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Around the MWC

October 20, 2019

Colorado State isn’t the only MWC team practicing right now.

Here’s some of what’s going on around the league:

Initial 2019-20 Pomeroy Rankings Are Out

Ken Pomeroy is one of the leading analytics guys for college basketball. His pre-season analyses are done based on a variety of factors including returning players and the quality of the recruiting classes.

Here’s how he’s pegged the MWC to begin with. Last years final rank is shown in parentheses.

68 Utah State (38) – down

91 New Mexico (188) – up

97 San Diego State (125) – up

98 Nevada (27) – down

101 Boise State (139) – up

106 Fresno State (71) – down

159 Colorado State (180) – up

164 UNLV (165) – same

171 Air Force (243) – up

283 Wyoming (317) – up

332 San Jose State (343) – same

In general, I think the overall trends fit with what I expect. I think Utah State will be higher in the final Pomeroy ranking, as well as Boise State and CSU. I think Nevada and Fresno State will fall even further than what Pomeroy predicts. Overall, I see the MWC as improved over 2018-19.

Nevada Opens Season With 81-52 Exhibition Victory over Cal State- East Bay

Most teams don’t play exhibition games until around the first of November. Nevada’s new head coach Steve Alford decided he wanted to get his team an early start into how His new staff prepares for games. With a new nucleus of players (Nevada lost all 5 starters), he wanted to expose them to how they scout, how they spend the night before the game, how they spend the day of the game, and how he manages a game. Makes a lot of sense. Alford’s team opens with Utah and he wants to be ready.

The result isn’t that important. Nevada struggled early (as expected) but got it going in the second half. Newcomer Jalen Harris (a transfer from Louisiana Tech) led the way with 21 and freshman Zane Meeks has 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

New Mexico, UNLV, Utah State all participated in Secret Scrimmages

They’re not really secret. Everybody knows they’re being played. But the NCAA restricts them to being closed door and limits the actual communication of results. Of course word leaks out as to the results but no one knows under what circumstances the results were achieved.

New Mexico scrimmaged Portland State in The Pit yesterday. Reports had the Lobos leading by 10 in the final minute before a late Portland State rally brought the final margin to 2. Returning Lobos Carlton Bragg and Makuach Malauch reportedly led the ways for the Lobos and their collection of talented transfers were rusty.

UNLV scrimmaged Pepperdine and new Rebels head coach TJ Otzelberger reported that he was happy with the way his team defended but that his team’s offense was not very good because the ball wasnt moving. Newcomers Jonah Antonio (JC Xfer) and Elijah Mitrou-Long (Texas transfer) received the most praise from their coach for their defensive efforts.

Utah State scrimmaged Northern Colorado in Logan yesterday and I cant find anything in the public domain regarding the event.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Fabian Family permalink
    October 21, 2019 5:20 pm

    Not sure what is up with Pomeroy’s initial rating on USU as they return 2 all-MWC players. Although Pomeroy’s preseason ratings have a strong regression to the mean (of the last 5 years of both the program and the coach averages) so maybe that kicked it down? My take from looking at the rosters last spring was that most programs would be better except for Neveda and 1 or 2 others if everyone returned for each team. So while CSU will get better, our conference schedule might be slightly more challenging.

    • October 21, 2019 5:31 pm

      Yeah, I agree with your take on Utah State. I see them as Top 50. As for CSU, I see them better than 180 this year and think they’ll be somewhere between 100-150. I see Boise and New Mexico between 51-100 and SDSU, Fresno, and Nevada somewhere in the 100-150 range.

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