As the countdown to the 2021-22 college basketball season begins, ESPN's predictions series focuses on the top leagues beyond...the top leagues.
The dust has largely settled on the transfer movement front, and some new national title contenders have emerged.
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— Matt Mitchell scored 14 points to lead No. 19 San Diego State to a 68-57 victory over Utah State in the Mountain West Tournament championship game Saturday.
— Matt Mitchell had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 19 San Diego State to a 77-70 victory over Nevada on Friday in the Mountain West Tournament semifinal.
— Terrell Gomez scored 20 points and No. 19 San Diego State beat Wyoming 69-66 on Thursday to advance to the Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinals.
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— Matt Mitchell scored 19 points and Jordan Schakel added 16 for No. 19 San Diego State, which beat UNLV 71-62 Wednesday night to clinch the Mountain West Conference regular-season title for the second straight year.
— Matt Mitchell hit two free throws with 3.3 seconds left and fellow senior Jordan Schakel made four free throws in the final 8.7 seconds for San Diego State, which beat Boise State 62-58 Saturday for its 10th straight victory.
— Matt Mitchell scored 24 points, including four in overtime, and No. 22 San Diego State overcame 29 points by Derrick Alston Jr. to beat Boise State 78-66 on Thursday night for its ninth straight win.
— Jordan Schakel scored 14 points — 12 on 3-pointers in the first half — and No. 25 San Diego State beat Fresno State 75-57 Saturday night for its eighth straight victory.
— Matt Mitchell scored 19 points and Trey Pulliam matched his career high with 18 for No. 25 San Diego State, which used a 19-0 run to take control in the first half and beat beat Fresno State 67-53 Thursday night for its seventh straight win.
— Jordan Schakel had 24 points as San Diego State rolled past San Jose State 77-55 on Wednesday night.
— Jordan Schakel scored 23 points, hitting four 3-pointers and making all nine of his free throws and San Diego State rolled to an 85-54 win over San Jose State on Monday night.
— Matt Mitchell had 26 points as San Diego State easily defeated Wyoming 98-71 on Saturday night.
— Jordan Schakel posted 16 points and six rebounds as San Diego State easily defeated Wyoming 87-57 on Thursday night.
— Jordan Schakel had 18 points to lead five San Diego State players in double figures as the Aztecs easily defeated Air Force 98-61 on Friday night.
Gonzaga and Baylor are in their own tiers atop men's college basketball. Everyone else, it seems, is fighting for No. 3.
— Steven Ashworth scored 17 points off the bench to lift Utah State to a 64-59 win over San Diego State on Saturday, the Aggies’ 10th straight victory.
— Neemias Queta tallied 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead Utah State to a 57-45 win over San Diego State on Thursday night, the Aggies’ ninth consecutive victory.