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  1. New Mexico gives head coach Craig Neal an extension

    Mar 31, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

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    New Mexico opted to extend the contract of head coach Craig Neal on Monday.

  2. Boise State, head coach Leon Rice agree to contract extension

    Mar 30, 2014, 2:34 AM EDT

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    One day after it was reported that he’d interviewed for the job at Washington State, Leon Rice decides to remain at Boise State.

  3. UNLV head coach Dave Rice to remain in Las Vegas

    Mar 29, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT

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    UNLV head coach Dave Rice will remain at the Mountain West school, with UNLV looking to extend his contract through the 2018-19 season.

  4. Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones won’t return to UNLV next season

    Mar 17, 2014, 12:38 AM EDT

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    Already in the offseason after missing out on a postseason bid, UNLV head coach Dave Rice made his first personnel move for the 2014-15 campaign.

  5. Mountain West Tournament: Tough afternoons for Xavier Thames, Winston Shepard III spell doom for No. 8 San Diego State

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Tough afternoons for Xavier Thames and Winston Shepard III hurt No. 8 San Diego State, but they should be encouraged by the play of Dwayne Polee II in Las Vegas.

  6. Mountain West Tournament: No. 20 New Mexico wins rubber match, third straight tournament title

    Mar 15, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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    With the help of their role players and a critical three-pointer from Kendall Williams, No. 20 New Mexico withstood No. 8 San Diego State’s pressure to win the Mountain West tournament crown.

  7. No. 21 New Mexico falls victim to unexpected defensive wrinkle

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

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    New Mexico led by 16 with 12:05 remaining. And then their inability to adjust to San Diego State’s 1-3-1 zone cost them the Mountain West title.

  8. UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones suspended for regular season finale at Nevada

    Mar 6, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

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    Kevin Olekaibe and Deville Smith will be ones who benefit from guard’s absence.

  9. Winston Shepard III, Xavier Thames lead No. 10 San Diego State past UNLV

    Mar 6, 2014, 1:53 AM EDT

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    Senior guard Xavier Thames has led the way all season long for No. 10 San Diego State, as he’s been the best scorer and playmaker for a team one win away from the outright Mountain West regular season title. That was once again the case Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but he had help down…

  10. UNLV’s Roscoe Smith to miss Wednesday’s game due to concussion suffered Saturday

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

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    Saturday afternoon UNLV put forth one of its best performances of the season, shooting 61.8% from the field and 12-for-18 from beyond the arc in their 93-67 win at Air Force. Unfortunately for head coach Dave Rice that result came at a cost, as the school announced on Sunday evening that junior forward Roscoe Smith…

  11. Improved offensive execution keeps No. 25 New Mexico tied atop Mountain West

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Fifteen days ago No. 25 New Mexico blew out Nevada in Albuquerque, shooting 55.2% from the field and assisting on 27 of their 32 made field goals in the 90-72 victory. And considering just how well Craig Neal’s team played for much of that game, it can be argued that the final margin was a…

  12. New Mexico makes statement in win over No. 6 San Diego State

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:44 AM EDT

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    In a season that has seen the Mountain West as a whole not perform as well as in recent years, No. 6 San Diego State emerged as the best team in the conference. With a resume that includes a win at Kansas, the Aztecs looked to be the class of the conference entering their game…

  13. Former San Francisco PG Cody Doolin lands at UNLV

    Feb 21, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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    In what has been an inconsistent season for UNLV, there’s been one particularly glaring weakness: a lack of consistency at the point guard position. Junior Deville Smith, sophomore Daquan Cook and freshman Kendall Smith have all played the position, but none have provided the consistent play Dave Rice needs at the position. And with the…

  14. Five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn commits to UNLV

    Feb 11, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

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    One of the two top remaining available seniors ended his recruitment on Tuesday evening as Findlay Prep (Nev.) shooting guard Rashad Vaughn announced he had committed to UNLV on CBS Sports Network. Vaughn, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., selected the Runnin’ Rebels over four other finalists — Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina…

