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MW men’s basketball power rankings entering final week of regular season

Here are my weekly power rankings for Mountain West men’s basketball teams heading into this week’s games, which is the final week of the regular season. RPI numbers are from NCAA.com for games through Feb. 25.

  1. No. 21 Nevada (25-5 overall, 14-2 MW, 15 RPI): The Wolf Pack clinched the MW regular-season title, and has won five in a row. One might of thought the season-ending injury to point guard Lindsey Drew would spell trouble, but this team keeps on rolling. However, two tough road games await. Games this week: at UNLV, 9 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network); at San Diego State, 8 p.m. Saturday (CBS Sports Network)

2. Boise State (22-6, 12-4, 45 RPI): Remains strong at the No. 2 spot, but capable of taking over No. 1. The gap between the top two teams and the rest of the league is quite large. Games this week: at San Diego State, 9 p.m. Tuesday (CBS Sports Network); vs. Wyoming, 5 p.m. Saturday (AT&T SportsNet)

3. San Diego State (17-10, 9-7, 108 RPI): Watch out for the Aztecs. They’ve won four in a row and playing their best basketball of the season. They also get the top two teams in the MW at home to conclude the regular season. Games this week: vs. Boise State, 9 p.m. Tuesday (CBS Sports Network); vs. Nevada, 8 p.m. Saturday (CBS Sports Network)

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MW men’s basketball power rankings entering 9th week of conference play

Here are my weekly power rankings for Mountain West men’s basketball teams heading into this week’s games. RPI numbers are from NCAA.com for games through Feb. 18.

  1. No. 20 Nevada (23-5 overall, 12-2 MW, 9 RPI): Winners of three straight, including road wins at Boise State and Utah State last week. A season-ending Achilles injury to junior point guard Lindsey Drew is big blow. It will be interesting to see who steps up in Drew’s absence. The Wolf Pack has a two-game lead in the loss column in conference standings with two weeks left in the regular season. Games this week: vs. San Jose State, 8 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN3 — online); vs. Colorado State, 2 p.m. Sunday (CBS Sports Network)

2. Boise State (21-6, 11-4, 53 RPI): Still a solid second in these rankings, but the gap is closing. The Broncos have a toughness to them, but may have to fight to keep this ranking and their place in the league standings. Game this week: at Colorado State, 7 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN3 — online)

3. Fresno State (19-8, 9-5, 96 RPI): The Bulldogs have the longest current winning streak in the conference at four, and may be playing the best basketball of any team in the conference right now. This is the team I thought we would see more often than not this season. Game this week: at UNLV, 8 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN3 — online); vs. Wyoming, 8 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU)

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