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first_imgOctober 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Picked To Finish 9th in Mountain West Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS-Tuesday, during the Mountain West Conference’s men’s basketball media day, Utah State was picked to finish ninth by media from around the league.The Aggies received 78 overall votes, finishing ahead of Air Force and San Jose State.Burgeoning national power Nevada, who made the Sweet Sixteen in last season’s NCAA Tournament, is the unanimous favorite to win the conference.The Wolf Pack netted 207 votes, including 18 first-place votes. San Diego State is slated to finish second, while the Aztecs received one first-place vote and 188 overall votes.New Mexico was slated to finish third, with Boise State in fourth, Fresno State in fifth, UNLV in sixth, Wyoming in seventh and Colorado State in eighth.The Aggies will be led by returning all-Mountain West guard Sam Merrill who led the Aggies with 16.3 points a game last season. He also made 98 3-point field goals, the second-most in a season in program history.After finishing 17-17 last season and 8-10 in Mountain West play, the Aggies brought in a new coach in Craig Smith.Smith comes from the University of South Dakota, where he led the Coyotes to back-to-back postseasons and the 2016-17 Summit League regular season championship.The All-Mountain West preseason team consists of Nevada senior forward Caleb Martin (who is also the conference preseason player of the year), Nevada senior guard/forward Jordan Caroline, Fresno State senior guard Deshon Taylor, Wyoming senior guard Justin James and Nevada senior forward Cody Martin, who is Caleb’s brother. Tags: Air Force/Boise State/Cody Martin/Colorado State/Craig Smith/Deshon Taylor/Fresno State/Jordan Caroline/Justin James/Mountain West Media Days/NCAA Tournament/Nevada/New Mexico/Sam Merrill/San Diego State/San Jose State/Sweet Sixteen/UNLV/Utah State Men’s Basketball/Wyoming Brad Jameslast_img read more

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