Andrew Bogut was named to the presseason all-MWC team.
Oct. 25, 2004
DENVER, Colo. - Utah was placed second when the Mountain West Conference released its men's basketball preseason media poll and all-conference team Sunday at the league's media day held at the Denver Renaissance Hotel. Runnin' Ute sophomore center/forward Andrew Bogut was named to the preseason all-MWC team.
The league media selected UNLV to claim the Mountain West Conference men's basketball title, marking the first time the Runnin' Rebels were picked first in the MWC preseason poll. UNLV tallied 182 total points and 14 of 25 first-place votes. Utah, the defending MWC Tournament champion, earned seven first-place votes and finished second in the poll with 169 points. Defending MWC regular season champion Air Force came in third--its highest-ever pick in the MWC poll--with 142 points and four first-place votes. New Mexico placed fourth with 122 points, followed by BYU (92), Colorado State (87), San Diego State (71) and Wyoming (35).
Air Force posted a 12-2 mark in MWC play last season and was the only team in the nation to win a regular season title after being selected last in its league's preseason poll. The Falcons, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1962, became the fifth MWC team in as many years to win at least a share of the MWC regular season crown. BYU and Utah also advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season after finishing second and third, respectively, in the conference. Overall, the MWC has had nine NCAA Tournament appearances the past three years and is the only conference to have all its members participate in the postseason at least once in that span.
Six teams were represented on the preseason all-MWC team with New Mexico's Danny Granger earning Top Returning Player honors. Wyoming forward/center Justin Williams was named Top Newcomer.
Bogut was named the 2003-04 MWC Freshman of the Year. He was also a second team all-MWC and a second team NABC all-District 13 pick. The native of Melbourne, Australia, was second on the Utah team in scoring (12.5 ppg), and first in rebounding (9.9 rpg) and blocked shots (44) last season.