By Arnie Leshin
It’s been a back-and-forth battle in Mountain West Conference men’s basketball.
Right now there’s perennial champion San Diego State up on top at 8-1 and 17-4 overall. Next is Boise State at 7-2 in conference and 17-5 overall.
Following these two frontrunners are New Mexico, Utah State and Fresno State, all at 6-3 in the conference, with the Lobos 19-3 overall, Utah State 17-5, and Nevada 16-8.
Three other schools are over .500 — San Jose State, UNLV, and Air Force, but appear to be too far behind so many others to have a shot at being in the conference clash.
Tonight, Boise State is at Air Force, UNLV at Colorado State, Fresno State at Wyoming, and San Diego at Nevada. On Wednesday, New Mexico travels to Utah State.
As far at the top 5 national rankings go, only San Diego State is listed, and it’s at No. 22. In the others receiving votes, New Mexico has 49, Boise State 31, and Nevada two.
One thing about the conference this season, each game is tough and won-lost records don’t stand in the way of surprises. This comes on a night when underdogs Air Force, Colorado State and Wyoming play teams ahead of them in the conference.
On Wednesday, it could be a close when the Lobos hit the road for Utah State.