Cowboys picked to finish tied for eighth in MW preseason poll
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming men's basketball team has been picked to finish tied for eighth in the Mountain West, as the conference announced its 2021-22 preseason media poll and all-conference team today prior to the start of MW Virtual Media Day on Wednesday.
The Cowboys garnered 79 points from media in the MW. Wyoming will participate in MW Media Day on Thursday.
The Cowboys finished last season with a 14-11 record and pushed top-seeded San Diego State to the wire in the quarterfinals of the MW tournament. The Pokes led the conference in scoring last season at 76.6 points per game.
Wyoming was one of the nation's top three-point shooting teams averaging 10 per game to lead the MW and rank No. 12 in country. Wyoming finished the season with 252 threes, which ranked No. 22 in the nation.
The Cowboys also took care of the basketball ranking second in the MW with only 11.3 turnovers per game.
Colorado State received 11 first-place votes, earned 207 points, and sit atop the preseason poll for the first time in league history. San Diego State was picked second in the preseason poll with 201 points and seven first-place votes, while Nevada was selected third with 189 points and the remaining two first-place votes.
Boise State was chosen to finish fourth with 147 points, Utah State fifth with 127 points, Fresno State sixth with 119 points and UNLV seventh with 109 points. New Mexico and Wyoming tied for eighth with 79 points each, San José State is 10th with 40 points and Air Force is 11th with 23 points.
2021-22 MOUNTAIN WEST PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Points
- Colorado State (11) 207
- San Diego State (7) 201
- Nevada (2) 189
- Boise State 147
- Utah State 127
- Fresno State 119
- UNLV 109
- New Mexico 79
- San José State 40
- Air Force 23
Nevada junior Grant Sherfield was selected Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year, while San Diego State senior Matt Bradley was named MW Preseason Newcomer of the Year and UNLV rookie Keshon Gilbert garnered MW Preseason Freshman of the Year honors.
2021-22 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
Pos. Name Yr. Team
G/F David Roddy Jr. Colorado State
G Isaiah Stevens Jr. Colorado State
F Orlando Robinson Jr. Fresno State
G Grant Sherfield Jr. Nevada
G Bryce Hamilton Sr. UNLV
Preseason Player of the Year
Grant Sherfield, Jr., G, Nevada
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Matt Bradley, Sr., G, San Diego State
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Keshon Gilbert, G, UNLV
Wyoming also announced game times and additional television contests on Wednesday. Wyoming will play seven contests on Stadium this season in addition to the television package announced earlier this month.
The Cowboys will Participate in MW Virtual Media Days at 2 p.m. MT on Thursday. It will be available on the MW Network and GoWyo.com.