Here is my final Mountain West men’s basketball power rankings of the regular season.
RPI rankings are from RealTimeRPI.com from games played through Sunday, Feb. 28. The MW is 12th in conference RPI, but the league now has three teams ranked in the top 100 after having just two for much of the season.
As always, your feedback is welcome and encouraged.
1. San Diego State (21-8 overall, 14-2 MW, 58 RPI): An odd and unexpected collapse at home against Boise State that snapped a streak of 164 straight wins for the Aztecs when they led with five minutes left to play. Still the No. 1 team in the league, but perhaps more vulnerable now.
2. Fresno State (20-9 overall, 11-5 MW, 84 RPI): In second place alone in the conference, and has won eight of its last 10 games. Also has the longest winning streak in the league at four. I wouldn’t want to play this team in the MW Tournament, and the Bulldogs also are getting healthier from a physical aspect.
3. Boise State (19-10 overall, 10-6 MW, 82 RPI): An impressive come-from-behind road win at Boise State without its best player, junior forward James Webb III, due a knee injury. Also made a big jump in the RPI after it was hovering around 100 last week.
4. Nevada (18-10 overall, 10-6 MW, 109 RPI): An ankle injury to Marqueze Coleman isn’t a good thing, but this team is tough. However, it also fouls a lot and isn’t the deepest team in the league. Will need to clean that up come tournament time.
5. New Mexico (16-13 overall, 9-7 MW, 134 RPI): Fell a couple of spots from last week, and is clinging to No. 5 this week. The team can score, but can’t seem to defend anyone in the second half.
6. UNLV (17-13 overall, 8-9 MW, 135 RPI): Still a bruised and battered team physically, but talented and running more on offense. Depth will likely keep it from making a run at the MW Tournament on its home floor, but watch out for the Runnin’ Rebels.
7. Colorado State (15-14 overall, 7-9 MW, 194 RPI): A blow-out win over New Mexico at home helped the Rams, and they nearly stole on at Nevada before losing in overtime. Not sure what you will get from the Rams night in and night out. But when they are on, look out.
8. Utah State (14-13 overall, 6-10 MW, 160 RPI): A win over San Jose State last week isn’t much to brag about, but remember, this is a veteran team that is playing better as of late.
9. Wyoming (13-17 overall, 6-11 MW, 179 RPI): The Cowboys had tough games against San Diego State and UNLV — both close losses. UW faces San Jose State at home this week and will get a week off before the MW Tournament.
10. Air Force (14-16 overall, 5-12 MW, 200 RPI): Should have won at Fresno State last week. Could move up the standings this week with a couple of wins.
11. San Jose State (8-20 overall, 3-13 MW, 301 RPI): Season is almost over, but at least the Spartans get to play in the MW Tournament this year.
This week’s picks (winners in bold)
Utah State at Air Force, 7 p.m. MT (ROOT)
San Diego State at New Mexico, 7:30 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Nevada at Boise State, 7 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
San Jose State at Wyoming, 7 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
Colorado State at Fresno State, 9 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
Air Force at Colorado State, 2 p.m. MT (ROOT)
Boise State at San Jose State, 3 p.m. MT (MW Network — online)
Fresno State at Utah State, 7 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
UNLV at San Diego State, 8 p.m. MT (CBS Sports Network)
New Mexico at Nevada, 8 p.m. MT (ROOT)
Last week: 7-3
For the season: 62-16