Fredette’s scoring, San Diego State’s streak highlight Mountain West’s special season

Posted: 01/17/2011 in college basketball
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Jimmer Fredette seeks an encore performance and San Diego State looks for its 20th consecutive victory as this week’s Mountain West Conference play gets going Tuesday.

Fredette and No. 9 Brigham Young (17-1, 3-0) host TCU in a game on Tuesday that should be as competitive as a TCU vs. Wyoming football game. The real suspense lays in how many points Fredette scores.

Fredette scored a season-high 47 points in BYU’s victory over Utah last week, furthering his national player of the year hopes. Connecticut’s Kemba Walker is the only player who can claim to be having as good a season as Fredette at the midway point.

Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 26.1 points and has already won Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors five times. TCU (10-9, 1-3) needs athletic guards Ronnie Moss and Hank Thorns to play like Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose to have any chance of springing an upset.

Sixth-ranked San Diego State (19-0, 4-0) is one of just four remaining undefeated teams and figures to have an easy time with Air Force (10-6, 1-2) on Wednesday. The Aztecs received 30 points from D.J. Gay in beating New Mexico on Saturday.

As someone who has covered games in The Pit, trust me when I say beating the Lobos (13-5, 1-2) in Albuquerque is an extremely tough task. But the Aztecs cruised and led by as many as 18 points, which was New Mexico’s largest home deficit since the 2006-07 season.

Elsewhere around the Mountain West, Colorado State (12-5, 2-1) visits UNLV (14-4, 2-2) while hoping it is not another nightmarish visit. The Rebels crushed the Rams 70-39 last season when the teams met in Las Vegas.

Utah and Wyoming have identical 8-10, 1-3 records and both teams are headed for many more losses over the rest of the campaign. The Utes have Will Clyburn and little else and the Cowboys lost Afam Muojeke to a season-ending knee injury for the second straight season.

For a stellar look at the Mountain West Conference, click here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/mwest/home.htm

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