2018–19 Mountain West Conference men's basketball season

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2018–19 Mountain West Conference men's basketball season
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportBasketball
DurationNovember 2018
through March 2019
Number of teams11
TV partner(s)ESPN, CBSSN, CBS
Regular Season
Tournament
Mountain West Conference men's basketball seasons
← 2017–18
2019–20 →
2018–19 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Nevada 11 1   .917     24 1   .960
Utah State 10 3   .769     20 6   .769
Fresno State 10 3   .769     19 6   .760
San Diego State 8 4   .667     16 9   .640
UNLV 8 5   .615     14 11   .560
Boise State 6 7   .462     11 15   .423
New Mexico 5 8   .385     11 14   .440
Air Force 5 8   .385     10 15   .400
Colorado State 4 8   .333     9 16   .360
Wyoming 2 10   .167     6 19   .240
San Jose State 0 12   .000     3 21   .125
2019 MW Tournament winner
As of February 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Mountain West Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2018, followed by the start of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play begins in January 2019 and concludes in February 2019. The season marks the 19th season of Mountain West Conference basketball.

Preseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

On February 26, 2018, Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy resigned after being placed on administrative leave.[1] On March 22, Drake head coach and former CSU assistant coach Niko Medved was hired as the new head coach of Colorado State.[2]

On March 12, 2018, Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry left Fresno State to become head coach at UTEP.[3] He finished at Fresno State with a seven-year record of 126–108. On April 5, it was announced that the school had hired San Diego State assistant coach Justin Hutson as head coach.[4][5]

On March 11, 2018, Utah State head coach Tim Duryea was fired after three seasons.[6] He finished at Utah State with a three-year record of 47–49. On March 25, reports indicated that the school had hired South Dakota head coach Craig Smith as head coach, which was confirmed the next day.[7][8]


Conference predictions[edit]

Predicted Mountain West results[edit]

Source[9]

Rank Team
1. Nevada (18)
2. San Diego State (1)
3. New Mexico
4. Boise State
5. Fresno State
6. UNLV
7. Wyoming
8. Colorado State
9. Utah State
10. Air Force
11. San Jose State
(first place votes)

Preseason Mountain West teams[edit]

Honor Recipient
Preseason Player of the Year Caleb Martin, Nevada
Preseason Freshman of the Year Jordan Brown, Nevada
Preseason All-MWC Team
Jordan Caroline, Nevada
Justin James, Wyoming
Caleb Martin, Nevada
Cody Martin, Nevada
Deshon Taylor, Fresno State

Source[9]

Watchlists[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Conference Matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play.


  Air Force Boise St Colorado St Fresno St Nevada New Mexico San Diego St San Jose St UNLV Utah St Wyoming
vs. Air Force 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–1
vs. Boise St 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 0–2
vs. Colorado St 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
vs. Fresno St 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0
vs. Nevada 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1
vs. New Mexico 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–1
vs. San Diego St 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1
vs. San Jose St 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
vs. UNLV 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–2
vs. Utah St 0–2 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–2
vs. Wyoming 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0
Total 6–8 6–7 5–8 10–4 11–2 5–9 9–5 0–13 9–5 11–3 2–11

Postseason[edit]

Mountain West Tournament[edit]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Eustachy steps down at Colorado State after being put on administrative leave". ESPN.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Star, Sean (March 22, 2018). "Colorado State set to hire Niko Medved as its men's basketball head coach". Reporter-Herald. Loveland, CO. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Broaddus, Adrian (March 12, 2018). "UTEP hires Fresno State's Rodney Terry as their new basketball coach". theprospectordaily.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Zeigler, Mark. "Fresno State hires SDSU basketball assistant Justin Hutson as head coach". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  5. ^ "Fresno State hires San Diego State assistant as men's basketball coach". fresnobee. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ Greene, Dana (March 11, 2018). "Utah State fires head basketball coach Tim Duryea". Good4Utah. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Source: Utah State set to hire South Dakota's Craig Smith as new basketball coach". Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  8. ^ Garry, Mick (March 26, 2018). "South Dakota's Craig Smith named men's basketball coach at Utah State". Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Roberts, Rachel (October 16, 2018). "The Mountain West preseason basketball poll is out. And Boise State is not happy". The Idaho Statesman. Retrieved October 16, 2018.