MW men’s basketball power rankings entering the 6th week of conference play

Here are my weekly power rankings for Mountain West men’s basketball teams heading into this week’s games. Look for these rankings on a weekly basis throughout the conference season. RPI numbers are from NCAA.com as of Jan. 29.

Nevada (18-4 overall, 7-1 MW, 15 RPI): Despite a one-point, double-overtime loss at Wyoming last week that ended a seven-game winning streak, the Wolf Pack stay at No. 1 in these rankings. Will be interesting to see how Nevada bounces back after the loss, and having a week off between games. Games this week: vs. Fresno State, 9 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network); at Colorado State, 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU).

2. Boise State (18-4, 8-2, 42 RPI): The Broncos took care of the bottom two teams in the conference last week. The team is battling an illness bug, but good teams fight through that. Perhaps having just one game this week will give Boise State a chance to get healthier. Game this week: vs. UNLV, 6 p.m. Saturday (CBS Sports Network).

3. New Mexico (11-11, 6-3, 148 RPI): The Lobos are tied with Wyoming for the longest current winning streak in the league at three. First-year coach Paul Weir is making a strong case for coach of the year accolades. Two road games await, which will be another test to see how far this team has come along. Games this week: at Utah State, 7 p.m. Wednesday (MW Network — online); at San Jose State, 4 p.m. Saturday (AT&T SportsNet).

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MW men’s basketball power rankings

Here are my weekly power rankings for Mountain West men’s basketball teams entering the second week of conference play. Look for these rankings on a weekly basis throughout the conference season. RPI numbers are from NCAA.com as of Jan. 1.

1. Nevada (13-3, 2-0 MW, 22 RPI): Started conference play with an impressive win at Fresno State, followed by a surprisingly close win at home over New Mexico. Still a solid No. 1 in these rankings, but for the Wolf Pack to survive the rigors of conference play, it needs to get more out of its bench. Games this week: vs. Wyoming, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network); at Air Force, noon Saturday (AT&T SportsNet).

2. Boise State (12-2, 2-0, 26 RPI): An impressive first weekend of conference play, including a road win at UNLV. Nevada may be a solid No. 1 in these rankings, but the Broncos are not far behind. Boise state averages an impressive 88 points per game. Games this week: vs. New Mexico, 7 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN3 — online); at Wyoming, 6 p.m. Saturday (AT&T SportsNet).

3. Wyoming (10-4, 1-0, 73 RPI): A nice home win over San Diego State to start conference play last week, and now the Cowboys face the two teams ahead of them in these rankings this week. We will learn a lot more about Wyoming this week. Games this week: at Nevada, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (CBS SportsNetwork); vs. Boise State, 6 p.m. Saturday (AT&T SportsNet).

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UW sports live chat replay – Dec. 21

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Dec. 21.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Nov. 16.

A lot of talk about UW football, and the health status of junior quarterback Josh Allen, as the Cowboys play their final home regular-season game Saturday against Fresno State. There also was a good amount of UW men’s basketball conversation as the 2-0 Cowboys prepare to play in the Cayman Islands Classic Monday through Wednesday of next week.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports Thursday.

Lots of talk about UW football and its road game Saturday at Air Force. There also was some UW men’s basketball conversations. The Cowboys open the regular-season Friday at home against Chattanooga.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Lot’s of talk on the Border War as the University of Wyoming football team hosts Colorado State at 5 p.m. Saturday. The game marks the 50th anniversary that the Bronze Boot traveling trophy has been given to the winning team.

Also some solid conversations on UW men’s and women’s basketball. Both squads play their lone exhibition games Friday, and open the regular season next week.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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