Players weigh in on toughest places to play in MW men’s basketball

I caught up with players from all 11 Mountain West teams and asked them the toughest places to play in the league during MW Men’s Basketball Media Day in Las Vegas.

As you will see, no big surprises where some of the toughest places are, but it’s still fun to see some of the players’ reactions.

G Josh Adams, Sr., Wyoming: New Mexico. Packed house. Very loud. Their fans know everything about you, and they know basketball.”

G Marqueze Coleman, Sr., Nevada: San Diego State and New Mexico. The crowds there are incredible.

G/F Tyron Criswell, Sr., Nevada: San Diego State. Their student section was wild. You couldn’t hear anything. We had to coach ourselves.

G Joe De Ciman, Sr., Colorado State: The Pit at New Mexico. You walk down that ramp and that’s what college basketball is all about.

F Tiel Daniels, Sr. Colorado State: The Pit.

G/F Anthony Drmic, Sr., Boise State: Colorado State, Wyoming, Utah State. Especially Wyoming with the altitude. 

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UW-Colorado St. postgame thoughts/notes

It was not the best game that was played in the Arena-Auditorium as we know it, but it was exciting and for Wyoming as it beat Border War rival Colorado State 83-75 Saturday.

This was the last game in the current configuration of the A-A. Starting Monday it will receive a $30 million renovation.

A lot of streaks were broken with this victory. UW (18-13, 9-9) snapped a four-game losing streak and a four-game slide to the Rams (16-15, 7-11).

But more importantly, the Cowboys finished .500 in conference play for the first time since 2004-05. Coach Larry Shyatt talked a lot about that in his post-game news conference after the game and that he liked to silence those who doubted this team.

Here is what Shyatt had to say:

A San Diego State home win over New Mexico Saturday night will give UW a fourth or fifth-place finish and earn it a first-round bye a the MW Tournament next week in Las Vegas. Not a bad place to be for a team that lost its leader in junior forward Larry Nance Jr..

One has to wonder what could have been had Nance not suffered that season-ending knee injury on Feb. 18. Some wondered if UW would win another game without Nance.

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UW-Colorado St. postgame thoughts

Wow, that game slipped away from the Wyoming men’s basketball team in a hurry.

Tied at 31 at Colorado State at halftime, the Cowboys had no answer for the Rams in the second half in an 82-67 loss in front of a loud and energetic crowd of 6,590 at Moby Arena. There were a good number of UW fans here, but they didn’t have a chance to make a lot of noise in the second half.

Colorado State shot 58.6 percent in the final 20 minutes, and made 12 of its first 17 shots. It also was 7 of 15 from 3-point range, and 5 of 9 in the second half.

UW coach Larry Shyatt and all the players I talked to after the game said UW couldn’t stop the Rams. The Cowboys also couldn’t rebound. They were outrebounded 37-21 and 13-2 on the offensive glass. Colorado State scored 36 points in the paint (18 for UW) and 12 second-chance points.

Not many highlights for UW in this one, but here are a few:

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