Falcons Picked to Finish Eighth in MWC

Oct. 17, 2007

MWC Media Slam - Air Force Men's Segment

The Air Force men's basketball team was picked eighth in the 2007-08 Mountain West Conference preseason media poll, released today during the league's media day at The Mtn. studios in Littleton, Colo.

Conference media selected defending regular-season champion BYU to repeat as the Mountain West Conference men's basketball champion, marking the second time the Cougars have been picked to win the crown. Five teams earned at least one first-place vote, with BYU capturing 15 of 22 first-place votes and 181 points for the top spot in the poll. 2007 MWC Tournament champion UNLV (146 points) and Utah (142 points) each earned two first-place votes to finish second and third, respectively, while New Mexico garnered two first-place votes and 128 points to tie for fourth with San Diego State, which received one first-place vote and 128 points. Wyoming collected 120 points to finish sixth, followed by TCU in seventh with 58 points. Air Force was chosen eighth with 54 points, while Colorado State rounded out the poll in ninth place with 33 points.

BYU and UNLV earned NCAA Tournament berths last season, while Air Force and San Diego State were NIT participants. The Cougars captured the regular-season Mountain West title with a 13-3 mark and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament following a runner-up finish in the MWC Tournament. UNLV posted a second-place finish in regular-season play (12-4) and became the second Mountain West team in three years to advance to the Sweet 16, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after capturing the MWC Tournament crown.

Overall, the MWC has had 18 NCAA Tournament appearances the past eight years. Since 2003, all nine MWC teams have participated in postseason play at least once.

Five institutions were represented on the preseason all-MWC team. Wyoming's Brandon Ewing was named the top returning player, while San Diego State's Ryan Amoroso garnered top newcomer accolades. BYU's Jimmer Fredette received top freshman kudos. One senior and four juniors make up this year's preseason all-MWC team.

Preseason Media Poll
School (1st) -- Points
1. BYU (15) - 181
2. UNLV (2) -- 146
3. Utah (2) -- 142
4. New Mexico (2) -- 128
San Diego State (1) -- 128
5. Wyoming -- 120
7. TCU -- 58
8. Air Force -- 54
9. Colorado State -- 33

Preseason All-MWC
Trent Plaisted, Jr., F/C, BYU
J.R. Giddens, Sr., G, New Mexico
Wink Adams, Jr., G, UNLV
Luke Nevill, Jr., C, Utah
Brandon Ewing, Sr., G, Wyoming

Top Returning Player
Brandon Ewing, Sr., G, Wyoming

Top Newcomer
Ryan Amoroso, Jr., F, San Diego State

Top Freshman
Jimmer Fredette, BYU



John Sims AF AotW
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