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  • Mountain West Preview: Who will emerge to challenge San Diego State?

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 days ago

    Yahoo Sports will break down the top 10 leagues for the upcoming college basketball season working backward from No. 10 to No. 1. Here's a look at our No. 8 league, the Mountain West.

    Thanks to the return of all but two rotation players from last season and the arrival of the most decorated recruiting class in school history, defending Mountain West champion San Diego State is a deserving league favorite entering the new season.

    Whether the gap between the Aztecs and the rest of the league is sizable or not depends on San Diego State's ability to generate enough offense without graduated star Xavier Thames.

    Thames averaged 17.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals last season, but stats don't begin to fully demonstrate his impact. Not only was he San Diego State's emotional leader, he also was the Aztecs' offensive catalyst, creating opportunities for himself or his teammates off high ball screens whenever the shot clock began to bleed dry.  

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