  15. Wednesday’s defeat followed all too familiar script for Boise State

    Feb 6, 2014, 5:34 PM EDT

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    Wednesday night’s game against No. 5 San Diego State represented a great opportunity for the Boise State Broncos. With all five starters back from a team that reached the NCAA tournament a season ago, the Broncos entered the 2013-14 season with questions of whether or not they had the ability to contend for a Mountain…

  16. Xavier Thames, No. 5 San Diego State snatch valuable opportunity from Boise State

    Feb 6, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Boise State entered Wednesday’s game against No. 5 San Diego State in need of a statement victory. Leon Rice’s team, having already lost seven games and sitting in the middle of the Mountain West standings, wouldn’t have many more opportunities for such a result with the conference not playing at the level it did a…

  17. Winston Shepard III’s growth key for No. 5 San Diego State

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West’s preseason poll, No. 5 San Diego State has proven to be one of the nation’s biggest surprises of the 2013-14 season. Steve Fisher’s Aztecs, who are 18-1 on the season with their lone defeat coming against current No. 1 Arizona, own wins over Creighton and No. 6…

  18. Cameron Bairstow, Hugh Greenwood lead New Mexico over Boise State

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:34 AM EDT

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    Through 20 minutes inside The Pit on Tuesday night, Cameron Bairstow, Kendall Williams and Hugh Greenwood accounted for a combined 35 points, off 12-of-17 shooting. The entire Boise State team shot 10-of-36 from the field for 27 first half points. Boise State would rally in the second half, but its last 20 minutes couldn’t undo…

  19. No. 10 San Diego State flexes defensive muscle against UNLV

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT

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    One of the greatest attributes of Steve Fisher’s San Diego State Aztecs is their length, and its something the nation’s tenth-ranked team has put to good use on both ends of the floor for much of this season. Offensively, with guard Xavier Thames and forward Winston Shepard III leading the way, San Diego State consistently…

  20. Balanced No. 13 San Diego State exorcises Clune Arena demons

    Jan 12, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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    No. 13 San Diego State’s trip to Colorado Springs to play Air Force on Sunday afternoon was a tougher game than some may have realized, and not solely because of the fact that the Falcons entered the game 2-1 in Mountain West play. Dave Pilipovich’s Falcons had won the last two meetings between the programs…

  21. UNLV provides more questions than answers after another home loss

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:38 AM EDT

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    Picked to finish in a tie for second place in the preseason Mountain West coaches poll, Dave Rice’s UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were clearly expected to contend for a conference title. While there certainly were some adjustments to be made given the number of newcomers inheriting key roles, there’s enough talent to make UNLV a factor…

  22. Refusal to settle offensively proves beneficial for No. 21 San Diego State

    Jan 1, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

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    While their game at No. 16 Kansas on Sunday afternoon represents a major opportunity for both No. 21 San Diego State and the Mountain West given the league’s low number of marquee non-conference victories, the fact of the matter is that from an importance standpoint that game isn’t as important as a conference matchup. The…

  23. New Year’s Resolutions: New Mexico Lobos

    Dec 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Over the course of the holiday week, we at College Basketball Talk will be detailing what we believe will be the New Year’s Resolutions of some of the nation’s most talented, most disappointing, and thoroughly enigmatic teams. What can we say, we’re in a giving mood. Who else made Resolutions? Click here to find out.…

  24. Conference Catchups: Mountain West competitive at the top

    Dec 30, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    College basketball is now almost two months old. League play will be kicking off in the next week. Let’s get you caught up on all you need to know with some of the country’s best conferences.  To read through the rest of our Conference Catchups, click here. Midseason Player of the Year: Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico…

  25. Suspended Utah State forward Jarred Shaw hit with felony drug charge

    Dec 28, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Less than two weeks ago Utah State announced that leading scorer and rebounder Jarred Shaw was suspended indefinitely, and on Saturday afternoon a possible reason for the suspension was made public. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Shaw was charged on Friday with distribution of a controlled substance, with the charge being a second-degree felony. Other…

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