Mountain West Tournament 2013: Biggest Scoring Threats to Watch for

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 11, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 16: Anthony Bennett #15 of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels looks to pass the ball in the second half of the game against the San Diego State Aztecs  at Viejas Arena on January 16, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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The upcoming Mountain West Tournament is shaping to be a thrilling tournament to keep an eye on, as a very evenly matched conference looks for a champion.

No. 12 New Mexico will be the favorites to clinch the conference, but with teams like Colorado State, UNLV, San Diego State and Boise State all proving threatening at times this season, it's hard to truly write any team off from challenging for the top spot here.

What we are bound to see is plenty of points, however, with several teams averaging in the high 60's and low 70's for average points scored per game. So, which players are the biggest threats to get those scores nice and high here and chalk up some memorable performances in the tournament?

Read on find out the Mountain West's biggest scoring threats in 2013.


Anthony Drmic, Boise State

Boise State have a real opportunity to make some noise in the Mountain West Tournament, and if it does, it will likely be on the back of Anthony Drmic.

The sophomore star whose best is still to come, has been superb throughout the season so far and ranks top five in the conference for average points scored per game (17.2) as well as three-point percentage (0.395 percent). Throw in his his strong 0.467 shooting percentage and Drmic has what it takes to be a genuine star throughout the Mountain West Tournament.

And if he gets going, it could mean big things for the Broncos.


Colton Iverson, Colorado State

Colorado State is probably the team most likely to challenge New Mexico here, and will carry good momentum with it into the tournament. The team's biggest X-factor all season has been senior Colton Iverson, who has been an absolute weapon on both ends of the court and will likely be an obvious threat come tournament time in 2013.

Iverson currently sits inside the top-10 scorers in the conference with an average of 14.6 points per game, but it's the fact that he's doing it at 0.598 percent that's truly incredible. And when you throw in his conference-leading 9.7 rebounds per game (also leads in rebounds per 40 minutes also), Iverson will no doubt chalk up some big scores for the Rams in this one.

They haven't beaten the Lobos all season, but Iverson has averaged over 20 points and 14 rebounds in their two encounters so far, so expect him to shine again.


Anthony Bennett, UNLV

How could we have a list of the Mountain West's top scoring players and not mention Anthony Bennett, who has been electric for UNLV all season?

The freshman has been superb in both attack and defense—scoring and rebounding—and gives the Running Rebels a genuine playmaker down the stretch. Which, in a pressure tournament like this, could well turn out to be the difference on the night.

Bennett ranks seventh in terms of points scored per game in the conference with an average of 15.9 per game, but when coupled with his sixth-highest 0.527 field goal shooting percentage and his 10th-highest 0.370 three-point percentage, it's hard not to consider him a real threat here.

Watch for Bennett to take over late, and if he makes big shots down the stretch, UNLV will definitely be a danger team to watch out for in March.


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