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2018-19 Mountain West basketball: Team-by-team capsules and previews

Our annual 11-part series previewing UNM Lobo basketball opponents for the coming 2018-19 season will post online Oct. 24-Nov. 2 and in print Oct. 25-Nov. 3. I’ll update individual article links here as they are posted on the Journal’s website.

The series features brief previews and capsules of 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.

San Jose State Spartans


Preview: Spartans again starting from the bottom
2017-18: 4-26 (1-17 Mountain West, 11th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 11th
Head coach: Jean Prioleau (4-26, second season at SJSU and overall)
Starters/letterwinners returning: 2/5
vs. UNM: Feb. 13 the Pit; Feb. 26 San Jose, Calif.
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

Air Force Falcons


Preview: Air Force hopes athleticism helps close gap
2017-18: 12-19 (6-12 Mountain West, 9th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 10th
Head coach: Dave Pilipovich (84-113, 7th season at Air Force and overall)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 2/12
vs. UNM: Jan. 2 U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (UNM and Air Force only play once due to the MWC’s unbalanced schedule)
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

Utah State Aggies


Preview: New Utah State coach will have Aggies running
2017-18: 17-17 (8-10 Mountain West, t7th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 9th
Head coach: Craig Smith (79-55, fifth season overall; 0-0, 1st season at USU)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 4/7
vs. UNM: Jan. 26 the Pit; Feb. 20 Logan, Utah
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

Colorado State Rams


Preview: With new coach, Rams ready to turn page on Eustachy era
2017-18: 11-21 (4-14 Mountain West, 10th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 8th
Head coach: Niko Medved (79-87, sixth season overall; 0-0, 1st season at CSU)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 4/7
vs. UNM: Jan. 12 Fort Collins, Colo.; March 2 the Pit
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

Wyoming Cowboys


Preview: Edwards, Cowboys look to Justin James to lead
2017-18: 20-13 (10-8 Mountain West, t7th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 7th
Head coach: Allen Edwards (43-28, third season at Wyoming and overall)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 2/5
vs. UNM: Jan. 19 the Pit; March 9 Laramie, Wyo.
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels


Preview: Menzies’ UNLV Runnin’ Rebels look to rally
2017-18: 20-13 (8-10 Mountain West, t7th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 6th
Head coach: Marvin Menzies (229-145, 12th season overall; 31-32, third season at UNLV)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 2/7
vs. UNM: Jan. 8 the Pit; Jan. 22 Las Vegas, Nev.
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

Fresno State Bulldogs


Preview: Fresno State, new coach will lean on guard play, defense
2017-18: 21-11 (11-7 Mountain West, t4th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 5th
Head coach: Justin Hutson (0-0, fist season at Fresno State and overall)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 2/7
vs. UNM: Feb. 2 Fresno, Calif.; Feb. 16 the Pit
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

Boise State Broncos


Preview: Boise State hoops determined to come up big once again
2017-18: 23-9 (13-5 Mountain West, 2nd)
2018-19 preseason poll: 4th
Head coach: Leon Rice (165-96, ninth season at Boise State and overall)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 2/9
vs. UNM: March 6 the Pit (UNM and Air Force only play once due to the MWC’s unbalanced schedule)
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

New Mexico Lobos

2017-18: 19-15 (12-6 Mountain West, 3rd)
2017-18 preseason poll: 3rd
Head coach: Paul Weir (47-21, third season overall; 19-15, 2nd season at UNM)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 1/4
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

San Diego State Aztecs


Preview: Aztecs have holes but are still talented
2017-18: 22-11 (11-7 Mountain West, t4th)
2018-19 preseason poll: 2nd
Head coach: Brian Dutcher (22-11, second season at SDSU and overall)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 3/6
vs. UNM: Jan. 15 San Diego, Calif.; Feb. 5 the Pit
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

Nevada Wolf Pack


Preview: Talent on Wolf Pack roster runs deep
2017-18: 29-8 (15-3 Mountain West, 1st)
2018-19 preseason poll: 1st
Head coach: Eric Musselman (81-29, fourth season at Nevada and overall)
*Starters/letterwinners returning: 4/4
vs. UNM: Jan. 5 the Pit; Feb. 9 Reno, Nev.
*started at least 50 percent of 2017-18 games

More links

Non-conference opponents capsules
Geoff Grammer’s Preseason MWC ballot
Preseason Mountain West poll article

2018-19 Preseason All-Mountain West

(as voted by preseason media)
• G Caleb Martin, Sr., Nevada
• G/F Cody Martin, Sr., Nevada
• G/F Jordan Caroline, Sr., Nevada
• G Deshon Taylor, Sr., Fresno State
• G Justin James, Sr., Wyoming

Preseason Player of the Year: G Caleb Martin, Sr., Nevada
Preseason Freshman of the Year: F/C Jordan Brown, Fr., Nevada
Preseason Newcomer of the Year: F Vance Jackson, So., New Mexico

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