with Duke staying on top. Gonzaga is now the highest ranked team on the west coast as they have climbed back up to #5.

Anthony Mathis wins player of the week

On the horizon:

  • Later Today: UNM’s House Of Horrors, a piece on UNM’s home court advantage
  • Later Today: MWC Hoops: How to Watch, What to Look For, and Game Thread (1-5-19)
  • Later Today: Bowl Grades for the Mountain West
  • Later Today: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Team Reviews
  • Coming Wednesday: Mountain West Connection Bracketology: Week One
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: The Legacy of Brett Rypien