Here are my Mountain West men’s basketball power rankings this week.
RPI rankings are from RealTimeRPI.com. Only two MW teams have RPIs in the top 100, and seven are ranked between 113 and 196. As a league, the MW still has an RPI of 12 out of 32 conferences. The Summit, Mid-American and Colonial leagues are currently ahead of the MW.
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1. San Diego State (16-6 overall, 9-0 MW, 47 RPI): An impressive week for the Aztecs with road wins over Nevada and UNLV. They have won nine in a row, and they shot less than 30 percent and still won at Nevada. If only this team was consistent on offense.
2. New Mexico (13-8, 6-2, 122 RPI): The Lobos moved into second place in the MW standings, as well to second in this week’s power rankings thanks in large part to their win at Boise State Saturday. We’ve seen a lot of ups and downs from New Mexico, but it has won four in a row.
3. Boise State (15-7, 6-3, 87 RPI): A tough week for a good team after losses at UNLV and at home to New Mexico. This didn’t do the league a lot of good, but the Broncos are still a veteran and solid group. It needs to bounce back Tuesday at home against Utah St.
4. Fresno State (14-7, 5-3, 113 RPI): A win at home over Wyoming was the Bulldogs’ only game last week. For it to stay in this spot, or possibly move up, it must win at San Jose State and at home against UNLV Saturday.
5. Nevada (13-8, 5-4, 117 RPI): A slight drop for the Wolf Pack, but it bounced back from a disappointing three-point home loss to San Diego State with a road win at Utah State. Another challenging road game awaits Saturday at Colorado State.
6. UNLV (13-9, 4-5, 121 RPI): A 10-point home win over Boise State, followed by a 15-point home loss to San Diego State. This is Runnin’ Rebel basketball in a nutshell. At times they play like the best team in the league. Other times. … not so much.
7. Wyoming (11-12, 4-6, 172 RPI): Perhaps a bit of a homer pick here, but a win over Colorado State last Saturday helped the Cowboys’ cause. To possibly rise, and for sure not fall, they must win at Air Force and at home against Utah State this week.
8. Colorado State (12-9, 4-4, 196 RPI): Again, the loss to Wyoming landed the Rams here this week. However, I don’t think Colorado State is the eighth-best team in the conference. I see better days ahead for the Rams.
9. Utah State (11-9, 3-6, 149 RPI): The Aggies should be better than this with a veteran team and proven talent in the conference. But they’ve lost three straight and must go to Boise State and Wyoming this week.
10. San Jose State (7-15, 2-8, 321 RPI): The Spartans are finally out of the power rankings basement. They hammered Air Force at home by 21 last Saturday. Fresno State better be ready to play there Wednesday.
11. Air Force (10-12, 1-8, 231 RPI): The losing streak is now eight, which is the longest in the league right now. The blowout loss at San Jose State put the Falcons here, and it is odd that after a solid start in the nonconference that they have struggled like this.
This week’s picks (predicted winners in bold)
UNLV at New Mexico, 6 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Wyoming at Air Force, 7 p.m. MT (ROOT)
Utah State at Boise State, 7 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
Colorado State at San Diego State, 9 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
Fresno State at San Jose State, 8 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
Boise State at Air Force, Noon MT (ROOT)
New Mexico at San Diego State, 2 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Nevada at Colorado State, 2 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
Utah State at Wyoming, 4 p.m. MT (ROOT)
UNLV at Fresno State, 5 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
Last week: 7-3
For the season: 36-13