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Boise State vs. Wyoming preview: Can the Cowboys get the upset?

Boise State looks to get back on track against Wyoming.

Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

One of five games on the Mountain West Saturday Slate features Wyoming going on the road to face Boise State (4 P.M. ET on CBS Sports Network.)

Let's be honest Poke Nation, this one is going to be really, really tough.

Boise State is returning from an unexpected horrible week in Colorado... expect them to be focused.

Broncos Head Coach Leon Rice saw his team lose a game they should win verse Air Force (61-53), a team far less talented than them on both sides of the ball.

Then, on Wednesday, Rice watched his best player and team leader James Webb III bury a running game winning 3-pointer at the first overtime buzzer to propel his team to victory over Colorado State.... for it all not to be counted.

The game officials immediately reviewed the made basket at the monitor, as all buzzer beating baskets are. The officials determined that the game clock, which was set at 0.8 seconds was not started upon initial touch, but rather delayed. From there the officials used a stopwatch to matchup up how long it took from Webb III's initial touch to when the ball left his hand, determining it took more than 0.8 seconds.

The controversial call received national attention of many sports networks and shows including SportsCenter. ESPN ran their own clock from the time Webb III touched the ball to when it was in the air. ESPN's clock showed 00.7.

More controversy came with the decision of using a stopwatch due to it being very susceptible to human error. The Mountain West released a statement, affirming that lead official David Hall and his crew got the call correct and after careful review, the amount of time elapsed was between 1.2 to 1.3 seconds.

As rough of a loss and week that it was, the reality is the Broncos have tons to play for with six conference games left. BSU sits in 4th place (7-5) in the Mountain West but is only a .5 game out of second and third place. Opportunities to improve conference tournament seeding present itself in looming road games at third-place New Mexico and at first-place San Diego State.

If the Cowboys want to pull the upset, they will need their back court duo of Josh Adams and Jason McManamen to be clicking on all cylinders. Adams, who is averaging a conference high 24.0 ppg, has NBA ability in getting his own shot anywhere on the floor while McManamen is dangerous from beyond the arc.

Both guards demand a lot of attention from defenses, which open up fast break and open shots for role players like Jeremy Lieberman, Alan Herndon, and Alexander Aka Gorski.

Both Wyoming and Boise State have been lighting it up from 3-point range. In each teams last game they combined for 38 made three pointers.

It could be a high scoring, fast paced game at the Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon.