Matt Wadleigh’s Mountain West Hoops Previews and Picks

Posted on January 25, 2023

  By Matt Wadleigh, SuperWest Sports activities

Last week’s males’s hoops motion within the Mountain West was enjoyable to observe.

If you happen to learn this column final week, then you recognize I used to be 5-0 in my predictions, together with Nevada’s gorgeous double-overtime win towards New Mexico, led by Will Baker, who had 28 factors for the Wolfpack.

There are many video games to observe this week, and we look at a number of and gave extra predictions for the upcoming week.

Utah State at San Diego State

Wednesday, January 25
8:00 pm PT, CBS Sports activities

Yes, Utah State is hanging round only one recreation again of the Aztecs for the highest spot within the Mountain West Convention.

A win at Viejas Area can be large for his or her at-large hopes and an opportunity to win the MWC.

Sadly, the Aztecs are enjoying sound basketball proper now, and they’re practically unbeatable at house (in addition to New Mexico a few weeks in the past).

Steve Ashworth and Taylor Funk play effectively, however the Aztecs win one other shut recreation and maintain tight to the MWC lead.

Prediction: SDSU 67, Utah State 61

Air Pressure at No. 25 New Mexico

Friday, January 27
7:00 pm PT, CBS Sports activities

The distinctive fashion of Air Pressure at all times provides opposing groups issues. The Falcons are simply 12-8 on the 12 months and watched their three-game successful streak finish by the hands of the Aztecs.

It’s too dangerous for Air Pressure proper now as a result of New Mexico goes to be much more motivated coming off a crushing loss to Nevada.

The Lobos dominate from begin to end and blow out the Falcons.

Prediction: New Mexico 77, Air Pressure 51

Nevada at UNLV

Saturday, January 28
7:00 pm PT, CBS Sports activities

The battle for Nevada is at all times a terrific recreation, even when these groups are dangerous. Nonetheless, this 12 months each groups have a variety of expertise.

Nevada is driving excessive after gorgeous New Mexico, and UNLV misplaced 4 straight getting into the week, and so they confronted Wyoming on Tuesday.

Odd because it sounds, the Rebels have one MWC win—and it got here towards New Mexico. Can they channel that very same vitality and upset Nevada after the Wolfpack’s large win towards the Lobos?

They might, however they don’t. The Wolfpack get a win, though it’s too shut for consolation.

Prediction: Nevada 75, UNLV 71

San Diego State at Nevada

Tuesday, January 31
8:00 pm PT, CBS Sports activities

Last week, we did a sneak peek on the following week, and Nevada pulled it off with a victory over New Mexico, so let’s attempt it once more.

The Wolfpack host the Aztecs in Reno, and San Diego State and Nevada each play on Saturday night time.

Nevada misplaced to the Aztecs in San Diego by 9 again in January, and being house ought to be a bonus for the Wolfpack.

Right here’s the excellent news: Nevada performs a greater recreation. Right here’s the dangerous information for them: The Aztecs get the win regardless.

Matt Bradley and Keshad Johnson proceed to play effectively and take a controlling MWC lead.

Prediction: San Diego State 74, Nevada 69


Utah State at Fresno State

Saturday, January 28
4:00 pm PT, Mountain West Community

Okeep in thoughts that is an upset choose, which means it’s not more likely to occur. Nonetheless, it might occur. Keep in mind when New Mexico was the final undefeated workforce in your entire nation?

Nicely, the Bulldogs shocked the Lobos in Fresno to shock your entire world. Sure, Fresno State has a foul file, however they in some way discover a approach to stand up and prepared for the massive groups.

Utah State additionally has to play the Aztecs a number of days prior and comply with up Fresno’s recreation with New Mexico on Wednesday, February 1, so this can be a basic lure recreation.

If the Bulldogs beat Utah State and New Mexico in the identical season, Justin Hutson might need a statue on campus.

—Extra from Matt Wadleigh—

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