Here are my Mountain West men’s basketball power rankings this week.
RPI rankings are from RealTimeRPI.com. The MW moved up from 12th to 11th in conference RPI. Two MW teams are ranked in top 100 in the RPI, and seven are ranked between 112 and 180.
As always, your feedback is welcome and encouraged.
1. San Diego State (18-6 overall, 11-0 MW, 43 RPI): Another nice week for the Aztecs as they extended their winning streak to 11 games. It’s not always pretty offensively, but this group finds a way to get it done — especially defensively.
2. New Mexico (14-9, 7-3, 112 RPI): The Lobos split their two games last week, including an overtime loss at San Diego State which there is no shame in. They are still playing like the second-best team in the MW.
3. Boise State (16-8, 7-4, 86 RPI): The Broncos escaped with a home win over Utah State and lost at Air Force. Boise State is reeling a bit, but it stays near the top of the power rankings for now.
4. Fresno State (15-8, 6-4, 124 RPI): A loss at San Jose State was a head-scratcher, but the Bulldogs overtime win over UNLV helped along with the struggles of some other MW squads. A home game Wednesday against San Diego State is a big one.
5. Colorado State (13-10, 5-5, 180 RPI): The Rams nearly won at San Diego State last week, and played much better in the second half to beat Nevada at home. Every game is close for CSU in league play.
6. Nevada (13-9, 5-5, 118 RPI): The Wolf Pack lost its only game this past week, but remains one of the MW’s biggest surprises this season.
7. Air Force (12-12, 3-8, 209 RPI): A huge jump for the Falcons after home wins over Wyoming and Boise State. Can they stay there with a road games at Nevada and San Diego State?
8. Wyoming (12-13, 5-7, 174 RPI): A disappointing loss at Air Force was followed by a record-setting home win over Utah State where the Cowboys made 20 3-pointers. If they do that every game, they won’t lose. But we know that won’t happen (the 20 3s, that is).
9. UNLV (13-11, 4-7, 134 RPI): Two road losses, the loss of forward Ben Carter (knee) for the season and another knee injury to super freshman Stephen Zimmerman Jr. Perhaps two home games this week will help.
10. San Jose State (8-15, 3-8, 297 RPI): Remains out of the power rankings basement, but the Spartans will be tested with road games at UNLV and New Mexico. The team also climbed out of the 300s in the RPI.
11. Utah State (11-11, 3-8, 160 RPI): Even when the Aggies play well they come up short as they now have lost five in a row. With the talent and experience on this team, there is no way it should be where it’s at right now.
This week’s picks (predicted winners in bold)
New Mexico at Utah State, 8 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Boise State at Colorado State, 7 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
Air Force at Nevada, 8 p.m. MT (ROOT)
San Jose State at UNLV, 8 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
San Diego State at Fresno State, 9 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Wyoming at Boise State, 2 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
San Jose State at New Mexico, 4 p.m. MT (ROOT)
Fresno State at Nevada, 5 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
Air Force at San Diego State, 8 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Colorado State at UNLV, 8 p.m. MT (ESPNU)
Last week: 6-4
For the season: 42-17