Lobos picked to finish 3rd, Brown named preseason P.O.Y

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Craig Neal and his Lobos were picked to finish third in the Mountain West Men’s Basketball preseason poll released on Wednesday. The Lobos got three first place votes.

“Last year we were picked sixth and ended up fourth,” said Lobos head coach Craig Neal. “A year before that we were picked 5th and won it so it is what it is.”

Lobos guard Elijah Brown was named Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year. Brown led the Lobos in scoring last season averaging over 21 points per game. Brown and Lobos forward Tim Williams are also All Mountain West selections. Williams averaged over 16 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Lobos last season.

It’s the first time the Lobos have had two All Mountain West first team performers return. According the the poll the Lobos and the other teams will have their hands full with the San Diego State Aztecs. The Aztecs picked up 23 first place votes to repeat as regular season champs. Fresno State picked up a single first place vote. Although they did not receive a first place vote, Nevada had enough points to finish second.

The Lobos will give fans a peak of the 2016-17 Team at Friday at Lobo Howl. The event will be held at WisePies Arena AKA The Pit and will start at 7 p.m. with the Lobo women’s basketball team on the floor for the first hour. They will be followed by the men.

Here is the full order of finish:

Mountain West Men’s Basketball
Preseason Media Poll

{1st place votes}

1.  San Diego State      ( 23)
2.  Nevada
3.  New Mexico              ( 3)
4.  Fresno State              ( 1)
5.  Boise State
6.  Utah State

7. Colorado State
8.  UNLV
9.  Air Force
10. Wyoming
11. San Jose State

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