Here are my Mountain West men’s basketball power rankings this week.
RPI rankings are from RealTimeRPI.com from games played through Sunday, Feb. 21. The MW is 11th in conference RPI. Three MW teams are ranked in top 100 in the RPI, and seven are ranked between 112 and 200 out of 351 Division I teams.
As always, your feedback is welcome and encouraged.
1. San Diego State (20-7 overall, 13-1 MW, 50 RPI): Just one game for the Aztecs this past week, which may have been a good thing as it makes a push toward the postseason. An interesting week ahead with games at Wyoming and at home against Boise State.
2. Fresno State (18-9, 9-5, 94 RPI): In a tie for second place in the MW, and the team that made the biggest jump in this week’s power rankings. A game at New Mexico Saturday will tell a lot about the Bulldogs this week, but they are a team that can win the MW Tournament.
3. New Mexico (16-11, 9-5, 116 RPI): An impressive come-from-behind home win over Boise State was followed up by a disappointing road loss at Air Force. Fans in Albuquerque are not happy with this team and its coach.
4. Boise State (17-10, 8-6, 99 RPI): Just when you thought the Broncos had got things figured out, it blows a big second-half lead at New Mexico in their only game of the week. Should see what this team is made of this week as it hosts UNLV and plays at San Diego State.
5. Nevada (16-10, 8-6, 112 RPI): The Wolf Pack blew a chance to move up the rankings after UNLV hit a last-second 3-pointer to force overtime and then went on to dominate in the extra time.
6. Air Force (14-14, 5-10, 191 RPI): A bit high for the Falcons? Maybe, but it went 2-0 last week with home wins over UNLV and New Mexico. Remember, these are weekly rankings, not season-long rankings. The Falcons now must prove they can win a league game on the road.
7. UNLV (15-13, 7-8, 135 RPI): Lucky to escape with a home win over Nevada. The Rebels are a beat up squad, but still with plenty of talent.
8. Wyoming (13-15, 6-9, 170 RPI): The hot-shooting Cowboys blew out Border War rival Colorado State, but a home loss to Fresno State was disappointing. If senior guard Josh Adams continues to shoot the ball like he did at CSU (37 points, 12 of 20 shooting, 9 of 15 3-point range), foes better be wary of the Cowboys.
9. Utah State (13-12, 5-9, 144 RPI): A team no one in the MW wants to play — home or away. If the Aggies can get things figured out, they will be a factor at the MW Tournament.
10. Colorado State (14-13, 6-8, 200 RPI): Things seem to be falling apart for the Rams.They’ve lost three straight and can’t stop anybody on defense.
11. San Jose State (8-19, 3-12, 298 RPI): The Spartans have had their bright spots this season, but not enough to stay consistency out of the basement of these power rankings.
This week’s games (predicted winners in bold)
New Mexico at Colorado State, 8 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
UNLV at Boise State, 9 p.m. MT (ESPNU)
Air Force at Fresno State, 8 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
Utah State at Nevada, 8 p.m. MT (ROOT)
San Diego State at Wyoming, 8 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Boise State at San Diego State, 4 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Wyoming at UNLV, 6 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
San Jose State at Utah State, 7 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
Fresno State at New Mexico, 8 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
Colorado State at Nevada, 3 p.m. MT (ROOT)
Last week: 4-5 (ouch!)
For the season: 55-13