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NCAA Basketball: Boise State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a plethora of basketball news and previews in this Tuesday edition of MWC Connection. We also look a little deeper as to why a 5-star QB transfer ended up at Boise State while late news sees the reigning MW Football Freshman of the Year heading to a national football power. Enjoy!!

MW Basketball News

Mountain West boast 3 teams in latest AP Top 25 Poll

For the first time since 2013, the conference places three teams in the AP Top 25 Poll. Not only that, a fourth team, Nevada, garners enough votes to sit in 30th to start the week.

More proof of the overall strength of the conference, tied for 3rd in conferences across the country

MW MBB Players of the Week

Utah State sweeps the men’s awards coming off a big week culminated in knocking off previously 13th-ranked Colorado State on Saturday.

MW WBB Players of the Week

A forward from UNLV and a guard from San Jose State take the weekly honors as announced by the Mountain West.

Aztec-Spartan preview

The Aztecs are undefeated in the early going so far in conference and go on their first road trip as they head to San Jose. The Spartans have played tough in their two losses, leading early in both games only to falter in the end. Tron Johnson of The East Village Times gives his preview of the game.

How to watch and what to know about Colorado State men’s basketball at Boise State

The probable marquee conference game of the night will be in Extra Mile Arena when the Rams visit the Boise State Broncos. The Rams are looking at getting the bad taste of losing to Utah State out of their mouth while the Broncos will try and continue their nation’s best consecutive home winning streak. Kevin Lytle of The Fort Collins Coloradoan gives us his preview.

MW Football News

Former USC QB Malachi Nelson transferring to Boise State: Why the move makes sense

When most heard that the former 5-star recruit was visiting Boise State over the weekend, few thought he would actually commit. But that is what happened and Nelson is now a Bronco. Antonio Morales and The Athletic staff details why this is the sensible move for Nelson.

Another for my “I did not see that coming” file

On the horizon:

  • Later today: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: 2023 Review
  • Later today: Hike’s Peak Podcast Episode 30: Transfer Portal Talk
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: 2023 Final Grades