Rams, Falcons Picked To Finish Near Bottom Of MWC

LAS VEGAS (AP) - UNLV men's basketball team edged defending regular-season champion Brigham Young for the top spot in the preseason Mountain West Conference media poll.

In the women's preseason poll, defending champ Utah retained the top spot.

In the men's poll, UNLV registered 16 of 24 first-place votes and 206 points to edge two-time defending champ Brigham Young, which tallied five first-place votes and 181 points. Both teams went 27-8 overall last year and qualified for their second consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Air Force was seventh and Colorado State was ranked eighth. TCU was ranked ninth among the nine teams.

In the women's poll, Colorado State was eighth and Air Force was ninth.

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