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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, which won both a share of the regular season title and the conference tournament title, was picked to finish third in the official Mountain West Preseason Media Poll.
The media poll was released Monday.
The Lobos were picked behind No. 20 San Diego State and No. 19 UNLV.
The conference also released the preseason All-Mountain West teams, and for the third straight year, UNM is represented on the squad. Kendall Williams, a junior guard from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of four juniors on the five-man preseason All-Conference team.
Williams joins Chase Tapley and Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, Deonta Burton of Nevada, and UNLV’s Mike Moser. Franklin was named Preseason Player of the Year and his teammate Dwayne Polee II was named the Co-Newcomer of the Year, along with Bryce Dejean-Jones of UNLV.
UNLV’s Anthony Bennett was named Preseason Freshman of the Year.
The Lobos picked up 122 points in the poll of 18 media members from around the Mountain West, two members from each of the nine media markets of the league.
San Diego State received 10 first place votes to edge UNLV in the voting 153-151.
The Rebels took the other eight first place votes.
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