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2017-18 Mountain West basketball: Team-by-team capsules and previews

Here is our annual 11-part series previewing UNM Lobo basketball opponents for the coming 2017-18 season. I’ll update individual story links here as they are published in the Albuquerque Journal.

The series features 10 Mountain West opponents published (and listed below) in reverse order of the preseason media poll and one overview of UNM’s non-conference opponents.

Air Force Falcons

Preview: Air Force expects to pick up the pace
2016-17: 12-21 (4-14 Mountain West, t10th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 11th
Head coach: Dave Pilipovich (72-94, 6th season at Air Force and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 3/13
vs. UNM: Dec. 27 the Pit; Feb. 10 U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

San Jose State Spartans

Preview: Spartans rebuild with new coach, minus star player
2016-17: 14-16 (7-11 Mountain West, t8th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 10th
Head coach: Jean Prioleau (0-0, fist season at SJSU and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 3/6
vs. UNM: Jan. 6 the Pit; Feb. 3 San Jose, Calif.

New Mexico Lobos

Preview: Weir’s Science series
2016-17: 17-14 (10-8 Mountain West, 5th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 9th
Head coach: Paul Weir (28-6, second season overall; 0-0, 1st season at UNM)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 1/5

Utah State Aggies

Preview: No Moore, new blood and 3’s help Utah State move on
2016-17: 14-17 (7-11 Mountain West, t8th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 8th
Head coach: Tim Duryea (30-32, third season at Utah State and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 4/7
vs. UNM: Jan. 31 Logan, Utah; Feb. 14 the Pit

Wyoming Cowboys

Preview: Wyoming hopes to build on CBI title run
2016-17: 23-15 (8-10 Mountain West, 7th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 7th
Head coach: Allen Edwards (23-15, second season at Wyoming and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 3/9
vs. UNM: Jan. 10 the Pit; Feb. 20 Laramie, Wyo.

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

Preview: UNLV, again, has loaded recruiting class
2016-17: 11-21 (4-14 Mountain West, t10th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 6th
Head coach: Marvin Menzies (209-132, 11th season overall; 11-21, second season at UNLV)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 1/5
vs. UNM: Jan. 17 Las Vegas, Nev.; Feb. 25 the Pit

Colorado State Rams

Preview: Eustachy not fretting of Rams’ lack of senior leadership
2016-17: 24-12 (13-5 Mountain West, 2nd)
2017-18 preseason poll: 5th
Head coach: Larry Eustachy (513-316, 27th season overall; 111-60, 6th season at Colorado State)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 3/5
vs. UNM: Jan. 27 the Pit; Feb. 28 Fort Collins, Colo.

Fresno State Bulldogs

Preview: Fresno State has quietly become model of consistency
2016-17: 20-13 (11-7 Mountain West, 4th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 4th
Head coach: Rodney Terry (105-96, 7th season at Fresno State and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 4/8
vs. UNM: Jan. 13 Fresno, Calif.; March 3 the Pit

Boise State Broncos

Preview: Hutchison gives Boise State an edge
2016-17: 20-12 (12-6 Mountain West, 3rd)
2017-18 preseason poll: 3rd
Head coach: Leon Rice (142-87, 9th season at Boise State and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 3/8
vs. UNM: Jan. 3 Boise, Idaho; Feb. 6 the Pit

San Diego State Aztecs

Preview: SDSU transitions in life after Steve Fisher
2016-17: 19-14 (9-9 Mountain West, 6th)
2017-18 preseason poll: 2nd
Head coach: Brian Dutcher (0-0, first season overall and at SDSU)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 3/6
vs. UNM: Jan. 20 the Pit (SDSU is one of two MW teams the Lobos will only play once)

Nevada Wolf Pack

Preview: Nevada coach thinks his team is overrated
2016-17: 28-7 (14-4 Mountain West, 1st)
2017-18 preseason poll: 1st
Head coach: Eric Musselman (52-21, third season at Nevada and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 2/5
vs. UNM: Dec. 30 Reno, Nev. (Nevada is one of two MW teams the Lobos will only play once)

More links

Non-conference opponents capsules
Geoff Grammer’s Preseason MWC ballot
Preseason Mountain West ballot article
Weir’s Science offseason Lobo basketball series

2017-18 Preseason All-Mountain West team

(as voted by preseason media)
G Chandler Hutchison, Sr., Boise State
G/F Jordan Caroline, Jr., Nevada
G Trey Kell, Sr., San Diego State
G Koby McEwen, So., Utah State
G Justin James, Jr., Wyoming

Preseason Player of the Year: Chandler Hutchison, Sr., Boise State
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Brandon McCoy, F, UNLV
Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Caleb Martin, Jr., F, Nevada


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