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Matt Wadleigh’s Week 14 MWC Hoops Previews and Picks

There are some compelling matchups this week, including San Diego State at Utah State

Posted on February 7, 2023


  By Matt Wadleigh, SuperWest Sports

In last week’s edition, we went 3-1, with the one loss being a potential upset pick of the week.

Utah State upended New Mexico, Boise State got crushed by San Diego State, and Utah State survived a tough road game in Fort Collins against Colorado State.

This week, there are plenty of eye-popping matchups. Where do we begin?

Nevada at New Mexico

Tuesday, February 7
7:30 pm PT, FS1

There are three MWC games on Tuesday night, but Nevada and New Mexico is the best of the entire week, arguably.

The last time these teams faced off, the Wolfpack won a thrilling double-overtime game97-94 in Reno.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. dropped 33 points in that game, but three Nevada players finished with 20 or more points: Will Baker, Jarod Lucas, and Kenan Blackshear.

Nevada then lost to UNLV but beat San Diego State and Air Force last week to put the Aztecs on the edge of the top 25.

New Mexico just lost to Utah State on the road last Wednesday, and the Lobos are looking for revenge on the Wolfpack.

Against the Aggies, Mashburn Jr. scored 17 but shot just 7-of-19 from the field. He can’t afford to have an off night against Nevada.

Even with this game at The Pit, the Wolfpack continue to show why they are looking more and more like an NCAA Tournament lock, and they get another close, hard-fought victory.

Prediction: Nevada 82, New Mexico 80

No. 25 San Diego State at Utah State

Wednesday, February 8
7:00 pm PT, CBS Sports

The MWC schedule is getting really interesting.

The Aztecs lost to Nevada in Reno, then beat Boise State by 20 in San Diego. Now, they head to face Utah State, and the Aztecs already defeated the Aggies by 10 on January 25.

In that win, it was Adam Seiko who broke out with a game-high 25 points on 7-10, with every single field goal being a three-pointer.

Matt Bradley went 2-10 from the field, and Keshad Johnson went just 4-9 (but added 10 rebounds).

The Aggies haven’t lost since the San Diego State game, and they beat New Mexico and Colorado State this past week.

The last time they faced the Aztecs, Taylor Funk led the way with 22 points on 8-13 from the field, and Dan Akin added 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Every game seems to be much different offensively for the Aztecs, and it was Nathan Mensah who led the way against Boise State on Friday with 17 points and 6 rebounds.

Who will show up in this one?

Logan is no easy place to play, but the Aztecs continue to be one of the toughest teams in the nation, and somebody will step up.

Prediction: San Diego State 76, Utah State 71

UNLV at No. 25 San Diego State

Saturday, February 11
1:00 pm PT, FOX

UNLV’s promising start derailed quickly, and they lost four games in a row and six of seven at one point.

The Rebels won three straight, including a win against Nevada, but they then lost to Fresno State by three in Las Vegas.

UNLV is one of the most confusing teams in the country, and they never have it easy while facing San Diego State, especially at Viejas Arena.

On New Year’s Eve, the Aztecs got the win, 76-67. Matt Bradley (23) and Darrion Trammell (21) were a tough combination, although Luis Rodriguez (24) and Elijah Harkless (18) did their part.

In UNLV’s loss to Fresno State, they allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 49 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point land, so they can’t afford to play that badly defensively against any team, especially the Aztecs in San Diego.

San Diego State gets the win in a convincing fashion.

Prediction: San Diego State 78, UNLV 59

POTENTIAL UPSET OF THE WEEK

UNLV at Wyoming

Wednesday, Feb 8
7:30 pm PT, FS1

On Wednesday night, the Rebels head to Laramie to face Wyoming.

Last week, we picked Wyoming as a potential upset team, and here we are again.

This is a perfect trap game: UNLV faces San Diego State on Saturday.

Moreover, the Rebels have just three road wins all year long, and Laramie is known for giving opposing teams trouble.

Yes, UNLV bet Wyoming on January 24. But, here’s an interesting note: Wyoming beat Fresno State by 23 on January 31, and the Bulldogs just beat UNLV in Las Vegas this past week.

Hunter Maldonado also just scored 34 points in the loss to San Jose State, and he does it again against UNLV.

Prediction: Wyoming 68, UNLV 64




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