UNLV lost 77-67 to 11-2 Louisville but got a 68-65 victory over No. 25 Wisconsin (11-3), albeit in the warm confines of Las Vegas. The Rebels got the league's best victory, a 63-59 win over current No. 11 Kansas State (11-3) in Kansas City, and the 82-70 win over the WAC's Nevada in Reno was also impressive — as was a victory over Virginia Tech. Of note, KSU suspended star players Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelley for the UNLV game.
BYU's best wins were over the Pac-10's second-best team, Arizona, a 87-65 blowout in EnergySolutions Arena. BYU outlasted 12-2 Saint Mary's 74-73 at South Padre Island, and the hard-fought 78-72 win over Utah State at home was solid. The Cougars' extensive experience on the road may help, starting Wednesday.
All these things are measurables — but just theory — this week as actual MWC play kicks off and prowess is proved against the same competition.
"We're smart enough to know nobody cares now," said Fisher of the preseason and his 15-0 mark. Same with the rest, from Heath Schroyer in Laramie to Steve Alford in the newly outfitted Pit in Albuquerque, it is a brand new season.
"There are very few secrets now," said Fisher.
"We now have last year's game plans and prep to lean on with each other. Things may change in terms of what you are able to do, but hopefully we'll do some bottom-line things that allow us to win."
Sounds like a plan.
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